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Grieving Husband Sings to His Dying Newborn / Nick Ehrhardt

Grieving Husband Sings to His Dying Newborn

This month, Chris Picco has suffered a lifetime's worth of heartbreak. His wife, Ashley, died last week of complications of an emergency cesarean section, performed during her 24th week of pregnancy. Their son, Lennon James Picco, survived the operation. In an update on Ashley's memorial page, Picco wrote, "Ashley would often feel Lennon moving to music so I brought my guitar today and gave him a little concert. Continue to pray for a miracle for my precious, perfect little guy!"

Lennon did not survive, however. On Nov. 12, Picco shared the news of his son's death:

Dear friends, family and supporters; it is with an unbelievably heavy heart that I write this. My little fighter, Lennon James Picco, went to sleep in his daddy's arms late last night. He was surrounded by family, friends and the best doctors, nurses and hospital staff in the world. He was dressed in an outfit that Ashley bought for him, with little guitars on it, and wrapped in a blanket made by a dear friend. I am so thankful for the four unforgettable days I got to spend with him. His mommy would have been so beyond joy to see him and to hold him, touch him, bathe him, sing to him – as I have had the privilege of doing. I have been so blessed and honored to love him before he was formed, to cherish him while mommy carried him, meet him face to precious face, and hold his perfect little body while we said "goodbye for now." There are no words, but I wanted to keep you updated, as your love and support has meant more than anything in the world. All you need is love.

A fund has been set up in Ashley's memory to help cover medical and funeral expenses for both Ashley and Lennon. Share their story and help keep their memories alive.