On the 15th of May 2016 Janette was delivered the devastating news that her husband and father of her children had passed away in a freak accident. Four days later she had to deliver their son.

Janette shared her loss Facebook –
Dear Friends,

On Sunday morning, Austin went out for an early morning hike and a fly and he never came home. Evelyn and I have tragically lost our beautiful, loving, dedicated and extremely adoring father and husband. Of course, we are still in shock.

Everyone loved Austin. He had so much energy, spirit and so much love. I really appreciate the outpouring of love and offers of support from all corners of life. Thank you. Please, I know it’s hard for you to know what to say or how to react.
It is just as hard for me to know how to respond, especially while trying to cope with my own grief. I am feeling overwhelmed and trying to stay in one piece for our daughter. This is really hard.

As many may know, I am also pregnant to full-term. Austin was going for one flight and coming straight home in case our son was born over the weekend. I have some beautiful support to get me through this without him, but it isn’t going to be easy, especially in the coming months.

We are in the process of planning a memorial service. Please see the link on Facebook for updates and contact those who may not use this to communicate. Dates may change if our baby chooses to be born then.

Today is the beginning of Day 3. That is how we take it, one day at a time. If I can ask anything of our friends, it is to please not give up on us. Please don’t disappear from our lives, too. Right now, this is overwhelming. In two months, six months or a year from now, I think the emptiness and harsh reality of losing my best friend, protector and rock scares me. That is when I’ll really need your help.

Evelyn knows that her daddy is flying. She knows he is blowing and stopping the wind. And while he flies, he is painting the clouds up in the sky. Sometimes they’re smooth and sometimes he blows bubbles. We blow kisses up at the sky and say hello.

That’s all I can say for now.
Thank you.
Janette, Evelyn and Baby Desi

Just days later her birth photographer Naturally Creative Photography shared these stunning, but heartbreaking, images.

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  • Let’s hope Janette’s family and friends take notice of this beautiful powerful message. Yes, she will definitely need their support for a few months, probably a year or more. Many take up to 12 months before they recover from the initial grieving process. This Mum has the addtional pressure of caring for a newborn which adds to loss of sleep besides that as a result of grieving.
    Everybody, please remember that this is a very difficult time for Evelyn too. She has lost her Dad and Mum has to dedicate more time to her new baby brother. Janette is going to find it difficult to give Evelyn as much time as she definitely would need just with the addition of the baby without the grieving process for her too. Sooner or later Evelyn is going to ask more questions about the loss of her Dad.


  • Sending blessings to this family !! How difficult this must be to have this joyful event clouded with such grieve.


  • naw, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss xxx thanks for sharing


  • what a shattering story xx


  • I read this story somewhere the other day. My heart breaks for this mum


  • That would be astoundingly difficult. I hope she’s surrounded by friends.


  • Im in tears reading this. I cant imagine her pain. How awful.


  • How very sad. I hope she gets the support she needs.


  • This story made me cry


  • I can’t even imagine giving birth without my husband there. My heart goes out to this whole family. It would be my worst nightmare.


  • Truely heartbreaking story. I hope the fundraising helps her and her children.


  • What a strong woman. This is so sad, poor children and wife having to grow up and live without their daddy/husband. My heart aches for them


  • We should never take a single moment for granted.


  • So terrible. Poor man. He never got to see his son. And poor Janette… being obliged to live a life without him by her side. :-(


  • Oh no, how sad. A moment that should be treasured by both parents and one is cruelly snatched away days before. Maybe this baby will help the healing process


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