In February 2013, Cassie Stevens was a healthy, happy teen. She developed what was thought to be a sinus infection.
One surgery, five MRI’s, five CT scans, one bone scan, one PET scan, two biopsy’s, one lumbar puncture, and one bone marrow biopsy later, Cassie was diagnosed with cancer.
Why Cancer Doesn’t Have To Have The Last Word
Cassie’s family, friends and strangers prayed for her to be healed.
If God answered prayer based on volume and sincerity, Cassie would be happily at home with her family today.
On July 17, 2013 Cassie passed away after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.
Cassie was only 13.
For a parent, the death of a child is life’s worst nightmare.
Sherry and Greg Stevens were no exception. “We suffer unimaginable heartbreak…holes in our hearts that will never be filled.”
They were sustained in part by one of Cassie’s favourite quotes: “Smile like you’ve never cried, fight like you’ve never been hurt, love like you’ve never been hurt and live like there’s no tomorrow.”
Death Never Comes Easy
We laid Cassie’s body to rest in Edmonton, Alberta knowing full well her spirit was with her Creator and Saviour, Jesus.
As a pastor I’ve grieved with parents who’ve lost newborns, children and teens. I’ve been through the death of both my parents, all but one of my aunts and uncles and a cousin.
It never gets easier.
Her dad said, “Minute by minute…that’s how you live life after you lose a child. You get through a minute, and move on to the next, and then the next….some minutes are good – like those in which you remember something wonderful…and some minutes are very difficult – like when you realize all those important life milestones that will never come (graduations, marriage, etc.)…but all you can do is move on to the next minute..”
But there is hope.
“God comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does He do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us.” 2 Cor.1:3-4 (TLB)
Have you lost a child? A loved one?
Do you need help grieving?
What can you read?
Where can you turn?
Griefshare is a supportive ministry that the Stevens used to find hope. You can too.
Find out about Griefshare at North Pointe here.
There are caring, empathetic people who will stand with you, cry with with you and not try to fix you.
APPLICATION: Have you gone through grief? Would you put your heartache to good use and help someone who is where you were? Join the conversation. Post a comment below.
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