Friday, July 2, 2010

Sophie Rose Barton.


I have had a really hard time trying to do a blog post since Tuesday.  A friend I've known since we were teenagers in Connecticut was hiking alongside her daughter at girl's camp on Monday.  After the hike, her daughter, Sophie, passed out, was in and out of conscientiousness and then died at the hospital two hours later.

My heart has been heavy and aching since I heard that news.  She was a bright, beautiful, and talented 17 year old girl.  She wrote songs, played the guitar, and sang beautifully with her sister, Tessa. (You can hear their music here.)

Sophie had been having headaches for a couple of weeks prior so they had made a doctor's appointment for today, but instead, today was Sophie's funeral.  I can't even imagine the grief that this family is experiencing right now.

Funerals are where we pay tribute to the life that has just been lost ... and Sophie Rose had quite the tribute today.  I don't think I have been to a funeral where there were more people in attendance and every person that spoke said the same thing about this special girl - she was always smiling, always happy, always made you feel good ... she was a joy, a gift, and an angel.

So today, although Sophie will be desperately missed by her family and those who loved her, it is comforting to know that she lived a full, rich life in her short years on earth and I have no doubt that she is in the presence of our Savior and singing in heaven.


  1. My heart is heavy as I read your post....the pain for the family and friends that will miss her so much. But I smile to hear that she knows the Lord and was welcomed into His mighty Kingdom!

  2. What a beautiful woman! And I am sure she is wrapped in a new world of such great is us that miss them so that have to deal with some sadness. So sorry about your loss.

  3. Oh my goodness..this so such a sad story...sending you and her family many prayers..God just got another angel! Oh what a sweet angel!

  4. Oh, I have goosebumps. I can only imagine that your heart has been so heavy. Your poor friend, to lose her sweet girl in such a way. And what a beautiful and talented girl she sounds like. Many blessings to you and to your friend!
    xx Suzanne

  5. I'm so sorry to hear this news. Prayers for you and your friend. Sophie sounds like a wonderful girl.

  6. I just watched the video of her and her sister singing and got so emotional! I can't imagine what they're going through. She sounded like such an amazing girl

  7. oh my gosh...when i saw you post this on facebook it made me so sad!! it just makes you think that we REALLY don't know when our last day on earth is going to be! so sad. i listened to sophie and her sisters music and it is beautiful! i'm sure she will be missed!!

  8. i don't know you but i just stumbled across this. sophie was my best friend and your tribute to her means a lot. all true words spoken about her that day. xo