Instagram influencer Ashley Stock shared a heartbreaking image of her family crying during the funeral of her daughter Stevie after her death at the age of three.
Stevie Lynn Stock was diagnosed with a very rare brain tumor in April, which has a 0% survival rate, and died just six weeks after the mass was found.
The family were devastated by their loss, and Stevie’s mother Ashley documented her grief on social media, including her daughter’s funeral.
The social media star, 35, shared a selection of images on her page, including a heartbreaking photo of her sons crying and holding the little girl’s coffin.
Ashley shared the footage on her platform, while posting a touching tribute to her late daughter, including lyrics from It’s Quiet Uptown from the Hamilton musical, which read:
“There are times that words don’t reach. There are sufferings too terrible to name them. You hold your child as tight as you can.
And push back the unimaginable. The times when you are so deep. It’s easier to just swim. They are moving to town. And learn to live with the unimaginable.
Sad: Stevie Lynn Stock was diagnosed with a very rare brain tumor in April, which has a 0% survival rate, and died just six weeks after the mass was found
“If I could spare her life.” If I could trade (his) life for mine. She would be standing here right now.
– And you would smile, and that would be enough. I don’t pretend to know. The challenges we face. I know nothing can replace what we have lost.
And you need time. But I’m not afraid to know who I married. Just let me stay here by your side. That would suffice.
Ashley previously said she initially took Stevie to the hospital after noticing his “rapidly declining motor function”.
Tragic news: Ashley shared the devastating news with fans on social media last month and revealed she was there when Stevie took her last breath
Ashley, shared the devastating news with fans on social media last month and revealed she was there when Stevie took her last breath.
‘Stevie Lynn Stock. 3 years. Seed drill. Worker of miracles. Giver of light. Heart healer. Smiling blue-eyed, padded, curly-haired little girl forever. Loved little sister, daughter and friend, ”Ashley began on her social media.
“At 1:05 pm on May 27, Stevie breathed his last in our arms. There have been many miracles and countless divine moments that I will put into words when my heart is strong. ‘
“Right now I’m overwhelmed with relief that she’s at peace, but I also feel overwhelmed with a pain so intense that I can’t express it in words. I let it go out a little at a time.
Heartbreaking: Stevie was diagnosed just six weeks ago after Ashley took her to the doctor when she noticed her little girl’s motor function was declining. Stevie is pictured here with a boyfriend
Sharing: Ashley continued to be incredibly brave, raw and outspoken with her fans throughout the ordeal
What is diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG)
- “Diffuse intrinsic pontic gliomas (DIPG) are very aggressive and difficult to treat brain tumors that are found at the base of the brain.
- They are glial tumors, which means they originate in the glial tissue of the brain, a tissue made up of cells that help support and protect neurons in the brain.
- These tumors are found in an area of the brainstem (the lowest trunk-like part of the brain) called pons, which controls many of the body’s most vital functions such as breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate.
Ashley went on to explain that she wasn’t letting all of her emotions come out and that if she did, she “didn’t know how she could survive.”
“Gentleness has been my most effective approach to grieving in recent months, gentleness for myself and for all the beloved mourners by my side.”
“We have complete faith in there is a bigger focus in this tragedy (and this is already unfolding through your stories of renewed hope), but unfortunately faith is not a card” get out of the way. pain, “and that’s okay.”
She finished the caption: “I don’t know how to do this, so for now, we will continue one day held by the grace of God, the support of loved ones, and the prayers of strangers who have become friends. ‘
Ashley accompanied the devastating message with a sweet photo of Stevie holding a crystal star.
She also added a video of the toddler playing with her puppy a few days before she died.
The California resident shared Stevie’s diagnosis with fans on April 12, after rushing her to the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital.
“Last night our almost three-year-old daughter Stevie was admitted to the hospital with a rapid decline in motor function,” she shared at the time.
The live message saw Ashley explain that the doctor had found a large lump on her brain but knew nothing else.
Toddler: Stevie celebrated his third birthday a week before he passed away
Turn for the worse: Ashley took Stevie to the hospital on April 12 after noticing she had a “rapid decline in motor function”
‘A level of soul crushing I can’t express’: Ashley said the process has been made even more difficult amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that only one parent was allowed to be with Stevie while she was in the hospital.
Pending answers, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashley said she couldn’t be in hospital with her husband “at an overwhelming level of soul she couldn’t express.”
Two days later, Stevie was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) – a rare form of cancer that has a 0% survival rate. Reports show that the median survival time is only nine months from diagnosis.
‘We are broken. Broken. Empty. Somehow my body continues to produce tears and the ugly crying has become my only release, ”she wrote on April 14.
Family: While resting at home, Stevie was surrounded by the love of all family members and pets. Pictured with older brothers Wesley, 10, and Sawyer, seven
“We will spend the rest of the week in the hospital discussing treatments that will make the rest of his life more comfortable. Then we will go home where she can be comfortable with her brothers and puppies and we can cherish our sweet daughter and heal as a family.
She ended the heartfelt message with, “But for now, we surrender. We surrender to its prognosis and to what we cannot control. We give her the best of everything she needs to be happy and pain free and teach ourselves and our children how to make those last happy memories, ones we can hold and cherish, memories that make us smile. even though we smile with tears.
Candid: Ashley is known for sharing her life’s good and bad times with her fans online
Ashley and Ben are also the parents of their sons, Wesley, 10, and Sawyer, seven.
A recent photo saw the young boys lie down and watch their sisters sleep.
The blogger also thanked her mom earlier in the week for coming to support her during this horrific time.
“Having him here has given me permission to open up in a way that only a mother can take away from you. Her comfort, the way she bakes sandwiches, her familiar scent and gentle scratching on her back has always been a comfort to my aching soul, ”she wrote.
“This video dates from a few days ago, Stevie saving a rare moment of lucidity to welcome his grandmother, she was waiting for him. Today Stevie does not respond but is still breathing. We snuggle close to her and fill her with endless love and affirmations that she is cherished, that she will be at peace, that she will have no more pain, that she will be missed but we will celebrate her every day for the rest of our lives until we are with her again.
Three Generations: Ashley’s mother came to spend time with her daughter and granddaughter during Stevie’s last days. Saw them both cuddling