In an exclusive new video released by the Schmidt family, the world gets another intimate glimpse into the family’s love for their lost daughter and sister. Annie Schmidt died on October 16, 2016, from an accidental fall while hiking in Oregon. Thousands of hours and thousands of volunteers banded together to find Annie’s remains, which occurred last week. Now, as the family prepares to say goodbye, they are hoping to share the power of Annie’s spirit with the world.
The song was the last Annie worked on with her brother Spencer. Spencer left this comment on how the song helped him through losing Annie:
Before my sister Annie left on her mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints a few years ago, we wrote a song together about her leaving. Life happened and we never got around to finishing it. Months before she passed, we fell back in love with the song and were working towards finishing it. Perhaps because the whole experience was so surreal, I never cried during the past two weeks… until I listened to this song. I sat in my basement and just wept because the words weren’t just sending her off to Georgia for a year and a half but they were now sending her off to the next life. The timing of the song for me was a powerful witness to me that God lives and that he wanted to give my family and I a gift that we could cherish for the rest of our mortal lives. I want to share it, hoping that anyone (especially those who have lost a loved one) can draw strength from its message.
You can hear the song, watch beautiful pictures of Annie, and read why others loved her so much in the video below.
Annie’s father and a member of the popular musical group The Piano Guys, Jon Schmidt, also updated interested parties in Annie’s funeral. It will be held Monday, November 21st at 11:00 a.m. at the Bountiful Utah Heights Stake Chapel, located at 33 N Moss Hill Dr. in Bountiful, Utah. A public reception will be held from 9:30 till 10:30 prior. An additional public reception will be held at the same location Sunday, November 20th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations, the family asks for a donation for search-related costs which can be sent to: The El Nino Foundation-Annie 680 North 1100 East Bountiful, Utah 84010.