This weekend a friend of ours lost his life in a tragic turn of events. Today has been hard for so many of my friends. Many knew him much better than Brad and I did, yet we are all suffering a loss.
We gathered today to celebrate his life and mourn his tragic death. He was far too young to leave us. I have been crying off and on all day today. Not only mourning the loss of a friend and beautiful spirit, but trying to make sense of it all and comfort those around me who are hurting as well. Many who gathered were with him earlier that day, some ran to be by his side even in death.
Brad asked me as we were driving if I was going to be ok. I had to explain to him why I was having trouble pulling myself together…..I was weeping for those he left behind, particularly his parents. No parent should ever have to outlive their children. The thought of losing Brad or my son makes me physically ill. It is a pain I pray none of us ever know.
I looked around the room where we all gathered and silently thanked God for each person. I held Brad a little tighter, I kissed Dyce hundreds more times than usual, and tonight after we got home I quietly wept as a chain of texts came in from each person who gathered today…..telling everyone that we love the other.
Life is so precious.
We lost a good one.
Heaven is for real sweet “Bear” and we’ll see you there one day.