final moments

I sway slowly…waiting.

A tiny, fur-covered figure–a fraction of what he once was–is swaddled in a newborn’s receiving blanket.

“first moments” the tag on the blanket reads.

the irony burns my eyes and the letters blur together.

small snores escape his parted mouth.

I don’t even notice my face is wet until my brother leans in and touches each cheek with a tissue.

thank you for so many years…

thank you for sticking by me while I labored with Eddie…

thank you for staying by my side while I cramped and miscarried.

thank you…

and then…


About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Beautiful piece.

  2. Oh Katie,
    that was so heartwrenching, every detail vivid and raw. Sending you love, hugs and comfort my friend. xo

  3. My heart goes out to you, Katie.

  4. Wow…gut-wrenching and beautiful, at the same time. Sending lots of hugs and love to you…

  5. Katie, this is so beautiful. He was there with you for so much, and you were there for him when he needed you most.

  6. So bittersweet, this. I’ve said goodbye to so many furry family members over the years and it never gets easier.

    Rest peacefully, Louis.

  7. Oh, the juxtaposition between the receiving blanket and the end of life was so beautifully done, though heart-breaking. I’m sorry Katie.

  8. Oh Katie. No words. Only tears.

  9. Oh Katie, so so very sad. I’m so sorry, friend.

  10. It’s been an emotional few days for you, Katie. I’m sorry. This is beautiful. So few words say so much.

  11. Our family is so enamored of our dog and two kittens we conside rthem children. I am so sorry for your loss.

  12. So sad and so beautiful.

  13. Awww Katie, I’m so sorry, that is really hard!

  14. So very sorry, Katie. It’s just an awful thing, no way around it. xo

  15. Oh! Ouch. What a sad, painful time.
    Where are my Kleenex?

    Trish in AZ

  16. No words. Just love.

  17. So sorry sweetie. Hugs to you.