In lieu of the news article we thought it would be appropriate to give an update on Jared and the boys! Jared is working hard at finishing his residency and being an ever present and amazing father to these wonderful boys! The boys are growing like crazy and every single day they talk about and remember their mom. They learn of the love and sacrifice that she made for them and they continue to miss her like crazy. She is the light and love of their life, and the boys know of their mommy in heaven, who knows Jesus.
We just want to thank all of you for you love and support!
The link to the funeral services
UPDATE #6: It is my greatest hope that she never be forgotten, and live on in the hearts of those who loved her. Our Obituary for my sweet love, Caitlyn Wilson.
Caitlyn Alaska (Hirschi) Wilson, 27, of Hurricane, Utah, passed on December 22, 2022, following childbirth complications that occurred on December 13, 2022, in Buffalo, NY. Caitlyn was born on May 3, 1995, in St. George, UT, to her parents, Michael, and Kristine Hirschi. Caitlyn married Jared Wilson for time and all eternity on December 31, 2019, and proudly bore two perfect sons, Lincoln (17 mo) and Gabriel (1 mo), who were her pride and joy in this life. While Caitlyn accomplished so much in her short lifespan and touched the hearts of everyone she interacted with, her greatest passion was that of a dedicated and loving mother and wife. Caitlyn met her soulmate Jared after each experienced personal trials, and together they treasured a rare and unique understanding of what love can be in today’s world. Never taking it for granted, even for a moment, they planned a lifetime of happiness with dreams yet to be fulfilled. In her passing, her unimaginable love will carry on in the hearts of her husband and children, two beautiful baby boys who will honor and cherish her for their entire lives. Caitlyn’s love of family and desire to be a fantastic mother has roots in her large immediate and extended family. She loved visiting her siblings, playing games, and infecting the room with her beautiful, contagious laugh. Caitlyn followed Jared to the ends of the earth to pursue his career in medicine, eventually moving to Buffalo, NY, where she instantly made their new house a home. Her heart burned with a love of warm southern Utah, but for her family, she was willing and even excited to be in northern New York. Her ability to turn the mundane into the extraordinary was unparalleled and witnessed by family, friends, and coworkers. Her charisma, Christ-like charity, intelligence, beauty, and sass will be remembered by all who had the privilege to know her. Caitlyn exhibited a passion for life rarely seen in one so young. She lived life to the fullest, having moved all over to chase dreams, careers, and hobbies. She felt fulfilled in her many accomplishments and role as a new mother. From being a licensed massage therapist to pursuing her nursing degree, she started multiple small startups and enjoyed diverse hobbies and interests. Caitlyn was faithful to her beliefs and served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Japan. She also served in many other callings and loved the Savior wholeheartedly. She is survived by her husband, Jared, and her two wonderful boys, Lincoln and Gabriel, and further survived by her parents, Michael, and Kristine Hirschi: her siblings, Allie (Tason) Turek, Bailee (Jared) Walther, Mckenzie (Wyatt) Lee, Brigham Hirschi, Zebediah Hirschi, Judd Hirschi, and Luke Hirschi. Many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews will also mourn her loss. The Wilson and Hirschi families are grateful to all the healthcare professionals at Buffalo General Medical Center who worked tirelessly to save Caitlyn. They went above and beyond, and their efforts did not go unnoticed.
UPDATE #5: Today is our 3rd anniversary. I started this tradition with full intention that I would be writing all over the stems of 60+ roses someday.
Each year I’ve written my thoughts about our marriage, our life, our love, our hopes, dreams, anything. Each time I’ve ever given her flowers, she’d save one and kept them in a box to keep forever. In fact, she has a small box of our mementos, first date, later dates, the golf scoresheet when we bet loser had to get a tattoo.. She always kept us close to heart.
In grief we turn to loved ones, friends, from all walks of life, to feel a sense of belonging. From the moment Caitlyn and I met, we could talk for hours. In this tragedy, losing my beloved wife.. the only one I want to comfort me is my best friend.
It’s like waiting for the other foot to drop.. always, but it never comes. I feel like I’m waiting to take a breath, come up for air, and have this weight lifted. It never comes.
Cait was always so patient and so happy and always told me she could never ask for more. Yet, I always wanted to give her more, give her the best, she deserved it. We dreamed of finishing residency, making a life, settling down and finally being done with “The Chase” that is a career in medicine.
I’ll still be giving her her Anniversary Roses. Undoubtedly, I’ll even still find things to write, decades from now. At the end of each year, eve of the new, I’ll wish on stars for a dream that will never come in this life.
We’re working to put together her website, until then Facebook is the easiest way for me to put some thoughts together with pictures. Love you all for the support we’ve had.
December is going to be a hard month for us, but it’s also important to remember the joys we shared. Happy Anniversary my Love, -and to many more in this life or the next.
UPDATE #4: “When I say “I Love you more”, I don’t mean I love you more than you love me. I mean I love you more than yesterday. I love you more than any bad days ahead of us. I love you more than any fight, or obstacle we may face. I love you more, always more. I love you most. “ - Caitlyn Wilson
I wish I could say, something, anything, to share what she meant to me. I believe everyone has their someone. Their someone may not be perfect, but they might be perfect for them.
Most of us, never get a real chance to recognize what is missing most in life, and be granted a second chance. To find the missing pieces and put it together in someone else.
For me and Cait? We got a do-over. We got to be picky. We got to say, “This is exactly what I’m looking for, nothing less.” We were lucky enough to find it. And once found, we knew perfection.
It wasnt just special, it was special because we recognized it for being special. We never took it for granted. Just days before going into the hospital, for what would be our last week on this earth together.. we exchanged a conversation of gratitude, recognition, and eternal love, and a whole lot of luck. We shared Joy in our family, and in each other.
She shared this song with me, Biblical by Calum Scott. (Hope FB doesn’t remove it, it’s his song, copyright and all)
She shared the song, and said “ I want to have it all with you.”
Someday I pray we get the chance, and I’ll live for that day.
But right now, I’m more numb that I thought possible. I’m broken in a way that will never be fully healed. I know I’m not the only one to have felt this in their life, and I grieve for all before and after me who will endure it.
Caitlyn is so special. She is everything I am, and hoped to be. She will, in her absence, still shape the man I aim to become, and guide my boys to become the men she would expect them to be. Her greatest joy, so evident in her many pictures, was being a mother to these sweet boys.
I’ve often found comfort, in writing my thoughts. Poems, songs, short stories over the years.. it’s died out with residency. However, I’ll be creating a blog shortly, for me to talk with Cait. To share our families struggles, to remember her stories, to ask her for advice during the hard times, and to laugh with her during our greatest of times.
Some of this, I’ll make public, and anyone is welcome to follow along, to remember her, to feel our love, and on occasion, I hope, to share their experiences / memories of her.
I cannot thank anyone enough, for the individual and collective generosity towards my small family. Every tiny little bit has been noticed, and appreciated, even if in my grief, I find it hard to maintain energy for conversation. Know that your love and support, helps to hold my mind together.
Please continue to share, love, and remember Caitlyn for who she was, and who she made us become. If so inclined, help support her boys left in her absence, by word or deed.
UPDATE #3: From Jared
This Christmas Eve, as I dress my babies in matching pjs she left behind, we remember the most nurturing, protective and loving mother I’ve ever met.
Each second of every day has been a struggle. Especially as we go through sorting affairs and final plans.
She left me notes, tucked away in her phone like a diary. Things I’ve never read, mementos and memories of our love, and her feelings for me. I’m blessed to have a wife who, even in her passing, has left words of comfort for me, dated years ago, to tell me how much she loved her place in this world as a wife and mother.
“I’ll never finish falling in love with you.” -Cait
Thank you, my love, thank you! We miss you.
We’re grateful for all the help this season, as we prepare for our new lives without its biggest part.
UPDATE #2: Jared’s tribute to Caitlyn
This doesn’t feel real. How can I even try to condense all of these emotions and memories into words.
Every kiss, every look, every touch, brought a lifetime of love. An eternity of dreams shared in every moment.
I can’t even begin to describe your goodness, passions, your uniqueness. Our lives brought us a love, truly one of a kind.
You will forever be in my heart, and in the hearts of your sons. They will know their incredible mother gave everything for them. Even though our family of 4 will never have a family photo, I know that you’ll be with us in spirit, always.
I love everything about you. Your laugh. Your smile. The way you hate your ears peeking through your hair sometimes. I love the way you make me feel. I love the way you dedicated yourself to raising our sons. The way your made our houses a home. Our lives worth living. I love the way you loved me.
I love you. I love you. I love you.
Please, find a way to watch over us, because I need your presence, I miss you. We miss you. Lincoln has cried your name all day.
Heaven gained an amazing soul today, and she will be forever remembered by all those who knew her. I’m grateful for all of the love and support that has been pouring in.
Caitlyn Alaska Wilson, my heart is yours forever and ever.. until we meet again my love.
Update: Sadly, Caitlyn Alaska Wilson returned home to our Heavenly Father early this morning. She was surrounded by her wonderful husband, Jared Wilson, and her dad, Mike Hirschi as well as the medical team that worked tirelessly to fight for her life. She is leaving behind two precious boys, Lincoln (18 months), and Gabriel (1 week), who are a wonderful reminder of all that Caitlyn is. We would like to raise as much as possible for these boys to help ease the burden on Jared. We appreciate all the love and support that has been shown to our family at this time. Please share and donate if you can.
Hi, my name is Bailee and I’m trying to raise funds for my sister and her family. Caitlyn has had major complications during the labor of her second child and these complications have put her in the ICU where she has been intubated and is fighting for her life. Her newborn baby, along with his brother, are happy and healthy and at home being taken care of by my parents. During this Christmas season we ask that if your able and willing to donate to this family in need. Anything will be appreciated even a share! We are so grateful for all the love and support that we have received.