August 25, 2010, 09:45 AM
We don't often do this on Leaky, but today, we have to take a moment to inform and comfort each other. Some of you may remember Esther Earl, in whose name many of you voted for the HP Alliance in the Chase Community Challenge (see this video for more). A 16-year-old girl with boundless courage and a thirst for life, love and friendship, Esther (whose name means "star") was a bright light who reminded us all how important it is to connect with one another while we are able.
She had cancer, though she would be the first to tell you this was not the most defining fact of her life. Especially in the past year, Esther became an inspiration to thousands of Harry Potter fans. She encouraged everyone to be their best selves, and to pronounce feelings of love openly and loudly, while you had the chance.
Early this morning, Esther Earl, a true Gryffindor, passed away. She was a dear friend to Leaky and will be missed greatly.
Her family says: "We are convinced she is more truly alive than ever, but still our hearts are breaking."
We know she is on her next great adventure, but also know this is difficult for those who are not. We wanted to let you know, and to offer a place for Harry fans to say something in her memory. We know it's difficult to know what to say or do when this kind of tragedy strikes; we know the goodness in all of you will mean you want to take action, do something to comfort her friends and family. The best thing to do, today, is to send up a thought, a wish, a prayer, for those who are hurting, to the community she so touched, to her friends and family as they work through their grief. Then, live your life as fully and as joyfully as Esther did.
In the future we will have more information about ways in which we are actively honoring her. You can visit her family's web site for more about the upcoming memorial services or just to send a note of support.
So sad : (
farewell Esther, you’ll live inside every HP fans’ heart forever
All the best to her family.
MY THOUGHTS ……AND WAND ARE LIFTED TO YOU, EARL FAMILY!!!!!!!
BE WELL AND KNOW SHE IS WATCHING OVER YOU.
I hope her family can gain some comfort knowing that she is no longer sick or in pain. Deepest Sympathy.
I want to add a word of comfort from the point of view of real witches, most of whom don’t believe in Heaven or Hell but do believe in reincarnation, through which we get a chance to work on any ‘unfinished business’ that we might have left over from this and previous lives. We also believe in the Threefold Law, which says that whatever we put out in our lives, for good or ill, inevitably comes back to us three times over – in the next life if not in this one (very similar to the concept of Karma in Eastern religions).
Based on all the great things that folks who knew Esther are saying, it sounds like she has too big a backlog of good stuff due to her to have been collected in her short lifetime. So consider the possibility that the next new baby you meet might be Esther on her next great adventure, embarking on the life full of happiness that she has apparently earned!
I absolutely had no idea she wasn’t doing well. This is so shocking and caught me so offguard, I can’t help but cry here at my desk. So much love and prayers going out ot her family, friends, and the wonderful community she so inspired.
Oddly enough, my boss just had her baby boy this morning. Isn’t it crazy how that rebirth in the face of a loss always seems to happen?
Looking forward to finding out more about honoring her and getting involved. Til then, lots of love. <3
God bless you, and condolences to your family, Esther. I hope that cnacer will be finished once and for all soon.
Her family and loved ones are in my prayers. How very sad, but what a wonderful life she led, inspiring others. I know she’s in heaven.
I heard of Esther during the Chase Community Giving thing. I voted in her name. I watched her videos on youtube. She was one of the most beautiful and confident and inspiring persons i’ve ever heard of. I never met her, but i wanted to. She was brave, true, honest, strong… She was the reason i kept going. Because of her, i want to make a difference. She’s the Gryffindor we all looked up to, she wasnt exactly one to jump off a cliff in bravery, but the way she lived was how a Gryffindor should live. To live through difficulties, adversity, problems. I’m gonna miss her. <3 Peace to her and her family. I hope she has fun on her next great adventure. ~Alice
my sincere condolences for Esther and family. – love Laura
She was such a great person. Rest in Peace Esther.
A Bahai prayer for Esther and her family:
O my God! O Thou forgiver of sins, bestower of gifts, dispeller of afflictions! Verily, I beseech Thee to forgive the sins of such as have abandoned the physical garment and have ascended to the spiritual world.
O my Lord! Purify them from trespasses, dispel their sorrows, and change their darkness* into light. Cause them to enter the garden of happiness, cleanse them with the most pure water, and grant them to behold Thy splendors on loftiest mount.
*though she had very little
The light of love in the world is dimmer today… my condolences to her loved ones.
rest in peace, Esther. Continue being awesome.
Loving thoughts to her and her family. As a Buddhist, I would agree with WeenyOwl. Esther’s good actions in this life are bound to bring happiness in future lives.
You will be missed sincerely by all who knew you and, even though I didn’t have that particular pleasure, you will remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Rest In Peace, Esther Earl … Rest In Peace …