“Dear Friends and Family,
The children and I are so thankful for the outpouring of love and support in the wake of the sudden passing on of our beloved Emily and baby Joey. Words can’t describe how meaningful your words, gestures, expressions, and encouragement have been to us.
We miss Mom so much but we also have peace and joy as believers, knowing that she is truly in a better place in the presence of her Savior, having trusted Jesus at an early age. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Please visit our church’s website nsbiblechurch.org to learn more about what Emily believed.
Thank you also for respecting our privacy as we adjust to life without Mom. A few days ago we learned from the state Medical Examiners Office that the official cause of death was a pulmonary embolism. Although it is challenging to wrap our heads around how this could have happened, we know all first responders and medical personnel did everything they could to help, and therefore we are certain that it was simply her time; the Lord was calling her home.
We will continue our commitment to homeschool in the same spirit and vision that Emily was so passionate about, and we are looking forward to learning how best to continue sharing what the kids and I are up to on Instagram (Bruna and Allyson are committed to help me).
Joe, Finn, Isla, Edie, and Luna Mitchell”
UPDATE 1/1/21: Thank you so much for all of your support. Her family was surprised by the outpouring of love from her homeschool community on Instagram. Together we went above and beyond to support them, and even though this will not take away their pain, we know this gift means a lot to them. Thank you, always.
Our dear Emily and her precious unborn baby left us unexpectedly in the morning of December 22, 2020. Our hearts are broken and her joyful presence will be greatly missed by so many. Em made a big impact in so many people’s lives, and this loss is incomprehensible for anyone who knew her. Our friend was a dedicated mom and wife, she had a heart for the Lord, and loved her children so dearly.
Emily left behind her loving husband Joe, and four beautiful children, Finn, Isla, Edie and Lulu.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
We are confident Em is now in perfect fellowship with God. The word of God gives us perfect hope, that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. John 3:16 gives us the clear message. No other verse in the Bible so succinctly summarizes God's relationship with humanity and the way of salvation.
“It is the unspeakable happiness of all true believers, for which they are eternally indebted to Christ, that they are saved from the miseries of hell, delivered from going down to the pit; they shall not perish. God has taken away their sin, they shall not die; a pardon is purchased, and so the attainder is reversed” - Matthew Henry
Emily is in Heaven, with her Savior. There’s no greater comfort than that.
We are heartbroken by her passing and as a community we wish to express our love for her family through this fundraiser. These funds will go towards her children’s education next year, as well as the many costs Joe and the kids will face as they adjust to life without Emily.
We appreciate everyone’s concerns about her sudden passing, and want to thank you all for the love you’ve expressed in the form of messages, calls and letters. Your words didn’t go unnoticed and her family is very grateful for your support during this devastating time.
Em was having her morning coffee and toast when she suddenly became unresponsive. Despite the prompt attention of her children, husband, father and other medical personnel, all valiant efforts to resuscitate were unsuccessful. She went home to be with the Lord. The doctors are still working on answers for her family. We will update everyone with answers when we get them.
If Emily had known that she would be drinking her last cup of coffee with you, this is what she would want you to know:
There is one way to Heaven, and that is through Jesus Christ.
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.-John 14:6
Any financial gift that you choose to share with the family will be a blessing to them.
BUT, the greatest blessing that you could possibly give them would be the knowledge that you have trusted in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior through Em’s ministry.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the GIFT of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Please comment below or DM me on Instagram if you have trusted Jesus as your Savior, or have any questionsabout a relationship with Jesus.
You too can see Em again someday!
On behalf of the Mitchell and Giancaspro family.
- Leyma Martinez
- Howard Cohen
- Benjamin Shearer
Organiser and beneficiary
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