Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Henry Keating Scheck

July 22, 2004 - February 25, 2009

Henry died this morning at 10:30a. Without fanfare or pain, his face went ashen as Tara and I sat on either side of him holding him and he gasped his last. We are surrounded by family and their love, perhaps the only thing that makes this bearable.

Please allow us the time to grieve privately for a few days. Calls right now would be overwhelming. Details on services will follow. Thank you all.

How can I see tomorrow without you?
My eyes are blurred for tears.
I know my travels must continue,
The hours will seem like years.

How can I feel tomorrow without you?
My heart aches, my head pounds.
Time will pass, they say it heals,
I'm not sure I like the way that sounds.

How can I love tomorrow without you?
Each step I miss you so
I hold your memory close to me,
I cannot let you go.

The secret lies in the love you gave
The wondeful times we had
Your fire will burn to pass these on
In me, my love - your Dad.


Anonymous said...

Rest in peace, sweet Henry. You will always be SO LOVED.

The world is a better place because you were in it.

WE LOVE YOU ALL...and we will be praying for you during this extremely difficult time.

xo Gwen & family

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your family.

rlbates said...

Extremely sorry for your loss.

Michelle said...

Goodbye, Henry. Although we never met, one thing is certain. When I get to heaven, after I hug Jesus, I'll be looking for you!! You have blessed countless hundreds of people in your short time here. Bryan, Tara, Anna, and Sophie.... I am so sorry. Please know that we are praying for you in this sad time.
Much love...
Michelle (and family) in VT

Anonymous said...

Words cannot express my sorrow in your loss of sweet, little Henry.

Peace to all of you.

Your friend in Frederick

shadowfax said...

I grieve for your loss.

With love.

Anonymous said...

We are at a loss as to what to say. Our hearts are broken, but we know that Henry felt so loved and cherished throughout this journey. You are an amazing family and that strength and love that you have for one another will comfort you during this difficult time. The world has lost a sweet little boy who will be missed by all. We're so deeply sorry for your loss. Tara, Bryan, Sophie, and Anna - you all will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.

Love, Julie, Brad, Patrick, Andrew and Samantha

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry for your loss. May you all be healed.

Meredith said...

God saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be
So he wrapped his arms around you
And whispered "come with me"
With tearful eyes we watched you
And saw you pass away
Although we loved you dearly
We could not make you stay
A heart of gold stopped beating
Two playing hands came to rest
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.
A million times we'll need you
A million times we've already cried
If love alone could have saved you
You never would have died.
A heart of gold stopped beating
Two twinkling eyes closed to rest
God broke our heart to prove to us
He only takes the best.

May God comfort you and your family, knowing your beautiful son is in heaven now.

Libby said...

Perhaps they are not stars
But the souls of our loved ones
Shining down on us
To let us know they are all right

My heart breaks for you and sweet Henry. May he be with you forever in your hearts and memories.


Anonymous said...

God bless your family, and God bless Henry Keating Scheck.

Fred, Lori and Jack Roberts

Jim & Bonnie Amos said...

Bryan, Tara, Anna, and Sophie;
Your pain is immeasurable. Our words are inadequate. Your grief is private. Our prayers are for peace. Thank you for sharing Henry with us over these many months of his heroic and incredible battle. You are all so special; may you know you have many who love you as you grieve with your unspeakable loss.
Jim and Bonnie

Anonymous said...

My condolences to you and your family, Bryan. I can vividly remember standing next to my grandfather about 18 months ago when he took his last breath. I can't imagine going through that with my daughter. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Rob said...

I have been following and praying regularly for you. I have been moved by all of your strength and now am more so by your loss.

I will continue to think of you.

Anonymous said...

Bryan, Tara, Anna and Sophie,
Words can not express how much Henry meant to all of us. He is a dear, sweet, angel and the world is a better place because he was in it.
Our prayers and thoughts are with your beautiful. I hope you find the strength the need...

The Smith Family

Justin said...

We're with you in thought and prayer...

Anonymous said...

I am soooo deeply sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to all of Henry's family. Words can't express the sadness I feel for all of you. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers today and as you have been throughout the many past months. Thanks for the postings and allowing me to be a part of this journey. Henry will always be remembered.

A friend of Grandma Linda

Loc said...

Sorry for your loss. Henry was blessed with a loving home.

Anonymous said...

While we cannot imagine the emotions you must be feeling, please remember that our thougths & prayers are with you. Henry was so lucky to have such an amazing family. Steve & I have learned so much from all of you. God has made a special place in heaven for Henry. May God wrap each of you in his love & protection.
Love Michele, Steve, Madeline & Carlin

rem2010 said...

I too have been following your story since the beginning and am greatly saddened by Henry's passing. Even though it was evident that the end was near, it does not make it easier to read those words.

Like many of who have never even met Henry, I feel like I have come to know him through your blog. The world was indeed blessed to have such a sweet boy; though too short a time it was.

Little comfort though it may be, know that Henry always had the utmost love and support from his family and from all those who kept him in our daily thoughts and prayers.

May you be blessed with the continued strength to get through this most difficult time.

Albany, NY

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing Henry's Journey with us. Our hearts have broken over and over for you. Your words are beautiful, ours are inadequate.

Wishing you peace....

The Hebbs said...

Bryan, Tara, Anna and Sophie,

We are so deeply sorry for your loss and your pain that we cannot begin to fathom. We are so happy for Henry to be free of pain and to have been able to have passed in the comfort of his parents arms.

Rachel just told me to write this, "Tell Henry I love him and I'm happy he's better now."

Our prayers continue to be with your family,
Kevin, Sareen, Adam and Rachel

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You will continue to be in my thoughts & prayers. Your blog was a great gift to those who walk similar roads. Thank you for sharing your lives with those whom you've never met but have touched so deeply. May God hold you close at this time.

Anonymous said...

You provided Henry with all the love and comfort he could need, and through these blogs, you provided him a handsome tribute. Many people he didn't even know thought of him and prayed for him daily. Thank you for sharing his journey. I wish you peace.

ArkieRN said...

I ache for you. Praying that God will give you peace.

Godspeed Henry.

Anonymous said...

I echo the thoughts and prayers above. We are so very sorry. May you find peace and comfort in the knowledge that Henry is so loved.

Janet & Friends in Pittsburgh said...

Memory Eternal, dear Henry.

Bryan, Tara, Sophie and Ana, may you always have his love in your hearts. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Janet P.

Anonymous said...

Bryan, Tara, Anna and Sophie:

There are simply no words to convey the sorrow that I feel for each of you. Henry's loss will leave an empty space in your hearts forever, but I'm hoping you will be able to draw comfort from all of the wonderful memories you created together. Perhaps some day you will be able to look back and remember the smiles before the tears, the laughter before the cries, and the overwhelming love before the loss. Our world is less bright with him gone, but the heavens are sparkling with the sweetest of angels who entered there today. May Henry be at rest and may you take comfort knowing he is at peace.


Steph said...

I'm so, so sorry for your loss!

I will think of Henry often, and never forget him!

Anonymous said...

There are no words. We grieve deeply for your loss. We feel blessed to have known Henry the short time we did. He brought joy to all who knew him and was incredibly courageous. Thank you for sharing his love, spirit and journey with us. We are all better for having known him. We pray you find the strength and comfort you need.
We love you,
Tom, Stephanie, Abigail and Kaitlyn

Anonymous said...

I am so sad! Thanks for sharing Henry's journey with us. May God give you the strength you need.
Hugs and Love,
Susan P. Vallotton

Anonymous said...

There are no words to express my sadness at hearing this news. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.


Rob K. said...

Bryan, Tara, Anna, and Sophie --
God bless Henry, the entire Scheck family, and all those touched by Henry and his challenge. I hope there is some measure of comfort for you in how he enriched your lives, touched so many, and went peacefully. Angels belong in heaven -- he just got there too soon. May God keep his memory eternal.
With tears and sorrow,
-- Rob Kovacevic & family

Hopeful said...

So sorry for your devastating loss.

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with your family. May Henry rest in peace.
Sending Love from Michigan.

Cheryl, the jungian Knitter said...

I have been following and holding you in my thoughts. I am moved by your strength and saddened by your loss. I will continue to hold you and your family in my thoughts, grateful to have been allowed to be witness to the love of your family.

Katie said...

I am so so sorry.

Anonymous said...

Brian, Tara, Anna and Sophie,
We are deeply sorry for the loss of your "Little Angel Henry". This sweet loving child has taught us soooo much in his short life. The Love your family shared is ever- lasting. Once again "Thank You" for sharing this journey with us. We are the ones that are so blessed because of his courage. He has new wings to spread his love and spirit. Much love and continued prayers for the strength in the coming days ahead.
The Tasca Family, KS

Anonymous said...

I am so, so sorry for your loss. May god watch over you all and put his loving arms so tightly around you and get you through such a difficult time. Little Henry is watching down on you smiling, I'm sure thinking what a loving, caring, devoted family I have. Your will always be in my thoughts and prayers forever.

M.I.A. said...

My heart is breaking for you. I know that Henry is at peace finally. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

Denise Howell said...

Forever and ever we will always remember the sweet child who graced our presence for such a short time. May your memories carry you through this incredibly difficult time. Rest in peace, dear Henry.
Miss Denise

Anonymous said...

Your sharing of these moments has given so much to this world, to those of us who have read your words and felt the pain and beauty. I don't know how you have lived through this with such grace, but I thank you for what you have taught us.

Many grieve with you, because you let Henry's light and your love shine into so many lives. May peace be with you and your family.

-a stranger and friend

GinaMarie said...


Praying for peace, guidance and comfort during this time.

Gina Marie

Anonymous said...

Tara, Bryan & Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine how hard it must for you at this time. I will keep you in my prayers. Please believe that Henry is in a better place and is suffering no longer. I only hope that your suffering will be tolerable with the help and love of all those around you.

God be with you at this impossible time.

Dirk, Shannon and Logan

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this blog with all of us. You have shown us how to enjoy each day and never to take anything for granted. We have grown to love your family so much and are deeply sorry for your loss. Take care of the family and know that you all are very loved.

Ali said...

Just another random stranger on the internet who came across your family's story. Thank you for sharing your wonderful little boy with us all. My heart goes out to you and your family.

ms.t said...

What a journey. It seems like it was just yesterday that I heard of Henry's tumor. As my heart aches for all of your suffering, I am comforted knowing that he was wrapped in your loving arms as he passed into Heaven. Unimaginable.

Sending my love your way, God Bless, Bryan, Tara, Anna, Sophie, both Grandma's and Grandpa's.

Anonymous said...

My heart aches for your loss of such an amazing little boy. I continue to pray for your family.
Your words and photos on Henry's blog have been so wonderful.
Peace to you Brian, Tara, Sophie, and Anna.

Anonymous said...

May Henry bless the angels in heaven with his presence as he blessed us all here on earth.

K. Barron

Ami Czorapinski said...

As I sit here with tears streaming down my face I am comforted by the fact that Henry is cured. I thank God that he allowed our family the chance to meet Henry. I pray for your family to find strength and healing.

Anonymous said...

Bryan and family, Please accept heartfelt condolences from myself and my family. I cannot overstate how profoundly your words have affected me in the short time I have been reading your blog about Henry. I admire your courage and strength. Our thoughts are with you as you grieve. Chris and Megan Baer

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace little Henry.

Anonymous said...

Bryan, Tara, Anna, and Sophie,

We are saddened to hear of your loss. We know and understand that there are no words that can be said that will ease your hurting hearts. Although we never met Henry, we felt a bond with him due to the same diagnosis and close birthdays of our children. We are honored to have "known" your family and to have shared our stories with each other over the last year. You are such a wonderful family and Henry was very lucky to be surrounded by so much love. If you ever feel the need to reach out to someone who is going through the same thing, we are always here for you. We are sending you love and wishing there was a way to ease your pain.

Wayne, Shirley, Fiona, and Angel Sophia

Tanner and Andrea said...

Tara... you probably don't remember me but I am Debbie Crouse's (previously worked @ tri-state) daughter and I happen to come across your blog. I have not stopped thinking about your beautiful little Henry all day long. I am deeply sorry for your loss. - I couldn't imagine going through what you are experiencing. I am praying for you.

Anonymous said...

We are so very sorry. Thank you for sharing the gift of Henry with so many. You all have been, and will continue to be, in our prayers.

Daisha said...

Tara, Brian, Anna and Sophie,

My heart aches for you and I am so sorry for your loss. I'm always thinking of you


Daisha said...

Tara, Brian, Anna and Sophie,

I am so sorry for your loss and my heart aches for you. May god bless you all


Anonymous said...

As a person that has been following the journey of your family, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. This site is a great reminder of the love and memories that you hold for your son. I know that you will always cherish the time you had and continue to hold dearly in your heart all that God gave you with your short time with Henry. I want you to know that your family has touched the lives of more people than you will ever know and we are all praying for you in your time of need. You will be in our hearts forever and especially now in the time of grief. I cannot imagine the overwhelming feelings you are coping with at this time but thank you for sharing your story with all and many are changed as parents and people just by you and Henrys lives touching our lives. Thank you and whenever you need to have someone to talk to or feel the need to have shoulders to cry on or people to share memories of Henry please know that we are here and will never tire of hearing of how much a parent/parents love their child/children. You are infinitely embedded in our hearts and prayers. thinking of you always.

Anonymous said...

I feel so blessed to have known Henry and your entire family through your beautiful writings. You have been in my prayers and thoughts throughout your entire journey and will continue to be so at this difficult time. I know that Henry's new angel wings fit him just fine and that his little body is finally at peace. May you find comfort in knowing that ALL of his pain is finally gone. I never had the priviledge of meeting Henry here on Earth but this little angel will be one of the first that I look for when I get to Heaven. His journey has taught me so much about life and family and I hope you can take peace in knowing how much he meant to everyone.
Love & prayers,
Terra,Warren,Anthony & Logan Strait

Anonymous said...

Bryan, Tara, Anna, & Sophie,

May God Bless Henry, and welcome him home with open arms.
Henry and all of you have touched so many with his story. He will be remembered dearly by so many. Thank you for sharing his story.

May Henry Rest in Peace, and may God give you all the strength, in time, to move forward.

Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

God Bless,
Sue Boyles

Anonymous said...

My heart just breaks... I know your loss is more than I can imagine but Henry could not have been loved more...that is why he was at peace. We will ALL miss that little guy. Thank you for letting us grieve with you through Henry's Challenge. He was a true fighter!

Love always,
Susan, Kendall and Cody Herren

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for you peace and comfort... and rich memories.

Reactor said...

Bryan, Tara, Anna, Sophie,

We are so very sorry for your loss; our hearts are broken. You are an amazing family, and through you Henry's light will shine on forever.

You have all been so brave throughout this journey, and yet so gracious to share it with all of us.

I too believe that Henry is with God in Heaven, where there is no suffering or sadness.

Even though I only ever met him once, I will never, ever forget Henry or the lessons that he and his amazing family have taught us all.

Godspeed Henry, and God Bless the Schecks and your extended family.

With All Our Love,

The Gettel Family
Bruce, Wendy, Mackenzie and Brady

Anonymous said...

I am so, so, sorry. I just learned of this minutes ago.

The many thoughts here are just a mere snippet of all the love and caring that is embracing you and your family now.


Anonymous said...

May you find peace and comfort in this difficult time. Thank you for sharing your stories with the world and reminding us that life is so deeply precious.

The Levin Family, MD

Anonymous said...

Passage Matthew 25:23:
His master said to him, 'Well done Henry, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.'

Anonymous said...

Dear Bryan & Tara,
Thank you so much for sharing Henry's journey with all of us. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting him, I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to know such a special kid. My thoughts and prayers are with you & your family.

Much love,

A Doc 2 Be said...

Godspeed, young man, Godspeed.

Bryan, Tara and your girls:

Your courage and willingness to help Henry live the fullest possible life right up to the end shows the world what love is supposed to look like.

My greatest sympathy to your family.

femail doc said...

God's speed to your darling boy, and much love to all of you in this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Krystal Harris and Family

CarrieWannaBePA said...

Dear Scheck Family,
I am another stranger who has been following your story for quite some time. I am so sorry for the loss of your darling son. Thank you for sharing your very private grief here. I hope it helps someone else who has to walk this road.
I wish you all peace, comfort and love. I hope that you continue to draw strength from one another.

With Love

Christine-Megan said...

My heart breaks for your family. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

How heartbroken we are at your loss. Echoing the sentiments of all, we wish we could make this better for you. Although we try, we know we cannot even begin to imagine your grief but we hope that knowing there are so many people here for you will help to ease it a little.

With love, peace and comfort,
Kara and Mike Skelly
Albany, Ny

xtine said...

I'm so sorry

Seeker said...

What can you say at a time like this? Sorry seems such an empty word.

Even though I am far away from you (in the UK) my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Anonymous said...

Henry is a special angel- I feel so blessed to have been touched by him through this site. He has impacted so many lives through his presence, his strength and courage and through your beautiful words. He is not gone, but living through you all now, and watching over your family. I wish you great strength, comfort and peace as you heal together. Please continue to share Henry's special message through your voice- it is powerful, wonderous thing.

With deepest sympathy,
Emily (a close friend of the Harris family)

Anonymous said...

Bryan and Family--

I am terribly sorry to hear about your loss. Words can not express the sorrow I feel. If you need anything, please let me know.

Steve Bavaro

DonnaA said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Sweet Henry will always be remembered. Sending love and support to your family.

Anonymous said...

Tara, Bryan, Sophie, and Anna,

Our hearts break with you, our words are inadequate. We are so honored to have known Henry---he has taught us and so many endless lessons of strength, courage, humor, and love. We have never known a family as amazing as yours and take comfort that Henry was surrounded by you all in the home he loved. We will be here indefinitely to help carry the pain, and to share the many beautiful memories, while knowing we will never be able to do enough.

We love you guys
Tamara, Sean, Courtney, and Jessica

Anonymous said...

Much love and condolences to the Scheck Family. You are in my thoughts.

Rach said...

There's nothing I can say that hasn't already been said. And nothing I say nor write will adequately express anything you're feeling nor experiencing now, or will go through in the future.

Nonetheless, I'm so so sorry for all of your losses - may his memory always be a blessing.

Beth said...

We are thinking of all of you. Our love and prayers to you.

Beth and Bill Rupp

Anonymous said...

I am so, so sorry and will you keep Henry and you in my prayers.

Tegan said...

We are so saddened to hear this news. Thank goodness for a family's support during such difficult times. We are so very sorry for your loss.

Tegan & Scott Ambrose

Anonymous said...

Words will never express how sorry I am for the loss of your beautiful son, Henry. I have read your blog and cried with you and prayed for a miracle. May Henry rest in peace.

The Coccia's said...

Our hearts are with you wrapping you up in huge hugs. Henry is such a beautiful little boy. His Spirit will always live in all of our hearts. Thank you for sharing his journey with us all so openly. You are always in our thoughts and prayers! We love you!
Dean, Robyn, Sammy and Chloe

Anonymous said...

My heart aches for all of you. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Lorraine said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your son. I hope his happy moments can make you smile in the future.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear of Henry's passing. May God's love help to heal your broken hearts.

Julie Sharp

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to your family. I pray that your family is at peace knowing Henry is with God. I pray that you feel joy as you remember the amazing gift of Henry in your lives. I am humbled at your strength and grace in dealing with your life over the past 18 months. May God bless you all.

Cathy said...

You don't know me but I have read your blog for many months. Henry was a very special boy with an equally special family.

Last night, my husband and I spent hours reading all the early posts on this blog, learning about Henry, and about you. Thank you for sharing him with us.

You have our heartfelt sympathy. Allow those close to you to hold on to you, and help you, in the coming days.

Anonymous said...

Bryan, Tara, Sophie, Anna,

We're very sorry to read about the loss of your dear son and brother.
Our thoughts are with you.

May Henry rest in peace and may his short but wonderful life remain in our thoughts and inspire us.
You're a unique family.

With Love to all of you,

Jan, Vera, Hannah, Zarah and Laura De Kezel - Belgium

Anonymous said...

Dear Scheck Family: I have been following your blogs each day and you have been in my thoughts. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I'm glad that I was able to meet Henry (when he had come into the office with you.) He was a special boy. Jenny Collins

Anonymous said...

There is a spcial place in my heart for little Henry. He will be deeply missed by many. The world is definetly a better place because he was in it. Thank you Henry.


Anonymous said...

As a member of a family that recently lost a child I know how hard the days ahead will be. I have followed your story for awhile now, and am so sorry to hear of the outcome. I hope that over time you will see "signs" like my family does that your child is still very much a part of your life just not in the physical sense anymore. I hope you find the peace and knowledge that heaven is not so far away, and that Henry will be taken care of until you will all be reunited again. With a loss like this I know there is so little I can say to take even a small amunt of pain away. If I could I would. May your family and friends wrap their arms around you and steady you in your time of need. Peace be with you all and especially to Henry.

Anonymous said...

I am so sad about Henry. It is ok to cry. It is ok to be sad. I know you miss him. We will always love him. I miss him too. We all do.

Courtney Oser

Anonymous said...

I know you guys are all crying about Henry a lot because he died yesterday. And, I know you guys are really sad. I am really sad too. I loved him a lot and I know you guys did too. I'm sorry for his grandmas and grandpas and sisters too. I loved Henry a lot, like I said, and I know you guys were crying a long time. I love you.

Jessica Oser

Anonymous said...

Dear Schecks,

although I never had the privilege to personally meet Henry, I have followed his progress over the past year and a half. How truly blessed you are. Thank you for allowing me to get to know him. ALL of my love and ALL of my prayers are with your family and especially with Henry.

Be strong.

With love,
Maria Duva

Anonymous said...

Our prayers are with you God gave you a special little boy if only for awhile.I pray that God gives you the strenght to face new day. Bless you all.
The Shaw Family

Kathy said...

Dear Family Scheck,

I've never met you or your boy, but my heart hurts with the loss of your precious son and the sadness your family must endure.

I wish I could healp in a more concrete way, but I'm at a loss.

So I pray while I hold each one of you close to my heart.

I'm sorry.

Anonymous said...

I have been following Henry's story since my sister forwarded an e-mail requesting prayers for him. My heart felt prayers go to all of you. As a mom, I cannot even begin to imagine your pain. May all of the memories you have of Henry help to comfort you in the days ahead. May the love of your family and friends also help to sustain you.

Godspeed little Henry.

Denise Sheriff
Latham, NY

a corgi said...

I'm so sorry for your loss of Henry; hugs to you all


Anonymous said...

I did not know Henry, but in reading the accounts in this blog (of which wonderfully eloquent words made me cry), he was a wonderful child who touched many and is surrounded by a very loving family.

I grieve for your loss, but celebrate the joy he brought to many.

Hagerstown, MD

Anonymous said...

Henry I am share the same birthday. For the rest of my life on my special day, I will gain from knowing I share it with Henry. I cannot imagine the journey you have had. Henry and his family are inspirational to all of us. Loves endures. May God take your family and hold you in his care. God Bless you all. And Gld Bless Henry.

Anonymous said...

Bryan...I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers. Sounds like you had a brave little man. May God watch over you all through this difficult time.

Heather (Rosales) DeVore, BCHS 90

Anonymous said...

Dearest Bryan, Tara, Anna and Sophie, My heart goes out to you. My most sincere condolences.

Sweet Henry, may you rest in peace.

Deborah Mohr