I am forever grateful for the impact that Danielle’s life had on my own. There will forever be a void in my heart as no one could ever replicate the understanding, loving, humorous and selfless person that she was.
At thirteen, Danielle was the first ever co worker I had become a best friend. We may not have remained co workers throughout the rest of my teenaged years, but that didn’t separate us in one bit as friends.
The adventures Dani took me on and fun times we shared is something I’ll look back on fondly, but what I will treasure the most is the way she was always there for me. I will miss the phone calls, car rides and ice cream dates where Dani listened to me without judgement and was always there to support me, no matter what I was going through. She never saw the low points in her friends life’s as a nuisance, only as an opportunity to help bring them back up. She was the type of friend that brought so much light and adventure to my life during the good times and stayed there for me during the difficult ones, doing whatever she could to make me feel better. There was nothing it seemed she wanted more than for the people around her to feel happy, and she more often than not succeeded in doing so no matter the circumstances.
Her ability to empathize and help others find strength in adversity, even when it didn’t relate to her, was a characteristic I will always admire and one of the many ways Danielle’s memory will continue to inspire me. Dani only ever had love to give to me and the rest of the world in a capacity that is rare to find in a person.
Danielle, I love you so much and I am the luckiest girl in the world to have had you as a best friend. I promise not a day in my life will go by without me thinking of you. Thank you for being exactly who you were and watching over me now. Rest in peace, to the most beautiful angel.