Abby Horton, a beloved daughter, sister, and friend, passed away too soon. She was twenty years old. Abby was a student in the aviation program at Southern Illinois University as her passion was flying and the freedom it gave her. Abby was described as a vibrant and magnetic young woman who loved her friends and family. So many adored Abby, and they all deeply felt her loss.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Charity (Brookfield - Brookfield, Wisconsin), Mary (St. Paul's - Janesville, Wisconsin), Emma, Eunice, Hannah, and Ruthie (LCC Staff), and their handlers were at Abby's visitation on Saturday, November 25, in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, to be there for Abby's family and friends, providing a comforting, safe place to share their grief. Abby was a presence in so many people's lives. The love friends and family felt for Abby was evident in how many people came to say goodbye.
Many of Abby's friends and family sought a moment of solace in the love reflected in the Comfort Dogs' eyes and the softness and warmth of their fur. While Abby's loved ones carried this pain of loss and heartbreak, a place of calm and peace was provided for those who spent time petting the dogs and the love, compassion, and care of the handlers who shared that moment with them.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so also through Christ our comfort overflows." (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)
A Heart of Mercy & Compassion was there for Abby's friends and family to share love and messages, providing another way to share their grief. Abby was a blessing to those who knew and loved her. We pray for them to feel and seek the comfort, strength, and peace of Jesus as they move forward without their beloved Abby, helping them in their pain and loss.
"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31:8a)