With a Heavy Heart…

ExiliaExilia Louis who has worked at GLA over 11 years died this morning at 7:20 AM.  She continued to have difficulty breathing.  Her CT Scan showed that she had metastatic cancer to her brain.  I had received the results late last week but wanted to wait until the doctor notified the family to tell anyone.  She was to go to the doctor this morning.

She complained of pain in her heart last night before bedtime but I gave her ibuprofen and that seems to help.  This morning she was very restless but talking and even sat up and took a drink of water.  She continued to be very congested and I gave her a medication to help get the fluid off her lungs but it did not have enough time to work.

I went downstairs to get some more medication and Exilia rolled over and stopped talking or making sound.  The staff came running for Mme Bernard and I and we ran upstairs and she was barely breathing and her heart rate was weak.

The staff started wailing which is part of the culture here and I stopped them and said, “She is not gone yet.  Start praying out loud so she can hear you!”  They were too upset to pray coherently and so I told them to sing!  First, Mona started singing and then the others joined in. 

They sang Exilia into Glory!

Our house is a somber house today.  Everyone has a headache and a heaviness in our hearts.  Vivianne, her daughter, who is also the daughter of my heart, is in Pennsylvania and will return home on Wednesday. 

Please pray for all of the GLA staff who are grieving Exilia and pray for her children, Gerard, Tanya (who is pregnant), Nadia (who was supposed to get married on Saturday), Fabienne, Vivianne, and  Fritzner. 

Fabienne who is the youngest was crying and said , “I lost my papa, and now I’ve lost my mama!  it is not fair!”  It is NOT fair, but as I told my staff and her children that Exilia is now with God and we should not cry for her.  We are crying for us that we won’t get to talk to her and see her anymore until we see her in heaven.  But it still hurts.

19 comments (Add your own)

1. Steve and Deb Mazur wrote:
Dixie and everyone at GLA, We are sorry to hear of Exilia's passing, it is hard and there are no words that can express the sadness and grief that you all feel...I remember Exilia from when I came to pick Naomi up. Yet, we are not without hope...she is waiting with God now!! Prayers being said for you!

Mon, July 11, 2011 @ 5:34 PM

2. Chris Hermann wrote:
Dear Dixie and all, We are very sad with you. We are so sorry for the loss of such a beloved helper and friend. We will pray for all of you and for her family. Please know you are on our hearts and we send lots of love. Ken and Chris

Mon, July 11, 2011 @ 5:39 PM

3. Candy wrote:
Bless you all for easing her passing. I hope someday to be sung in glory!

Mon, July 11, 2011 @ 5:39 PM

4. Rori Hartzell wrote:
oh Dixie, I am so sorry for all of you at GLA and all of her family! What a blessing that she was there with you though and you were able to provide comfort and care for her in her last hours. I will continue to pray for her family.... How young is her youngest child? will they be cared for now that they have no momma or papa ?

Mon, July 11, 2011 @ 5:55 PM

5. Éliane Gauvreau wrote:
"And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." (John 8:32)

Mon, July 11, 2011 @ 6:32 PM

6. Allison wrote:
I don't have any words, but I want you to know I will pray for all of you.

Mon, July 11, 2011 @ 7:38 PM

7. Genevieve Thul @ Turquoise Gates wrote:
I am so sorry for your loss and will be praying extra for strength and peace for your team.

Mon, July 11, 2011 @ 7:42 PM

8. Lisa Gemmen wrote:
Oh we are so sorry to hear this...the heartache and grief. We are praying here in Miami!

Mon, July 11, 2011 @ 7:52 PM

9. Ralph Tuttle wrote:
Praying for you in your time of great loss.

Mon, July 11, 2011 @ 7:53 PM

10. Judy wrote:
Praying for all of you at GLA and for Exilia's family. So sorry for your loss.

Mon, July 11, 2011 @ 10:34 PM

11. Jane Blannin-Bruleigh wrote:
Dixie, praying for all of you at GLA. I think it was so good that Exilia was at GLA with your support when this happened. My heart is so sad for Vivianne, as I know her from my stay at GLA and she is now part of the group of us who have lost our mothers to life after death. Continuing to pray for all of her family and all of you.

Mon, July 11, 2011 @ 11:25 PM

12. anita geuze wrote:
praying for all of gla,but specially for the family from exilia.For her children......

Tue, July 12, 2011 @ 3:07 AM

13. Emma wrote:
Praying for you all in this sad time, God bless. Xxx

Tue, July 12, 2011 @ 5:36 AM

14. Ann wrote:
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Exilia. Please know there are people all over this world thinking about you All and Praying for you and Her Family.

Tue, July 12, 2011 @ 9:33 AM

15. Lisa wrote:
Praying for GLA and Exilia's family. May the Lord provide an extra measure of strength and peace for all of you today as you grieve, yet also celebrate Exilia's homecoming with Jesus.

Tue, July 12, 2011 @ 11:07 AM

16. Shannon wrote:
I'm so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts.

Tue, July 12, 2011 @ 11:09 AM

17. Kim Crickmay wrote:
I'm very sorry to hear of this. Praying for you all, for God's tender grace's and peace at this difficult time. He is forever with us and faithful.

Tue, July 12, 2011 @ 3:28 PM

18. anne souville wrote:
Dear Dixie all my thoughts are with you, and the whole staff and of course most with Exilia family I wish it's possible to help the yougest children please telle the staff how important they are for us, how i was happy to know that my daughter had been cared by such great personns and i know that often they are giving our children priority from they own family Anne (mother of Manuella)

Tue, July 12, 2011 @ 5:29 PM

19. John and Alene Veestra wrote:
To John, Dixie and everyone involved in Haiti. We are so sorry to hear your sad news. How difficult it must be to loose such a faithful worker and friend. Prayers and peace. Parents to Jenise and Joseph (adopted in 2001 and 2004)

Tue, July 12, 2011 @ 11:10 PM

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