Your smile will remain alive in my heart forever.
This online memorial was created in loving memory of Israel Rivera, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign Israel's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember Israel forever.
Israel Antonio Rivera was born on April 10, 2008 and passed on August 13, 2009. He spent his life full of smiles and always close to his mommy. You see no matter what he was going through, he always seemed to find the brighter side. Israel had an unknown immune deficiency that was always making him sick. We were in and out of the hospital with him. In the last three months of his life things seemed to get worse and worse. The ultimate plan was a bone marrow transplant but first he would need to go through chemotherapy because cancer was found in the last weeks of his life. Although Israel was not a complainer and was just so content being in mommys arms I knew this was all too much for him. It was starting to weigh him down. I could start seeing him suffer. This is when I made my gut-wrenching prayer. God, if you choose to take my son even after the chemo, take him now. And if he does good with the chemo and goes through with a transplant and yet you still choose to take him, take him now. The next morning, my son got an infection in his blood. God came for him three days later.
Today, everyday I feel the pain of him gone. Yet I prefer it. I prefer it be me and not him. He is in a place where he runs through perfect meadows and golden streets. Holding onto Jesus hand as they go for long walks. You see in heaven there is no suffering, or pain. All there is is love. So I cry waiting for the day I get to see him again but KNOW without a doubt he is fine and happy. There is no other better consolation then to know that my son lives! That he gets to be with Jesus! I yearn for my day to come soon.