Over the last few days, thousands of people have shared the story of Katie “Bug” Grantham. The 4-year-old from Benton, Louisiana died about a week after a car accident. Her parents bravely shared their emotional and courageous hospital journey on Facebook.
I was one of the many who followed along. When Katie died, I felt compelled to write about her — particularly the words of her mother who vowed to “honor her” in death.
The post was read more than 20,000 times and shared more than 5,000 times — a testament to this family’s message of kindness, hope, and faith.
Now it’s time to walk the walk. In a beautifully written obituary, Katie’s mom provided ways to honor her daughter. Her words:
- If our baby girl touched you in some way, please let us know (PO Box 367, Benton, LA 71006).
- In lieu of flowers, please take a new, unwrapped toy to a Toys for Tots drop-off to bring joy to a child in need.
- Donations can be made to The Hub Ministry or The Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission to help in their ministry.
- Most of all, if you want to honor Katie Bug Grantham, be kind, love others, laugh a lot with those you love, and love God. Talk to Him. HE will answer. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
I don’t know about you, but I think it would be great to see people flood social media with the ways they’re honoring Katie. Maybe with a hashtag? #HonoringKatieBug
There’s a lot of negativity on social media. Let’s spread kindness for Katie.
Start now with the last request. Having a bad day? Not in a great mood? You don’t have time for that. Love instead.