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When Tragedy Comes

A friend’s son has died, our son’s friend.  We got the call on Friday afternoon.  An accident, a freak accident, the mother was traveling with a relative to identify the body.

No, no, no.

Coroner, questions, crying.  A long day, and an even longer night as friends flooded her home.

So active, such a vibrant young man.  Gone.  No, maybe it was a mistake?  It was someone else?

Just 17 and finishing his junior year.  A high school football player, active in spiritual life, the only child still at home with his mom.  Our children were looking forward to him being at a pool party next weekend.

Now, poof!  No longer in this world.  As believers, we have the hope that we will see him again, but really, to be honest, we want to see him now.

How to explain the inexplicable?  You don’t.  You just put one foot in front of the other, and comfort those who are still here.

He would be living life to the fullest and so shall we.  Through tear-clouded eyes, we may see life a little differently because of him.

 

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6 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. avatar Fran says:

    You will never look at life the same way again! As horrible as this time is, it will remain with you and the kids for the rest of your lives. Somehow, you will learn to ‘get thru’ the days and weeks ahead. And the ‘Why him?’ questions that are unanswerable. My son’s fiancee’ of 4 days passed away last summer, very suddenly. She was a lovely young woman, just finishing her residency, brilliant, lovely family, etc… Had a headache and was gone in 72 hours. Just hug your kids a little tighter tonight. 🙁
    I’m so sorry for that family’s loss. Many prayers going to you and them.

    • avatar admin says:

      Thank you, Fran, and that’s terrible to hear about your son’s fiancee’-! What a shame. Everyone’s planning a service at the high school, but tonight a group of kids got together to discuss it and pray together. So good things are coming out of it. All are rallying around his mother and she’s doing as well as can be….

  2. avatar hoonew says:

    Ohhhhhhh, no. The first death I ever knew was a peer about this age. It was just too impossible to believe. My condolences to all of you, and his family.

    • avatar admin says:

      Thank you, hoonew. He was a special young man, always a smile on his face, athlete, etc. I think it’s going to be a very big funeral and even though school is out, there are grief counselors stationed there.

  3. avatar Sybil says:

    It just shouldn’t be possible that children die and yet they do. It is so unacceptable. My sincere condolences to all who love him.

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