Parents set up memorial for late daughter. But mom breaks down when she realizes what son’s doing

January 5, 2018 10:21 am Last Updated: January 5, 2018 10:21 am

One of the most painful and horrific things a person can go through in life is losing a child. After raising them up from infants and teaching them the ways of the world, no parent wants to imagine the thought of their children passing before them. But it’s a pain that unfortunately many parents know.

Samir and Stephanie Deais are two people who are familiar with that kind of pain. Last March, the Deais suffered the loss of their infant daughter, Ava Lynn.

Ava had been dealing with hydronephrosis, which is a condition the affects the kidneys. As a result, she began to suffer complications.

Ava was four months old when she tragically passed away.


Picking up the pieces of their shattered lives, the Deais family pushed forward with resolve, determined to be strong for the sake of their son, Alexander, who is four years old. They built a memorial shrine to commemorate Ava in their house, one which Alexander would frequently stare at and visit.  

A number of months later, Stephanie was cleaning around the house when she saw something that made her stop and pull out her phone. Alexander was standing in front of Ava Lynn’s shrine, but it was what he was doing that made her become emotional.

Alexander had loved the recent Disney smash hit, Coco. Viewing the film, he particularly took an interest in the musical aspects of it. One of his favorite parts was the song Remember Me.

With a guitar in hand, Alexander was singing the song to the memorial.


“My wife captured the moment when she was cleaning nearby,” Samir explained to TODAY. “Instantly tears came to my eyes. It’s wonderful to see how much he loves his baby sister. He also gives her goodnight kisses at the altar every night and asks her to give him a kiss in the middle of the night when he’s sleeping as well.”

Adding to the emotional experience for the parents, Stephanie explained that “Alex told me that he was practicing for her birthday.”

Samir decided to share the video of Alexander’s performance on Twitter, where it promptly went viral. Amassing over a million views, many users were touched by it and shared their thoughts and condolences in the responses. The video gained so much traction that even large media outlets began reporting on the story of a little boy who wanted to serenade his sister.

Alexander touched thousands of people.

“There have been so many people who have messaged my wife and I, people who have opened up about their own losses,” Samir went on to say. “It makes us feel that we’re not alone and that the feelings that we feel are okay.”

In the dark place that the Deais family had been in, a shining beacon in Alexander reminded them that there is still so much good left in the world.

And their world is about to get a bit more exciting with a recent big announcement they shared: