A life cut short

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

This past weekend was my third baby shower and my family came from my hometown to help with is and visit.  I am not really feeling much like writing about it now, even though it was a lovely time.  I got some unexpected bad news on Sunday evening that has pretty much left me in shock and clouded the whole weekend.

My 20 year old cousin passed away unexpectedly on Sunday.  He was a healthy and athletic college student and they have no idea what might have caused his death.  I can't even begin to imagine how his immediate family is feeling right now.  I am no stranger to loss, but to lose someone full of promise at such a young age is unimaginable.  Hearing that they had to drive to his college to pick up his belongings just doesn't seem possible.  My heart breaks for them.  

I feel like this hasn't really sunk in yet.  I haven't even cried, which is so weird for me since I always cry when people die and I am "hormonally unstable" at the moment.  I am not looking forward to the funeral because I feel like then everything will be real.  Right now, I can go along with my day, since I am not near my family.  Later on this week, I won't be able to be in denial anymore.

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where this is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled
as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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6 Responses to “A life cut short”

  1. Oh my gosh, this is tragic. I am so sorry. I will be keeping you and this young man's family in my thoughts. I can't even imagine....

  2. I am so sorry for your loss, friend. I do understand the grief that accompanies such a loss of someone so young too well. When I was 24, we lost my 19-year-old cousin and it devastated me. Holding you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. So sorry for your loss. How horrible! Sounds like you are in shock. Take time to grieve.

  4. From "Melis"-

    I am so incredibly sorry to hear this tragic news. I will be praying for you and your family in this difficult time.

  5. So Sorry for your loss. Praters for your family.

  6. I'm so sorry to hear about your cousin. Death in the family is always hard, but when it's a life cut short and with no good reason, it's even worse. I'll be keeping you and your family in my thoughts.