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In memoriam: Cohen Anthony Weaver

A local friend of mine recently suffered the unbelievably tragic loss Tuesday of her unborn son, whom she named Cohen Anthony. The poor boy was due to be born in only two weeks, but died quickly and unexpectedly as a result of complications arising just before an early labour and childbirth.

I was dumbstruck by the news today. Being a parent of young children myself, I find it painful even to imagine the sorrow and grief the parents must be feeling right now. To go into early labour and then to give birth to your stillborn son must be simply the worst possible feeling you could ever have in life. I am untellably sorrowful for their loss, and for the pain that their young family and four-year-old daughter must be feeling right now.

Kelly has always loved the named Cohen and is also a lifelong Leonard Cohen fan, and when Jorin and I named our third child Cohen, it gave her the idea that she could do the same. Prior to that, she'd never considered it a plausible first name for a baby. I just found out today that she had named this dear boy Cohen, and of course that made my tears flow even more freely.

I am so sorry and saddened for her loss. I wish our Cohen could have met and played with her Cohen.

His notice for tomorrow's paper follows:
It is with profound sadness that Michael and Kelly (Swan) Weaver of Halifax, announce the passing of their infant son, Cohen Anthony Weaver on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at the I.W.K. Grace Hospital, Halifax.
Besides his parents who will always cherish, miss and never forget him, Cohen is survived by his beloved sister, Nina, grand-dad and grandma, Ron and Grace Swan of Lower Rose Bay, his nana, Betty Weaver of Springhill, nannie, Jessie Swan, Lunenburg, uncle, Matthew Swan of Toronto, aunt, Linda (Robert) Jurcina, Amherst and their children, Christopher and Lindsay, uncle, Daniel “Danny” of Kentville, several  great-aunts and uncles and their families.    
He was predeceased by his grandfather, Edward Weaver of Springhill.
A funeral service for Cohen will be held on Saturday, March 13 at 11 am at St. John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg, Rev. Michael Mitchell, officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Lunenburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the I.W.K. Grace, Hospital, Halifax, through the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, Lunenburg.

The family would like to thank all the staff at the I.W.K.-Grace Hospital for their compassionate care given to our family at this difficult time in our lives.

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grammardog March 12th, 2010
Oh, how heartbreaking. I'm so sorry for your friends.

willowing March 12th, 2010
this has been one of my worst fears when i was pregnant with dylan. heartbreaking, devastating. my thoughts are with them.

wraithinwings March 25th, 2010
I think it's beautiful that even this unborn child was loved and named and given a reality and identity in this world. I think that's all any of us can ask for in this life.

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