His life was the sweetest hour and 22 minutes of mine.
  • Born on March 28, 2010 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States.
  • Passed away on March 28, 2010 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States.

This memorial website was created to commemorate the first birthday of our loved one Paul David Gillen, who was born on March 28, 2010 and died later the same day.

Please scroll all the way down to light a candle for little Paul, and write a message so we'll know you came by.  (Then click on "leave a tribute.")

I also hope you will do Paul the honor of watching the video of his life by clicking "Gallery" above and then choosing "Video."

Thank you so much.  Your taking the time to visit means a lot.

Love,

Shana 

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 About the Pictures: A Note from Paul's Grandma

I realize that some people may find a few of the pictures on this site unsettling. Here's a perspective that may help you with viewing them.
 
There are few people today who haven't viewed ultrasound pictures of fetuses at various stages of development. We are not disturbed by these pictures of tiny developing babies. Expectant moms share them on Facebook or in online photo albums. Family and friends view them eagerly and happily. I, Paul's grandmother, cherished his ultrasound pictures, just as I did those of his cousins before they were born.
 
Some of the photos on this website are in fact ultrasounds, and others were taken the day Paul was born. What makes the pictures of Paul after he was born any different from ultrasound photos of him or any other baby at his gestational age? One factor may be that ultrasounds are not in color. If they were, you would see that the skin of all little babies of Paul's age looks dark red, as Paul's does in the color photos. This is because the skin is still translucent at that stage and the body has no fat in between the skin and blood.
 
The fact that Paul was too small, born too early to survive, is incredibly sad, so his pictures rightfully make you sad. But you needn't turn away from them. Look at them as if they were ultrasounds of a perfect little boy at 18 1/2 weeks gestation. Pretty amazing, aren't they?

 

Posted by Dawn Jernigan on 27th March 2018
Thinking of you today Paul David. Love and Prayers, Shana. Dawn
Posted by Dawn Timmons on 27th March 2018
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. Thinking of you and Paul today. Hugs, Dawn
Posted by Deb Allen on 27th March 2018
Shana, Thinking of you and Paul today. Sending lots of love. Deb Allen
Posted by Zoe White on 27th March 2018
Thinking of you and missing Paul today. Love, Andy, Zoe, Andrew and Meredith
Posted by Linda Clifford on 27th March 2018
My beloved little grandson, you are in my heart today and every day.
Posted by Sue Hale on 27th March 2018
Thinking of you and your whole family today, and sending hugs.
Posted by Susan Egner on 27th March 2018
Thinking of you today, Shana. Lots of love! Xoxoxo.
Posted by Melinda Pankratz on 27th March 2018
Thinking of you and Paul David and saying an extra prayer.
Posted by Lisa Haines on 27th March 2018
Thinking of you today. Love and miss you xoxo
Posted by Deb Allen on 27th March 2017
Shana, Thinking of you and Paul today. Love, Deb
Posted by Marianne Delaney on 27th March 2017
Remembering precious little Paul.
Posted by Dawn Jernigan on 27th March 2017
Remembering you today, Paul. You are not forgotten sweet little one, nor will you be. Shana - hugs and prayers to you my friend. I pray peace and comfort for you. Dawn
Posted by Lynn Post on 27th March 2017
Thinking of you today, Shana! We miss you and love you. xoxo
Posted by Zoe White on 27th March 2017
Wishing you were here with us, little Paul! Thinking of you both. Love, Zoe, Andy, Andrew and Meredith.
Posted by Sue Hale on 27th March 2017
Thinking of you and sending hugs. Sue
Posted by Susan Egner on 27th March 2017
xoxoxoxo, Shana. Thinking of you!
Posted by Melinda Pankratz on 27th March 2017
Thinking of you and Paul today. I wish he was only telling you what he wanted to do for his big seven year old party in a few months. Hugs, Melinda
Posted by Angela Cross on 27th March 2017
Remembering your family today.
Posted by Lisa Haines on 27th March 2017
Hugs. Thinking of you and Paul today.
Posted by Desiree Keplinger on 27th March 2017
Sending love and a candle to you, Shana, in memory of you precious son, Paul. I hope knowing that people are thinking of you both brings you comfort. Love you! ❤
Posted by Linda Clifford on 26th March 2017
Another year, another candle, another year of loving you and missing you and thinking of what should have been, my precious grandson Paul. ❤
Posted by Michelle Spallino on 28th March 2016
I can't believe it's been 6 years. Shana, I think of you often and your sweet son Paul. He is not forgotten and neither are you. Happy Birthday Paul!
Posted by Dawn Jernigan on 27th March 2016
You are remembered sweet little Paul. Thoughts and prayers with you today, Shaina.
Posted by Marianne Delaney on 27th March 2016
Remembering Paul and thinking of you, Shana.
Posted by Lisa Haines on 27th March 2016
Shana, thinking of you and Paul today with love
Posted by Sue Hale on 27th March 2016
Thinking of you today and sending big hugs.
Posted by Deb Allen on 27th March 2016
Shana, Thinking of you and Paul today, and always, with love.
Posted by Zoe White on 27th March 2016
With thoughts of Paul today and always. Love, Zoe, Andy, Andrew and Meredith
Posted by Martha Jennette on 27th March 2016
Another year has gone by, but the memory of Paul lives on because his mother loved him with all of her heart. Thinking of you today, Shana.
Posted by Tina Mckean on 27th March 2016
Sending hugs from across the miles!
Posted by Linda Clifford on 27th March 2016
In early spring we walk in the woods, hoping to spot those brief and beautiful blossoms called spring ephemerals. My beloved little grandson, you are the most beautiful of them all. I will never stop loving you and missing you.
Posted by Angela Cross on 27th March 2016
6 years seem like such a long time yet have passed in the blink of an eye. Paul was only here for a brief time yet has impacted so many lives. Happy birthday Paul
Posted by Jill Johnston on 27th March 2016
Shana, Sending you love. Wishing you peace. XOXO
Posted by Frances Doyle on 27th March 2016
Thinking of you and Paul today. Peace be with you.
Posted by Melinda Pankratz on 27th March 2016
I can't believe it has been six Shana. I wish we were hearing about kindergarten tours instead. Thinking of you and Paul today and always. Melinda
Posted by Susan Egner on 27th March 2016
Shana, my thoughts are with you today, as always.
Posted by Susie Shannon on 30th March 2015
I wish there were words to fill the hole in your heart. Please know that both you and Paul are forever loved.
Posted by Jennifer Rotella on 29th March 2015
Shana, sending love to you during this time. Thinking of you and Paul. Although he will forever live in your heart, I am sending you comfort because I know that you would give anything to have him here. Love, Jennifer
Posted by Jill Johnston on 29th March 2015
Thinking of you. Hoping the beauty of those trees in bloom have brought you some comfort. Wishing love and peace for you.
Posted by Karen Lawlor on 28th March 2015
Thinking of you Shana, and of Paul. Sending you hugs. ❤️
Posted by Dawn Jernigan on 28th March 2015
Thinking of you today, Paul. My love and prayers are with you, Shana.
Posted by Marianne Delaney on 27th March 2015
Thinking of you and Paul, and sending hugs.
Posted by Lisa Haines on 27th March 2015
Thinking of you both today Shana
Posted by Deb Allen on 27th March 2015
Shana, You and Paul are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Deb Allen
Posted by Zoe White on 27th March 2015
Hard to believe that five years have gone by. We miss you, Paul! Love, Zoe, Andy, Andrew and Meredith
Posted by Melinda Pankratz on 27th March 2015
Shana, Thinking of you and Paul David. Wish you were busy with party plans and getting ready for kindergarten. Hugs. Melinda
Posted by Martha Jennette on 27th March 2015
Remembering Paul and sending love to you, dear Shana.~Martha
Posted by Sue Hale on 27th March 2015
Thinking of you all today and sending hugs, Sue
Posted by Angela Cross on 27th March 2015
Remembering you and Paul today
Posted by Desiree Keplinger on 27th March 2015
Dear Shana ... thinking of you and Paul David today. I would imagine that all birthdays are hard, but milestone ones can be especially hard. Wishing you comfort and love and sending hugs and warm thoughts today on what should have been Paul's 5th birthday. Love, Desiree

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