Monday, January 19, 2009

Interruption

I was looking forward to telling you all about the awesome weekend we had at the Great Wolf Lodge down in Williamsburg, but I'm afraid that's going on hold. We arrived home safe and sound from Williamsburg just in time to receive shocking and sad news of the sudden tragic loss of my uncle, aunt, and my aunt's mother.

Uncle Chris and Aunt Elaine were wonderful, nice, loving people, believers in Christ, and respected members of their community. I haven't been in comms yet with my cousins Jon or Gigi, but they must be absolutely devastated. Gigi actually lives in the same town with Uncle Chris and Aunt Elaine, and Gigi's 5-year old son especially adored his Grandma Elaine. It breaks my heart to think of how Gigi is going to have to explain this terrible loss to her son.

In spite of this time of sorrow and loss, I find that I am truly blessed. I was supposed to go to a men's Bible study with my church tonight. When I called Jeff to tell him I wouldn't make it to Bible study, I lost my composure while I was on the phone with him. The next thing I knew, all the guys from my Bible study were sitting with me in my living room, praying with me and providing me support and encouragement.

Thank you, guys. Your fellowship and friendship means a lot to me, and I appreciate you coming over.

My thoughts and prayers are with my cousins, my mom (Uncle Chris was my mom's brother), and my grandpa right now. I've heard that it's especially traumatizing as a parent to lose a child, and this is the second of three children my grandpa has lost.

11 comments:

Navy Blue Cougar said...

You have my sincere condolences. I will say a prayer for you and your family. Several years ago, one of my uncles died unexpectedly. It was very hard on my grandmother. I remember her saying that no parent should ever outlive their child. Again, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Kat said...

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

C said...

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

JoLee said...

"Life" is a series of "Interruptions" we are grateful for the "good" ones and the "bad" ones make us think. YOU have always made the best of the "bad" ones. YOU know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dani said...

I echo the sympathies of everyone else. You and your family will be in my prayers during this season of grief. I am thankful to hear of the support that you have at your church.

Fast Nav said...

My deepest sympathies for you. Best wishes for you and your family.

David'Z RantZ said...

Please add my prayers and good thoughts to the list of those coming from all of the others who are also on your side, and those prayers extends to your other relatives, as well. Losing one person is difficult enough, but multiple losses like this are even more devastating.

Hilary said...

Oh Kevin, I'm so, so sorry for your loss. I'm sending my best thoughts your way.

The Yokoyama's said...

I am so very sorry for your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Father Vince once told me, "The separation is only temporary". It was comforting. I wish we were there.

Sam said...

Oh Kevin...sending thoughts and prayers to everyone. We are thinking about ya'll in this difficult time (and always)

blunoz said...

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. The memorial service is on Saturday. This hit me pretty hard and I wasn't really that close with my aunt & uncle. I can't imagine the anguish my cousins must be suffering through, and I will continue to pray for them as they come to terms with this sudden terrible loss.