Credit: Melissa Rycroft on Instagram

It’s been half a decade since Melissa Rycroft Strickland left our screens as the winner of Bachelor 13, but we’ve kept up with her since, following her run on Dancing With the Stars, her marriage to Tye Strickland, and then the births of their two adorable babies, Ava and Beckett. Melissa feels like part of the family — the Bachelor Nation fam — so when we heard that she’d suffered a death in her clan, we really felt for her.

Melissa broke the news on Twitter this morning that a member of their family had passed away. “RIP...Please keep our family in our prayers…” she wrote. Though Mel didn’t elaborate with who in the Rycroft-Stricklands had passed away, she did link to a quote posted to Instagram, which reads as follows:

“God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you and whispered ‘Come to Me.’”

This really gives us a case of the sads. No matter who it is that they have lost, we can’t imagine the pain they are going through at this time. We are thinking of their family in this difficult time.

Send your thoughts and condolences to Melissa and her family in the comments below!