Tuesday, January 27, 2009

274th day in the NICU

At 8:55PM central time, Drayke Alan Crom passed from this world. He was two days shy of his nine month birthday.

There is going to be a memorial service at Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital in the chapel on Saturday.

I will be posting more info after dad & I get some rest.


Anonymous said...

{{hugs}} and love to you. I'm so sorry.

inkprincess from LJ

Anonymous said...

MY thoughts are with you and your family.

Anonymous said...

i'm so sorry. our love to you all.

melissa, adrian, and liam

Carla in Canada said...

I am so sorry. Our thoughts and love are with your family.

Carolyn Wright said...

I cannot even begin to express my sorrow of your loss of Drayke...I am passing on my most sincere condolences to you and your family...

Thank you so much for sharing your experience in Drayke's short but special life with us via your journal. You all have constantly been in my thoughts and prayers these past months.

Mindy said...

He has never looked so gorgeous and peaceful. May his memory be a blessing.

FireMom said...

Our family will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

CD said...

I'm so sorry. He was so beautiful. I'm sure he knew how loved he was, every second of his precious life.

In my short time of "knowing" him since discovering this blog, I fell in love with him.

My thoughts are with you.

Katie said...

I am so sorry. You are in our thoughts and prayers

Laura (speaking for everyone!) said...

What an amazing picture- I am so sorry for your loss. We will be praying for you in these coming days-I can only imagine how your hearts are breaking.

Jeremy, Laura, Tatum and JD

Anonymous said...

I was just checking in on Drayke and my heart hit the floor when I saw the picture. He was a little fighter all his life and I thought he could pull through like he did all those times before. I'm glad I got to know him the short time he was here and I'm very sorry for your loss.

klinqueen said...

Lorri & Robert, I knew that the news wouldn't be good this morning, but when I saw that picture, the tears started big time -- just seeing how much Drayke was loved by you both, and being able to see him at peace with no tubes, no IVs -- thank you for that final image.

And thank you for documenting your journey, as much of a roller coaster ride as it has been for you all. Our thoughts are with you even more today, as they have been throughout these 9 months and before the little one came in to the world so briefly. Hugs to you both.

Love, Sue & Mark

Syren Song said...

We're so very sorry to hear about Drayke, but at least now he can truly rest peacefully.

You've shared with so many people about his life and his struggle. Thank you! Drayke will continue to live in all our hearts and minds forever.

If we could be with you right now, you know we would. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always.

Michelle & Brian & David

Mitzi said...

I was just directed to your site yesterday but wanted to tell you how very sorry I am. After reading all of your entries... I know that he was such a fighter! God bless him.. and the two of you.

Astriana said...

I'm so glad you got to spend some time with him off the machines. This last picture is beautiful. Now he's free to be the little angel we always knew he was.

We wish that we could be there to help you through this. We may not be there physically, but you know we're available any time; we're just a phone call away.

All our love,
Holli, Bob & Bobby

Rebekah said...

I am so sorry for your loss. :(

Katie said...

I'm so sorry. Much love to all of you.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts are with you to pull through this difficult time. That picture will forever be in my memory.

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to your family. He was such a beautiful baby boy. He will be a very special angel for your family as well. I'm glad you got to spend some special time with him. Get some rest and *hugs*. He was such a gift.

dana said...

My heart is breaking for you. I am so sorry for you. He is the most beautiful Angel!
Dana and Landon

Ivymae said...

Such a loved little boy. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts are with you. May you enjoy all the good memories of time spent with your son.

With love,

Anonymous said...

I am so, so sorry.

Love and prayers to you all. I will be thinking of Drayke today... and for a long time to come.


Anonymous said...

There are no words, in any language, that could fully express the sorrow that you are facing, but know that there is a world of people, women, men, and children, that are praying for you and praying for Drayke.

I know you are in a world of pain, but take solace in the fact that his pain is over, love.

My thoughts and prayers are with you,

Pious26 from LJ

Mamaduckers & family said...

Drayke is resting safely in the arms of the Goddess now. Take some comfort in that. I am lighting a candle to guide Drayke.
My thoughts and prayers are with you as you learn to live without your angel. There are not enough words in this world to convey how truly sorry I am. Your warrior foght a good fight. May he rest in Valhalla, tha hall of Warriors, fallen in battle.
Mamaduckers from LJ

Anonymous said...

As the mother of an Angel and a preemie my heart goes out to you! I am so sorry for your loss!

Jessica~ Mother to two angels one in heaven and one in my arms

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry...may you and your family find peace. These words seems so shallow when taking into account what you all have just been through, but they come straight from the heart.

Andrea Bock said...

Just wanted to let you all know that you are in my prayers. I know there are no words, but please know that Drayke touched many lives... and changed them all for the better.
Andrea Bock~Emery's mommy

Anonymous said...

Lorrie I am so sorry to hear about this I have been keeping up with Drayke since I've been home. I have prayed constantly that he would get better. I know how hard it was to lose my daughter if you need to talk I'm here.

Kerri @ The Soul Mirror said...

Heavenly Goddess, who fills all realms of sound, light, and vibration.

Thank you for the gift of pure spirit that is Drayke Alan Crom.

We falter in our sadness and confusion over the loss of such a young being, but we are steadfast in our faith that your will is perfect and true.

Please help our eyes to see only the love you have displayed through these nine months
Which to you is only an instant in the primordial vastness that is your creation.

We are truly only love.

We make no other choice now but to align our will and hearts with yours.

Shine your light into our hearts now and forever
In the name of the one you gave, and the one you so lovingly took home with you.

Drayke Alan Crom.


Anonymous said...

I am so sorry you have lost your sweet Drayke. Know that there are many people you don't know that have been touched by his life and that have been praying for him and you both.

Our little Miracles said...

I am so sorry for your loss. We have suffered such a loss and wish so badly that no one else would have to loose a precious child. Many thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Especially over the next several days.

The Snyder's said...

To Drayke's mommy and daddy,
As I have prayed for yall and half tempted to come last night I Want you to know that there are no words that can comfort right now but know that you are in our prayers. We are parents of a Angel as well. He would have been 10 months on Feb 10.. May God comfort you during this time. And know that we are praying for you.

Brad and Tiffany Snyder
Mommy and Daddy of an Angel
Samuel Owen Snyder

Jenn said...

I've been following Drayke's story for a while, and I am so, so sorry for your loss. My son was also a preemie, born at 29w3d, and I first found you through the preemie community on LJ. Our thoughts will be with you and your family, and I sincerely wish you peace.

Anonymous said...

The Crom Family,
It has been a privilege and an honor through this blog to be able to experience this with your family. Our thoughts and love are with you, today and always. May the Goddess bless and keep you and yours, always.
With our Love,
Robert and Lisa King

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Drayke was so beautiful, strong and brave...fighting until the end.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

kirsten said...

I found your blog through another friend and I wanted to offer my deep condolences to all of you. My thoughts are with you. ♥

Kara said...

*hugs and love* I am so sorry, guys. My heart goes out to go you.


Anonymous said...

I've been following Drayke's story over these months. I was so sorry to hear of this. Something happened to make me come look at this blog, though I hadn't caught up for a couple of weeks with one thing and another, and I was sick at heart for you both to see what I feared had happened had in fact come to pass. He fought well and bravely, as did you both. Many prayers to you and yours.


Anonymous said...

I am just crushed by this news. I've cried many times over this sad news and can't even come close to how you two are feeling.
I just felt compelled to let you know that you had my everyday attention on the well being of your precious little boy and I just couldn't help not saying I'm sorry to you. Patience, one day at a time is what I pray for you to have. You have an incredible little angel to be with you forever and that is something in itself. Smile as often as you can. He's watching :)