In The Loving Memory of Gracie King
It's with the heaviest heart that I am setting up this GoFundMe on behalf of my friend, children's lit author A.S. King.
On Saturday, December 1st, the Kings experienced the unexpected loss of their beautiful daughter Gracie. At this time, the family needs the support of their community at large for medical bills, funeral services, and other relevant expenses. All money raised here will go directly to the King family.
Please share this request widely, and give what you can. On behalf of Amy, Topher and their daughter Livy, thank you for your support and allowing time for the family to privately grieve.
Hundreds of people attended one of the two visitation hours. Therapy dogs were there to greet and comfort people. The playlist pumped eclectic music through the intercom, and some of Gracie's favorite books were on display.
The family spoke at the beginning of the service. Then they opened the space to teachers and friends to speak. Soon story after story of Gracie's love and compassion as well as her Gracie specific humor emerged. Some of her classmates and friends stood over an hour in line waiting and wanting to share. It was a truly beautiful thing.
The Warwick High School Band performed at the close of the service, leaving a chair open for Gracie and her sax.
I'd be lying to say that December 8th wasn't a hard day. That the days that have followed haven't been hard. While the family continues to insulate themselves as they grieve, please know they are incredibly thankful for your condolences, cards and offers to help them in any way they need. I know they will reach out when they can.
Amy and the family would like to extend their appreciation for those who, in lieu of flowers for the service, made donations in Gracie’s memory to The Jason Foundation or The Trevor Project. They picked these groups because of their dedication to helping young people like Gracie stay with us.
Again, thank you for holding this family up. Thank you for reaching out.
The next part of this update is so incredibly hard for me. Below is the link to beautiful Gracie's obituary. All information about visiting hours and the service are there.
For those of you who cannot attend but would like to send cards to the family, please message me for an address.
Again, thank you for your love and compassion for the King family.
I will be posting about the service later this evening. Please feel free to message me with questions while the family continues to insulate themselves a bit longer.