“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
With grieving, heavy hearts, we announce the birth and death of our baby son, Ferdinand Lenigk (Chinese name Lin Shiyuan). He was born and died on July 29, 2007, at 12.05pm. He weighed 6 lbs 9.9 ozs and was 20.5 inches long. He looked very peaceful, and was a perfect, beautiful baby. He was, and still is, much loved and shall live on forever in our hearts.
Ferdinand means “bravery” and “adventurous” and it also means an “ardent voyager”. We believe Ferdinand travels amongst the stars now.
Our dear friends and family, we acknowledge that interaction with us in the near future may prove awkward and difficult. Please know that it is fine to talk about baby Ferdinand; please do not step around his birth or death, or his brief, beautiful existence. He is very much loved by us and we wish to remember him, not forget him. We can only heal if we take time to grieve, so please do allow us our times of sorrow. We so appreciate all your love and support; thank you for holding the space; thank you for your love for us, and our dear baby Ferdinand.
Ralf, Janis, Valerie & Sophia
“Some people dream of angels. We held one in our arms.”