Oh Ratbag, I'd just popped in a hopeful post, only to see your update once I'd posted.
I;m so very sorry for your loss.
But know this - Hope did NOT die without knowing love. He knew you. Even just for a little while, his last day was with someone who thought the world of him.
I'm so very very sorry.
Hugs just doesn't seem to cut it, but through a computer, it's all I've got to offer.
Crying for Hope here too.