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    • I reposted this in hopes that it will get more attention as I have a lot of facebook friends. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  1. My words cannot express how sorry I am for the loss of this fellow mother, pianist… lover of life and love. May her husband know in his heart how many people are pulling for him… sending our prayers from Canada….

  2. Heidi-

    My thoughts are with you all during this time. I also forwarded this information to the Liz Logelin Foundation. If you don’t already know about it, it is a wonderful organization for support in so many ways. I will also share this post and spread the word. My heart breaks for your family right now. Much love to you.

  3. Your family has consumed my prayers. It just pains me for you all. May God show you all peace that can only come through Him.

  4. Heidi,
    I am just finding your blog and sending you and your family prayers. I am so so sorry for your loss. May you and your family find comfort and peace in the wonderful memories. Michele M

  5. Heidi,
    We knew Alice when she was studying piano in London. I wasn’t a close friend of hers but she was a light! An absolute dream! When we heard, through a mutual friend from London that she had passed away, it just broke our hearts. We want you to know that your brother and your family are in our hearts and prayers. We have donated to the fund you have started in her honor. And we hope that you will keep all of us, who knew and loved Alice, up to date on the ways that we can help and support your family through this tragic time. We would love to do more.

    When I think of her I can see her smiling – she had the most amazing – 100 kilowatt smile! I am so, so, so sad that she is gone. All our prayers and our whole hearts go out to you guys.


    Eliza & Jan Dawson

  6. Heidi, I’m reposting and sharing with my FB friends as well in hopes that it draws some support for your brother and family. Praying for y’all as well… ((Hugs))

  7. Our family’s heart and thoughts go out to you and yours. While this is a difficult time, know there is something amazingly great waiting in the future. Please pass on our sympathy to yuor brother and his children.

  8. I am so very sorry for the loss of your loved one. This is such a sad story, my heart aches, HUGS to all of you!

  9. I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. I found your post on pinterest through another person I follow. I have repinned, shared on my facebook profile and page. May the Lord surround you with His love and peace during this difficult time.

  10. My heart aches as I read this story this morning. My thoughts and intense prayers go out to your family and her husband and children today. I’m sorry for the loss. Praying that God’s overwhelming peace will pour out over your family, and that God will strengthen your brother as he faces this new journey.

  11. I randomly came across your blog. I am very sorry for your loss. Please check out . Matt lost his wife the day after their daughter was born and he blogs about the experience of raising his daughter. He is the author of Two Kisses for Maddy. It is the story of Maddys first year. He also has a foundation that helps widowed parents.

  12. My heart and prayers go out to your sweet brother and his family, your whole family. Prayers for your comfort and healing and for those sweet children who will some day be reunited with their mom but for a time will only know of her influence through your family and their dad. It breaks my heart. May God’s strength be with you all.

  13. I am so very sorry for you and your family Heidi. I shared it on FB and though I don’t have too much to spare I did make a small donation. Hopefully a bunch of lovelies can ban together to make the donations pour in! My thoughts and prayers will be with you all. Much Love!

  14. So heartbreaking. Praying for your brother and family now.

    Psalm 34:18
    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit

  15. I know how awful this is for all concerned…I lost my daughter in December 2011 and she left us a six month old baby girl….The pain is indescribable and one feels as if nothing will ever be right….Life goes on without the one that we loved and well meaning people will tell you that at least you have the children….Only time will tell and I pray that you find moments in your day that you can smile…Peace and Love….

  16. I am praying for you and your family. We have had the same loss with our friends a couple years ago. I will be posting about this tomorrow. So sorry for your loss

  17. Heidi I will continue to pray for your family. Donna at Funky Junk Interiors posted your donation info this am. So glad you are doing this for this dear family of yours. God Bless!

  18. Stories like this break my heart. I was widowed almost 3 years ago and have found an awesome support group online. Would you please forward your brother this information as I think they would be great resources for him.

    The Liz Logelin Foundation, they can help financially with grants for widows & widowers with young children. Matt, the founder, also lost his wife as a result of childbirth complications, I think he would be a great person for your brother to connect with.

    The Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation has a great network of people that can help with support and resources. I found them particularly helpful when I was looking for information on how to help my then 2 year old cope with grief.

    Feel free to contact me if you would like more info.

  19. Hello, I dont know you, but I have a friend that lost his wife in the same way when his daughter was 3 weeks old. They also have 2 other children. He was in Medical School at the time and was referred to the Liz Logel Foundation. Please let your sweet brother know about it. It’s a great support system and can open doors for him.

  20. What a tragic story. I reposted the donation link on my blog and am keeping you and your brother’s families in my prayers. How lucky we are to know that this life is not the end!

  21. I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful sister-in-law. My thoughts are with your amazing family during this difficult time.

  22. Sharing one over at the Grey Blog. May peace be with your brother and your whole family this Mother’s Day. Bless those children, especially his baby girl.

  23. I hope my small contribution will help your brother and his family. I’m so sorry this happened. There are no words that could bring you as much comfort as I’d like you to have.

  24. Dear Heidi, I am so sorry for your family’s losses. I am praying for them. Please E-mail me a reminder in about a month if you still need donations. God loves you, and He always has a reason for a death happening. Please find a Grief Support Group, it really helps. Love, Mary.

  25. I am so, so sorry for the loss of Alice. What a beautiful woman.

    Please consider researching Matt Logelin, author of a blog found at Matt is a widower himself (his wife died immediately after birth), and he has started the Liz Logelin Foundation in her honor, which serves widows/widowers with small children to support. There is a very basic application process, and those who are “accepted” receive a considerable amount to help with funeral/grocery/immediate expenses following the loss.

  26. My heart breaks for this sweet family. I have a story just like yours. We lost our sweet, beautiful sister-in-law 10 years ago to the exact same thing. My brother-in-law was left with a 19 month old and a newborn. She held her baby one time, and passed 2 days after Mother’s Day. Our sweet baby just celebrated her 10th birthday. She is the spitting image of her mother… red-head, freckles, and a personality that melts everyone’s hearts. My prayers are with you during this horrible, horrible time.

  27. Heidi,

    Do you mind if I grab the same picture you have in your sidebar and I add it to my sidebar, link to your post. That way every visitor and reader of mine can see it and hopefully visit your post.

    I am so sorry for your loss! I just want you to know that we have your family in our prayers.

    God bless you all…♥

  28. I am so sorry for this loss. I just wanted to write to encourage your brother to explore the facebook page Human Milk 4 Human Babies if he has any desire to avoid formula. This is a free milk sharing community, and it’s where we found milk for our preemie. I know it might be too much to handle right now, but this new baby can still get the healthy antibodies of breastmilk even if mommy is in heaven.

  29. My husband’s family lived just down the street while growing up (Jack Bingham (dad) and my husband, Ryan). We were shocked and saddened to hear this news. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to Kurt, his precious children and your entire family during this difficult time. I know the Lord has his angels with your family.

  30. I just found this post this evening, and my heart if broken for you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I was able to donate just a small amount, but I hope it can help. Keep us posted, let your brother know he has many prayers going out for him and his little ones.

  31. Do you know If the family would be interested in donations of baby clothes? I adopted a baby girl one month ago and I have some brand new and very gently used clothing. Some things were worn 2x. Please let me know <3

  32. 1st let me say how truly sorry I am for your loss. As the mother of 5 I can’t imagine your poor brother trying to cope with his devastating loss and stay strong for his children. So wonderful to have you and your family to be with him….I will keep you all in my prayers. Again so sorry.

    I have donated what I could, and I will share this as well. Blessings to you and your family.

    Lucky 7 Design

  33. Hi, We don’t know each other and I didn’t know Alice, but have come here from Facebook (733Blog / Expressions Vinyl) and wanted to tell you how sad I am to read your story and realise your brother and his children are now without a wife/mother. I will remember them in my prayers and have posted a link here, on my blog. Whoever would read this must be touched – and I think people like to have a chance to help others, as do I.
    God Bless you, your brother and his little family! I hope the network of links that are building around the world, will help him to feel there are people who care – and will benefit him and the children in a practical way too.

  34. May the Lord hold all your hearts gently in His cupped Hands. May the Holy Spirit envelope you all in His Comfort. We weep with you

  35. Heidi…My hearts definitely go out to you and your whole family. It is a terrible tragedy to lose someone you love. Please let your brother know that they will be in our prayers. I wish I could help more…but please know that all of you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Lynne~

  36. So sorry for your loss. I do not have a blog but I will share your story. May God give all of you the strength to endure. $10 isn’t much but if everyone helped one another with waht they could what a world this would be.

  37. My heart aches for your family – and I echo the sentiments of those who commented before me and grieve for your family – but I wish to direct my comment to you. I admire your strength and love for your brother, but I recognize YOUR loss, too. Remember to take care of YOU, too…..

  38. I have linked this post to my Mother’s Day post on my blog, and will also share it on Facebook. I’m so sorry for your loss, and for that of your brother and their precious babies. Not the way this Mother’s Day was expected to turn out. Love to, and prayers for you all.

  39. Dear Heide, My daughter, Morgan Grovenburg, is Alice’s visiting teacher. She was devastated to hear the news and would like to help you brother and the children in anyway they need. She has not seen your brother back at the apartment, but she and her husband Will are available to cook, clean, watch the kids, assist with the funeral lunch or whatever is needed. Alice had such an impact on my daughter and was such a good example as a mother and a person. She will be greatly missed. Your family can contact Morgan through FB or the ward directory. Our prayers are with your family.

  40. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I almost died after the birth of my daughter, and I wish I had something to say to ease your family’s pain. You will be in my prayers.

  41. I spent this weekend reflecting on all the great times I`ve had with Alice when we were at Tel Hai Piano Masterclass (Israel) in the summer of 1998. She was a fantastic pianist, and I loved how her amazingly bubbly energy came out in her playing as well! It`s really sad that I won`t have an opportunity to see her again to laugh about all the crazy things we`ve done together….she was my partner in crime when we went kayaking down the Jordan River (we skipped one of the piano masterclasses along with a few others :p ) , and on the last day when a group of us were playing truth-or-dare, and my dare was to kiss Alice on the lips. To this day she is the only girl that I have ever kissed, and I intend on keeping it that way.

    Alice, thank you for all the amazing memories. I will cherish them forever <3

    love, Naoko

  42. Hi- This breaks my heart, and I am really sorry for your loss and for Alice’s family that she left behind- I really felt compelled to donate — especially hearing that they didn’t have insurance- I hope you get a lot of donations, and feel all the prayers said for your family

  43. I sent this out for those who want to cut and paste into their twitter accounts “Please donate tweet: Member of blogging community dies through complication giving birth leaving 3 small children. The Alice Hansen Family Fund” ( I shortened link to fit better). You can also retweet if easier from @gailzahtz If people link to the fund from their blogs, we can link those out also (please send me link info so I can get news around). There are no words, but we in the online community can do our bit to help the family left behind. Sending virtual hugs of support.

  44. I am very deeply sorry for your loss. I lost my sister in 1996,two months after she gave birth to her son. It was the hardest and most painful event we had to go through. In 2008 her boy was killed. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  45. This is so heartbreaking. I didn’t know Alice but I know her sister, Hilary. Although I didn’t know her, from the photos I can clearly tell that her husband and kids were so loved by her. Today on Mother’s Day, I think she should be honored for giving her life in giving life to another. I am so sorry for your family’s loss.

  46. Alice and family are in our prayers…Jesus wept and does now. May God’s Grace and the gift of Heaven be of comfort in this very-very tragic situation. Again, continual prayer will be lifted by my family and fellow sisters in Christ.

  47. I was so saddened and shocked to read of Alice’s death. As a labor, delivery, and nursery nurse as well as a maternal-newborn nursing instructor I can honestly say I have never experienced this nor read about it in texts. In an attempt to understand what happened I googled group a strep and childbirth. I was shocked to read of a similar case in the UK which lead to the formation of an organization called Jessica’s Trust which attempts to alert the public of what some people think no longer exists. Also a februAry article addresses the high number of women affected in the UK by Group A Strep. You may be interested in learning more about this group. I don’t know if the US has something similar or not. The point though is I was shocked and with my background in nursing, I should have heard about this. Hope this message doesn’t upset but wanted u to know.

  48. I have a question about donating: I know usually with paypal they take out a small amount from accepted payments…is there an address to send donations if we just want to mail them? But if you prefer people just use paypal, that’s fine.

  49. We are praying that our loving Heavenly Father will surround you with his angels to carry you through this and that his love may engulf you in hopes of easing your pain and burdens. We are so sorry.

  50. Oh my gosh ~ how heartbreaking. Praying for your brother, their children, your whole family and Alice’s…
    How incredibly sad. =(

    I didn’t even know people still die today from complications after childbirth…we take so much for granted.

    I imagine He needed Alice to play beautiful music in Heaven…

  51. Sending you love and strength during this difficult time. So so sorry to hear of your family’s loss. I can feel your courage and strength and admire it so much. Keeping all of you in prayer for the upcoming event. May the lord send angels in chorus in the celebration of her life. God Bless. xo ♥

  52. I re-posted, shared, tweeted and posted to my blog. I wish I could do more……..our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  53. We love you so much. Our family and many others are mourning with you. Her children surely have a legacy of music inside them to carry on as a tribute to her. As well as many other beautiful things.

  54. I am so very sorry for your loss. I can only imagine how devastating this must be.

    I wanted to suggest to you and your brother that you check out The Liz Logelin Foundation

    It was started by Matt Logelin, who lost his wife Liz the day after the birth of their daughter. The foundation offers financial support to widows and widowers so that they can focus on emotional healing. It is an amazing organization.

    Sending prayers to you, your brother, and your entire family.

  55. I was told the father was accepting donated breast milk for the new baby – id love to donate 100oz or whatever I have left! Please email me if you are interested 🙂

  56. I did not know Alice but I knew Kurt. I went to Orem High with him for one year and remember performing with him at the Concerto Night. My heart goes out to him because he is living through one of my greatest fears in life–losing a loving spouse. Our prayers will be with you.

  57. Hi. I’ve never been to this site before. I was directed here by my brother Barney Lund, who apparently knows Alice’s husband from the BYU MBA program. I’m terribly sorry to hear of this tragedy, but am grateful to be able to donate and send prayers. May your brother and those beautiful children feel angels around them to lift them up!

  58. My heart aches for Alice’s family. She was a beautiful mother. I knew her because she brought her oldest to my mom and tot art class. I remember her kindness when my son passed away. I am praying for her family, and for you. I hope you will feel the strength of thousands of prayers on your behalf in the coming days and months. Grief is such a painful road, but you will see moments of beauty along the way.

  59. I don’t know you, but ran across this blog through Joel Tobey. My heart aches for you, your brother and kids, and the rest of your family. I am so, so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what you are all going through. May God be right with you all, with every difficult step you each take forward from here on out. I don’t really know what else to say except that my prayers are with your family right now. God Bless you.


  60. She was born the same year that I graduated from college. This could be my daughter. My husband lost his mother after giving birth to his younger brother, leaving his father with a six yr old, a 3 yr old and a newborn. I found you on Mandy’s Vintage Revivals blog and this hit me like a ton of bricks. My deepest sympathy to you and yours. My next key stroke will be the Donate button!

  61. I am so sorry for your loss. We too know the effect of type a strep. We lost our beautiful 20 month old grand daughter in Jan 2010. Loss changes everything. I pray for comfort for your family. There are truly no words. Just a hole in your heart that will never mend.

  62. I just found your blog and am going to post this on my blog as well in hopes to gain support for your beloved brother and his sweet children. I am so sorry for your loss!! ~Jackie

  63. I am so very sorry to hear about this through Facebook. The reason I started my business was due to the fact that I always felt so hopeless when wanting to comfort those in need. Please feel free to visit my website and see if there is anything I can offer, wholesale, to help with your fundraising efforts. I’d LOVE TO HELP OUT!

  64. Stay strong, young and courageous family. I was touched by your story and as a parent, wife, mother and musician, I send my prayers of sympathy. God Bless You all.

  65. I am so sorry for your loss-your post about your beautiful sister-in-law brought me to tears. Life can change so quickly. My sister died from strep A septicemia 5 years ago when she was 8 months pregnant with her little boy. She left behind little twins who weren’t even 2 years old and a husband and a family who miss her so much. I don’t think there is enough information for pregnant mothers about this horrible infection. The hospital she was rushed to didn’t even realize what she had until she and her precious baby were gone. I will keep your family in my prayers.

  66. My heart weeps with sadness for this young beautiful family.. a family torn apart. May God bless you all and may you find all the courage to go ahead. Sending your brother and his little ones a lot of prayers from the dusty land of Kuwait.


  1. […] Normally, my Friday post is reserved for a Flashback Friday, but this morning I read something that has been on my mind all day.  I read about a mother of three kids, Alice Hansen.  She gave birth to her third child, a little girl, on Wednesday and unfortunately contracted Strep A, which she died from on Wednesday night.  You can read more on her Sister-In-Law’s blog, Honeybear Lane. […]

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