Grace Patricia Stewart (21 yrs old) passed away on Friday, June 21, 2019. The past few days were incredibly devastating for our family. Grace tried to commit suicide 3 times within a 24 hour period. Things were chaotic as everyone tried to find a way to keep her safe. She was released from the hospital within 4 hours after the first attempt and again shortly after the second attempt. We were left to believe she was secured in the hospital and kept safe but unfortunately she was released and she was home planning things out even more thoroughly this time.
The following day, Grace was ignoring our calls and messages as family and friends tried to reach out. A family member was on route to her place and 15 minutes away when a frantic call came through….. A friend of hers had gone to her house and found she had tried again and this time she had to be resuscitated and she was rushed to hospital. Unfortunately, Grace was deprived of oxygen for too long and was non responsive. She was on a breathing tube and given every available medication to help her heart but due to the lack of oxygen for that length of time, her body gave out after 8 hours with her family by her side.
As you can imagine, we are absolutely gutted, angry at the loss, we are in disbelief... We want her back. We want a redo.
The support over the last few days has been amazing and we as a family are so thankful for all the love. We cannot even express how deeply and sincerely thankful we are. And being thankful for something is all the more precious right now.
Many have asked for tangible ways to help and this is the point of this Go Fund Me account. There is a need for help with the financial cost of funeral expenses in the wake of this sudden tragedy.
It is also a desire of the family to draw attention to suicide awareness. If ever there was a time for us to talk about the importance of mental health, we sure do feel that now. If there's anything that's been reinforced over the last few days, it's that everyone needs someone to hear them, to love and invest into them. Not everyone can battle through the deep hurts life brings us in the same way others might. Many who were closest to Grace are left to carry guilt of things said or unsaid, done or undone. This has crushed many involved to the core and as you can imagine, there's a lot of what ifs.
One thing that is certain, is this, Grace was loved, cherished and will be remembered as feisty, loving and precious.
Thank you so much for your support, it is much appreciated. Every gift, no matter the amount, is a beautiful gift indeed. We'll communicate the funeral arrangements when they are confirmed.