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Love Never Dies - A Tribute to Geordi

On March 8 1995 an angel returned to heaven as Geordi Elizabeth Maybury died after suffering from complications brought about while recovering surgery to correct her congenital heart condition. She was two days away from turning 18 months old. Though gone, she is not forgotten, nor are the lessens she taught about life, death and love.

Born on September 10, 1993 to parents Paul and Liz Maybury, there were fears that an emergency heart transplant or surgery would have been necessary immediately after birth, but a physical examination showed Geordi was within normal limits and she remained stable from a cardiorespiratory view. After a full cardiac evaluation it was found she did not have any evidence of congestive heart failure or worsening right side obstruction of her right ventricle.

"From the beginning, we know, Geordi faced incredible odds. Like her namesake in the Star Trek t.v. series, her body was not "perfect", at least as some of us understand perfect. But her parents, and God, gave her a chance at life, knowing that the blind see better than the rest of us, and sometimes those with weak hearts are capable of great love." - Rev. Paul Matheson.

While the deck was stacked against her physically, Geordi and her parents faced another foe, ignorance of what it means to have a child with congential heart disease. Often faced with unrealistic expectations from relatives, Paul and Liz struggled in vain to get members of his family to understand their daughter's condition. This ignorance created a turn of events where the parents ended up getting blamed for their daughter's death, denied family support to help them cope with their bereavement.

No one should have to go through what they suffered. This web page not only relates their experiences so others who are going through what Paul and Liz have know they aren't alone but also will provide information on congenital heart disease and bereavement so that ignorance doesn't have the chance to harm again.

"The truth is that for all the gifts we might have brought to Geordi, she gave far more to us. Someone said that Geordi had a way of bringing out the best in us." - Rev. Matheson.

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Information and Support

Miracles Do Happen
Not expected to survive to be born, Geordi surprises doctors. Page also contains information on congenital heart defects and heart murmurs and a list of congenital heart disease links.
Geordi's Gallery
Pictures of Geordi Elizabeth Maybury during her short life on earth.
Geordi's Heart Surgery
A personal account of Paul and Liz's experiences while their daughter underwent open heart surgery to correct her congenital heart condition.
In Her Own Words
Geordi's mom Liz reflects upon her pregnancy and all to brief time with Geordi.
Bereaved Parents Need Support
How Paul and Liz have coped with their daughter's death. Links and information on grief and how to support parents who have experienced the death of a child.
In Geordi's Memory
In memory of Geordi's fifth birthday, September 10, 1998, Paul's brother David and sister-in-law Teresa Maybury got together with friends Steve and Nancy Lomax to adopt an animal from the Toronto Zoo in Geordi's name.
Fathers Grieve Too
Information for fathers dealing with the death of a child.
Bereavement Support and Congenital Heart Information/Support Links A list of grief support and congenital heart defect information/support sites on the web which will be updated regularly.
International Grief Support Links A list of grief support sites outside North America - to be updated regularly.
Personal Memorials
There are many other touching memorials on the web, check out this list of links and feel free to send them messages of support. This list will be updated regularly.
In Memory - Creative Expressions of Grief
Poetry focusing on bereavement, submissions from those wishing to remember a loved one welcomed.
GEM's Web Rings
Web rings this page belongs too.
Love Never Dies - A Tribute to Geordi Awards Page
Geordi's parents would like to thank all those who have honored this page by giving it awards. Check out the awards this site has won.

Never gone as long as we remember

Let us make our remembering more than a remembering. Let us make it a hope and a pledge, carried on these words:

In the summer sun and fields of brightness, we will remember. In the autum haze and blazes of color, we will remember. In the winter chill and blankets of whiteness, we will remember. And in the warmth of spring and bursts of new life, we will remember.

With everything that is permanent, and with all that is passing. With everything that is majestic and with all that is common. With everything that carries us in concern and with all that lifts us in joy. We will remember again and again and again.

As long as we have life, we will remember.

And in the remembering we will discover new life, new hope, and new courage, if not today then tomorrow.

Please sign Geordi's guestbook and feel free to leave a message for Paul and Liz. All messages of support are greatly appreciated and will be sent to them.





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