• Stacy

    This just breaks my heart. As the mother of one child with dyslexia & dysgraphia , another with ADD ( and for a brief period of time the incorrect diagnosis of Bipolar disorder), and aunt to young man who committed suicide, I very much identify with your families pain and grief. I am so very sorry that you lost your wonderful and much loved brother.

  • I can’t even imagine how hard the time without your brother has been, and I am sending you virtual hugs right now.
    Take care.

  • I’m so sorry about your loss Kristina ๐Ÿ™ I can’t even imagine how hard it must be to lose a sibiling! Will be thinking of you today!Sending you hugs and kisses from Croatia!

    Love,

    Neris

  • I’m a long time reader, but I don’t think I’ve ever commented here before. I just wanted to let you know that my heart goes out to you today, as a slightly over-protective older sister I can only imagine the pain of loosing your little brother. Happy Birthday Erik xo

  • Oh Kristina! I just want to reach through cyberspace and give you such a big hug–I should have when I met you this weekend! I cannot fathom what you’ve been through. My brother means everything to me, and I know he will continue to travel with you. You and your family are in my thoughts!

  • What strength it takes to go through such a hard time. My prayers are with you.
    -S

  • I just read the post about the loss of your brother, which was so moving and heartfelt tears are filling up my eyes. You must be such a comfort to your mother, whose pain I can only partially imagine. Stay strong for her!

  • Can’t imagine how hard this “birthday” must be…although I’m sure there are many moments that are difficult. Thinking of you & your family today ๐Ÿ™‚

  • My thoughts are with you today x

  • MG

    My thoughts are with you, your family, and all of those who cared deeply for your brother today. Cyber hug for you all!

  • Hey doll…I hope he’ll make a special appearance for you. I truly cannot fathom what it has been like for you the last year and some.
    Still reading Channeling Erik. Fascinating, and yet I feel so sad because I’m reading about how you all have been working through your lives and emotions since, and I know you. And I hate that there has been so much pain.

    One thing I find very interesting about your path colliding with mine, multiple times, is that this is part of your life story. I don’t think it’s coincidental that I have a husband who struggles mightily with the idea of death, who has lost friends and been visited by them in his dreams, and yet still doubts. He is so troubled and Channeling Erik has allowed me to show him that the fears he has are unfounded, that he has been given many signs to confirm that life continues after death, and it is a wonderful existence. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that the idea that everything happens for a reasonโ€”well, I am a firm believer.

    Sending you and your family hugs and strength, and of course, a happy birthday to Erik, who knows how desperately he is missed.

    xo

  • I’m sorry, he is sorely missed!

  • Wow, I’ve never commented before but after reading this & your mother’s blog I absolutely had to. I’m sorry for your loss and I know it’s hard but it’s so important to think of the amazing times and joyful moments. Experiencing a loss so great has to be one of the hardest things ever. I hope you have an amazing day and get a chance to reminisce on those great moments you will never forget. You’ll be in my prayers for sure ๐Ÿ™‚
    xx

  • Sending you love from Australia. x

  • Sorry about your loss. I just went back and read the story and it brought tears to my eyes.

  • My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • You and your family will be in my prayers today.
    xo L.

  • I’m very sorry for your loss. I hope today, on his birthday, that you can reflect on the many happy memories you have with Erik. Hugs!

  • My prayers are with you today. I can’t imagine life without my baby brother so my heart aches to think of your pain.

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  • Azu

    I’m very sorry about your loss. I read your post on your brother and he seemed like such a wonderful, sweet boy. But now he is your guardian angel, and he’ll be protecting you as you did him.
    Beautiful girl, you & your family will be in my prayers.

    Love,

    Azu

  • mae

    Kristina, my thoughts and prayers are with you & your family today. Happy birthday Erik! I also lost my little brother and share in your pain. Wishing you peace and healing.xx

  • Sniff…Heart hurts for you and your family today.

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  • Alexandra Sigle

    Happy Birthday to dear Erik. I am fast approaching my 23rd birthday and feel such sorrow as my brother was only 22 when he passed away. It is unfathomable to me that I will be older than he ever was. My heart goes out to you today Kristina.
    Much love from a long time reader and fan.

    xx. Alexandra.

  • My heart goes out to you today girl. As a sufferer of a mental illness (and a sister with Bipolar Disorder) I know the struggles that come with a loved who suffers from something so devastating. We recently lost one of our closest friends to clinical depression. He took his life at 31 after 1 15 year struggle and we miss him terribly. Please know that your online family is here to support you during tough times like today. You and your family are in my prayers. Rest in peace Erik.

  • This is one of those moments where I better wish I knew what to say or how to offer support. Just know I’m thinking of you.

  • Sending you the biggest hug to you and your family, Kristina. You guys are in my prayers. I can’t imagine. I know he’s smiling down on you today.
    xx

  • I remember reading your post from last year and it broke my heart then much like it did again today. Sending you virtual hugs and love!

  • Wow. I was just in the car crying about my mom who passed last month amd when I sat down to a pedicure I read this. I want you to know that I am here if you need to talk (e-mail) in box me. I love your blog and I know how it feels to write an obituary for someone you love so much. Xoxo

  • Happy Birthday, Erik!! We all miss him dearly girl ….

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  • I read your posts about your brother and my heart broke a little. While not the same as a sibling I had the exact same experience with my college roomate down to the very sad, tragic end. My heart goes out to you and your family. All we can do is hope they are experiencing a peace now that they could never find before.

  • Erik is so adorable. I am sorry my dear.. My heart goes out to your family. I pray that God gives you all more strength.

  • Laura

    I was happy to see that you chose my imagine in order to wish an happy birthday to someone. Then I read the story and I am even happier. Your brother and you touched me so much with your story and I wish a shiny, joyful, happy birthday to him, wherever he is now.
    Thank you for the story you wanted to share, thank you so much.

    Laura

    • My thoughts are with you! I have significant losses of my own & I know how hard anniversaries can be. A big hug to you!!!

    • Thank you for letting me use the image Laura, it was beautiful and it was exactly what I was looking for to convey the sadness of a candle for a birthday that will never come…Thank you for the sweet birthday wishes, and for your very sweet comment. Love, Kristina

  • Belinda

    I can empathise with you so much, because I too lost my little brother three weeks after his 20th birthday. Its been many years now, and I still think of him every single day. He was my best friend in the world…an absolute doll, and a blessing. Losing him changed mine and my parents’ lives in the most horrific way. I feel for you and I’m thinking of you. I know just how deeply you feel your beloved brother’s loss. Nobody on earth can take the place of a sibling…

    • Belinda – I’m so sorry for your loss–it’s rare that I can say this, but I know how you feel. Just as you know how I feel. Thank you for your sweet comment and, what more can I say…we identify with one another. I agreed with everything you said. xoxo

  • Kristina, I’m sending all the love, postive energy, hugs and strength your way. My thoughts are with you and your family.Glenda

  • Kristina,Just learned about your brother and it has touched me deeply. My heart is with you. I lost my little brother years ago, and I can promise you that depth of the pain will ease, yet the love will remain forever. Although the circumstances were different, a few days after he died he came to me in a dream. He told me he was ok and I saw him in a large chair as if he was in God’s arms. I had felt incredibly guilty about his death, yet I woke up crying with a great sense of peace.I have an angel that I know watches me from heaven and that I will see again. Erik is smiling down at you and your family.

    I also started my art and fashion blog as solace in a way, to focus on the small everyday things that makes us smile. May your heart be filled with many happy moments.

    xoxo,
    Tariana

  • That must be so hard for your parents and you but one day, if you believe in it, you will see him back.Wish you and your family a lot of strength x

  • I’m sorry I’m a little late. My thoughts are with you. It’s very hard to lose a loved one. xo