Funeral

By Molly Bice-Jackson - 9:36 PM

My sister, Amy, wrote a wonderful tribute to Lucy.

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  1. My heart is broken right now. I don't know what to say but that I could not be more sorry for this tragedy happening to your sweet family. I have been reading all your past entries and I know that you cherished every moment you had with your beautiful little girl. That will be something you will always have. We love you and you are in our prayers!
    Maria Wood (Bennett)

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  2. I have no words...only tears.

    I continue to constantly pray for your peace and comfort.

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  3. Thank you for sharing those pictures with us that couldn't be there. The balloons are precious.

    Still thinking about and praying for you...

    You two are amazing. Happy Anniversary.

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  4. You are in our thoughts and prayers daily. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  5. Molly- I am deeply saddened by your loss. I watched as my brother and his wife went through losing their sweet little Ashlee almost six years ago (she was 4), hoping and praying that no one I knew would ever have to go through that. I hope Lucy and Ashlee are singing and dancing together in Heaven and telling each other what AMAZING parents they were so blessed to have on earth. Both of you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers...
    Susie (Elliott) Lage

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  6. Thank you for sharing. No words seem adequate. When my mother passed away in 2002 this passage brought me comfort, "I have beheld his glory, and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love." 2 Nephi 1:15. You are loved.
    Chris, Tammy and the kids.
    http://christammyfam.blogspot.com/

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  7. Somehow those pictures radiate peace. I am so completely heartbroken for you. We continue to fast and pray for you....because I don't know what else to say or do. Love you guys.

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  8. what a beautiful celebration of little lucy's life. love you so much.

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  9. what a beautiful tribute the funeral turned out to be... thank you for sharing your experience so openly.
    you are in my prayers and i think of you as i am at the temple and have been trying harder to enjoy the people in my life around me. thank you for your examples of courage and faith. i admire you although i don't know you personally.
    God Bless

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  10. Wow Molly, your strength to continue on amazes me. Your ability to keep up on this blog and everything else is a testament to your nature. The pictures are so beautiful and so heartbreaking at the same time. Amy (Hack) emailed and gave me the details of Lucy's services. Your family is constantly on my mind and I have a prayer in my heart always for you. I hope that much beauty awaits you and Vic in the days and years ahead.

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  11. Thank you for posting these beautiful pictures...its very wonderful to see that you celebrated her short life with things she loves...pink and Peter Pan. Our hearts are with you.

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  12. Oh Molly,
    I came across your blog after I heard about your sweet Lucy. I cried for you. It sounds like you have an amazing husband and I am so happy that you have each other. I have thought about you many times over the years wondering how my dear old pal was. I wish I had words that could comfort and help but all I can say is I am so uplifted and inspired by your strength and faith. Thanks for posting such beautiful pictures of the funeral. You are in my constant prayers and thoughts.

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  13. Molly, I know that the Lord is giving you and your husband a special strength to deal with this loss. You will continue to be supported by friends, families, angels and our Saviour for the rest of your life. We love you and we love your family.

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  14. Everything looks so beautiful, thanks for sharing. Perfect for sweet little Lucy.

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  15. A picture says a thousand words. Your strength and courage are inspiring. I love you and you are constantly in my prayers.

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  16. Molly,
    You and your family are in our prayers. You have a loving family. What beautiful pictures. Support from our family and friends is what helped us when my mother passed away in 2002. A scripture I love: "I have beheld his glory, and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love." 2 Nephi 1:15. You are loved.

    -Petey- Chris Peterson

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  17. molly and vic.

    I came across your story through my aunt roberta boice's blog. Since reading it last week, you have been in my heart and prayers. Your strength touched me so deeply. Your love and adoration for your beautiful daughter came across so clearly in your previous blog entries. It reminded me of what's most important in life and I thank you for that.

    I was sharing your story on my blog and how it touched me, and strangely enough, my friend e-mailed me and told me that her husband was actually one of the neurologists working with lucy. She shared that he was so impressed by your faith and testimony and how it had touched many people in the hospital. He also mentioned how blessed he felt to know lucy for the brief time and how blessed those are who received the gift of life from her through her donations.

    I guess I just wanted to share that with you. Many people are praying for you during this undoubtedly hard time. love and prayers...ali

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  18. Molly, This is Sarah Hull (sister in law to Jason Hull and wife of Bryant). I have come to your blog often since reading about your family on Ali's (above) blog. I have thought about you everyday since you lost your sweet little Lucy. I just wanted to let you know that we too are part of this huge group of people praying for your family at this time.

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  19. Thank you for sharing those incredibly touching and beautiful photos. We love you guys so much.

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  20. Molly and Vic,
    It is easy to feel the spirit that must have been at the services through those wonderful pictures. It is hard to know what to say, but know that so many people are thinking and praying for you, many like me that have known you only fleetingly and many that may have never known you at all. But, we have all been touched by your examples and by Lucy's life and light. Thank you!

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  21. I just read your sister's letter to Lucy and I am sitting here in tears. I am deeply touched by the outpouring of love and friendship.

    I often find myself impatient and worried about such unimportant things. I hope to keep remembering that this life is precious and we need to treat it as such.

    Love you so much!
    Erin

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  22. Oh dear Molly and Vic, our hearts continue to ache for you. We think of you every day throughout each day and only wish we could provide comfort. Your both truly amazing people and your faith and strenght is beautiful to see. Vic, I hope you got Cody's message a few days back. We have felt it best to give you space and time, but whenever you are feeling to up talking we are here with outreached arms and ears. We love you!

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  23. I just read Amy's description of her trip home. Beautiful.
    What I am most amazed about this whole situation is the effect Lucy's life has had on people's lives. It does reframe the way you think and the attitude with which you approach life.
    I wish I could've been at the funeral to celebrate Lucy's life with you.

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  24. Molly, these pictures are beautiful. I think that is a perfect tribute to sweet little Lucy. I have been thinking about you a lot, if you ever need anything, please let me know, I'm here.

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  25. I have to say Molly that as I've followed this event in your life I have definitely felt the blessing that each day with my daughter brings. Each and every day with the ones we love is a gift. Pure and simple. We don't know when any of us will be called home. Thanks for being so open in sharing this part of your life with us (me). It has really helped me to see some things in a new light.

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  26. Oh Molly...I wish you could wake up from this nightmare too. I have never been through anything as difficult as this so I really can't begin to imagine the magnitude of what you're dealing with. However, from my vantage point you are amazingly strong. I'm sure each day is a whole gamut of emotions and feelings and a struggle beyond what seems possible. God bless you and your family.

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  27. You continue to amaze me at how openly you have shared these experiences with the world at a time of such personal loss and also such personal spiritual moments. I am so grateful for technology that allows us to be in this together. In the times of hand-written condolence cards, one would not be able to read the cards sent to you from other people. But, here, on your blog, we all help each other to understand and to be lifted by different thoughts from everyone who loves you. These photos are phenomenal. Thank you for allowing us to see them, especially for those of us who wish we could have been there with you.

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  28. Molly- these pictures are beautiful. I am touched with you and Vic's strength. I think about you guys often and want you to know that you are in our prayers. Thank you for showing such faith and courage to all of us. You are amazing!

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  29. Hi, I am a friend of Leslie's and just wanted to let you know that this whole tragedy has truly touched my soul. To see the strength of you two losing your only child truly is amazing. Thank you for sharing it, my testimony has been strengthened. I can't help but think of your sweet family on a daily basis. My hope and prayer is that God may bless you and carry you through your hard times ahead.

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  30. Oh, Molly.

    I am incredibly inspired by you and your husband... there is obviously sorrow, but truly, there is peace in your eyes. Your little girl was obviously such a gift that you accept she was just too precious for this world. And how awesome that you already have that understanding.

    God loves you as well as little Lucy... and He is giving her all the hugs you so desperately wish to give her.

    May He bless you & Vic with the warmth those embraces provide.

    *forever, you're in my prayers*

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  31. Molly, I love you. You amaze me everyday when I take time to reflect on what is happening in your life and how much you have changed mine. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself and your family with me. Remember that you are loved more than you will ever know and that you are prayed for constantly. I have read your sister's tribute and I am amazed at all of the support that you have around you. What is even more amazing, is that your Savior is there with you as well and that fact really comes across thru you and Vic. I am greatful everyday for eternal families and for our knowledge of what can be. Molly, I can not begin to imagine the pain that you and Vic are going thru, but I would like to say thank you for sharing this experience with me. It has reminded me of precious truths and helped me to be a better mother to my two little girls. Again, you amaze me and I love you!! (from the bottom of my upper lip) :)!!!

    Danielle (Nearing) Malsbary

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  32. I read your sister's story. It was truly touching. Your little girl has obviously made an incredible impact on so many lives and continues to do so. My life has changed for the better already and I can only imagine how many other's have been inspired and will continually be uplifted through this experience.

    Your friends here in LA are all still praying for you and Vic. I love you guys!

    -jessica

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  33. Hi Molly, I was searching the "blog world" the other day and found you after linking through others in High School.
    I am so sorry to hear about Lucy. It sounds like you and Vic have such a strong hold on everything.
    My prayers are with you...and Lucy.
    Thanks for sharing
    Kristen (Bond) Dunnells

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  34. I want to cry as I look at these funeral pictures trying to picture what my life would be with out my son, and I am wondering.......HOW DO YOU STAY SO STRONG? You are an inspiration to people you don't even know. My heart aches, and goes out to you. -Liz Roth

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  35. Vic and Molly, thanks so much for your blog, I've never appreciated one as much as I have since I heard about Lucy. I wish so much that I could be there with you now, but I'm halfway around the world. Being able to read your words and see the photos makes me feel at least a little like I'm there. If only there were a way to let you feel my love and support in return. I suppose I shall have to rely upon the Holy Spirit for that assistance. I love you two and like Robin, I am grateful for the sealing power which will allow me to see the three of you together. The Lord bless you and keep you.
    Camille

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  36. I am Cody's little sister, Staci. You actually don't even know me, maybe just met me once or twice. But I just wanted to say real quick how amazing I think you guys are, and how inspirational your words have been. Your strength and faith is amazing, and an example for us all. Through such a tragic loss, and horrible circumstances, you are blessing so many lives, including mine. The way i which you write is truly a blessing. I'm sure you are great parents, and Lucy is truly blessed to have you. You are in our prayers. Love, Staci

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  37. Sorry to be a random blogger reading this but I heard your story from a friend of a friend about a month ago and I thought about it a lot. I then stumbled upon your blog. I am SO SO SORRY. She is the most precious little girl ever. I lost my first husband at 26 and I too know something about pain and suffering. It's amazing how resilient we can be. How grateful we are for the gospel and for the next life. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  38. Dear Victor and Molly

    Your folks wrote us about Molly. We can't explain our sorrow and can't imagine the pain in your hearts. We have been touched by your blog and the beautiful pictures of your sweet Molly. What a beautiful little girl. We pray for you and know that the Lord will be with you and keep His arms tightly around you as you continue on.

    Sending much love and many prayers

    Jan and Bill Slocum

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  39. you have such a wonderfull blog... it makes me so sad though

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