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Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Reminder To Us All

Why does a tragedy at Christmas time always seem to be worse? I mean, after all, it's still the same tragedy no matter what day or month it happens, right? Yet, when something terrible happens at Christmas it always hurts more.

My neighbors across the street have a daughter who's wedding was 4 weeks away. She and her fiance' lived nearby. The family was planning Christmas and a wedding at the same time. My neighbor's husband suffered a stroke last year and has been wheelchair bound but lately he's been working on taking steps so he could walk his daughter down the aisle.

The wife came to our door on Tuesday to say that the daughter's fiance' passed away the night before. He was 30 years old. He hadn't been feeling well and that night went to lay down and never awoke. I saw him the day that he passed while I was sitting outside. He didn't look good and I made mention of it to Ray, never expecting to hear that he passed away hours later.

So now the family's Christmas has been ruined. Imagine too, having to call all the invitees to the wedding and have to tell them the wedding is canceled because the groom-to-be passed away. The mother is canceling the venue, the flowers, etc. etc.

This news came as such a heartwrenching shock to us as we can feel the sadness and despair everytime we look across the street. It's just awful. If I could take that pain away from them I would in a second. It was the couple's first wedding each and they were so excited about it and so in love.

I don't question why did this have to happen. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, even if we might not know what exactly that reason is. We all have to die. It's part of living and life. We all have to face death. Yet it sometimes comes about at the worst time for those of us still living.

So I'm posting this reminder to all of us. Especially if we're with our loved ones this Christmas!!




Until next time, remember...



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16 comments:

  1. No words really. I just feel
    So desperately sorry for the poor girl, her family and the young man's family.
    Tomorrow is never promised to any of us, but when it happens to someone so young, it's just tragic.

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    1. That's the part that gets me. He had so much ahead of him and their married life together.

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  2. Stories like this are so sad and shocking. I wonder if it was a brain aneurysm.

    A good reminder to not let the stress of the holiday make us forget that it's about love, not things.

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  3. That's incredibly sad. I lost a good friend last week in a freak accident - she was hit by a vehicle and struck her head. She was 66. You just never know.

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    1. So sad about your friend. We truly don't know so we need to think about what we can leave behind.

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  4. Very sad and timely reminder to hold close those we love.

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    1. Hi John. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It sure is a wake up call.

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  5. THat would be sad anytime of the year, but yes it is extra sad around Christmas.

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  6. I read about this on FB and am still just as shocked as ever that something like this could happen, even if I don't know the people involved. We really can go at any time, in any manner, even if we seem healthy. That's a great reminder, about saying you care. So much love and appreciation from both of us to you and yours, and may you have a wonderful Christmas.

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    1. B & B...I had a really wonderful Christmas, thank you! Hope you both did as well. Still, every time I looked across the street I was reminded how much we need to appreciate every little thing. Happy New Year!

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  7. I didn't know what to say when I saw this on FB and I still don't. I don't know if I have come to the point of accepting we won't understand everything this side of heaven or I'm just too beat down from all the seemingly stupid things that happen all the time. I can only pray for everyone's comfort and in hopes that one day we all meet again and say, "Remember how that thing happened- and see how it worked out!"

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    1. I too believe we'll have to "discuss" issues once we pass over. It's the only way to truly learn the greatest lessons of love.

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  8. So sad... my heart aches for them all, and for you too. Having to experience grief of this nature is rough, add this holiday in the mix and it becomes unfathomable. I'm can't even begin to comprehend it.
    I'm sending hugs your way, Jenny xxoo

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    1. Thanks so much Jenny. My heart breaks for this poor girl. I can't imagine what she's going through.

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