share your love for the swapp family
Part of cultivating a good life is mourning with those that mourn.
I’m not sure I will ever forget the moment I learned the news. So many of us have felt shock and sadness over what has happened to the Swapp family in these past few days. Heidi and Eric Swapp’s 16-year-old son Cory (that handsome kid behind her left shoulder in this picture) passed away very unexpectedly… and there are almost no words.
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Except, sometimes, I believe that words can mean something. Words of comfort and love and hope and support. Which is why we wanted to put something together for the Swapp family that may, in even the very smallest way, bring comfort over the coming weeks, months, and years. Nothing can take away the sting and the sorrow that they must be feeling, but to know that they are so very loved is indeed a help to Heidi and her family during this very tender time.
In Heidi’s own words: “I don’t know how my heart can be so broken, and yet so full. The last couple of days have been the saddest of my whole life. I don’t know how I can possibly thank you ALL for the TREMENDOUS OUTPOURING of LOVE, and hope and faith and compassion for me and my family. I could not be more grateful. It’s so humbling. I could’t possibly respond to all the messages – but I have read them, and I have been touched, and strengthened. In this darkest difficult time, I do have HOPE in my Savior. I trust. We feel the LOVE for sure. Life is so precious. This boy was loved so deeply by so many. Again, I thank you humbly.”
At Cory’s viewing and funeral this week, we are putting 4×4 cards out for loved ones to write messages to the Swapp family and then we’ll compile these into an 8×8 album (or however many albums we fill). But instead of limiting this “group hug” to just those in attendance, we wanted anyone, anywhere to have the opportunity to contribute to this. The idea is that the Swapps will have something tangible to hold in their hands. Something they can flip through as they read messages upon messages of encouragement and love from family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and even strangers. Basically anyone and everyone who wants to express their condolences.
what you can do
1. Write your message on a 4″ x 4″ card or piece of paper. Share a quote or scripture or message of hope / encouragement / faith / whatever you feel in your heart to share. Be sure to include your name somewhere on the card and even your city and state/country if you’d like.
2. Mail this 4×4 card, as soon as you are able, to:
Becky Higgins LLC
8514 W. Deer Valley Rd.
Peoria, AZ 85382
Simple as that! We will combine all of the cards we receive at our office with those that are from the viewing and funeral this week. We will certainly allow time for your cards to arrive over the next couple weeks, and we know some of you will be sending them from outside the U.S. We will give the 8×8 album(s) to the Swapp family to keep forever, with a prayer that these messages will bring some bit of comfort to each one of them.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for participating and contributing. This community is incredible. I know so many of you admire and adore Heidi. I love her dearly. We had an instant connection when we met so many years ago and we’ve enjoyed collaborating in our creative work with product development, but more importantly — she is a woman with a heart of gold. She’s the real deal. A wonderful wife and mother and friend. And a beautiful example to me. I know in my heart of hearts that Heidi’s faith in Jesus Christ is very much significant in what will carry her through this deepest trial. I share that faith as well and am so grateful for the knowledge that families can be together eternally. Death is not the end.