This is for my friends who’ve lost a dear loved one.
Gone Too Soon by K.D.
Nothing fully prepares us
For the passing of someone dear
The news comes like a piercing sound
Foreign to the ear
Even if we were forewarned
Of what was to occur
It doesn’t ease the pain
It doesn’t quell the hurt
Sometimes it blindsides us
Nothing we would expect
It shakes us and it breaks us
We’ve no chance to object
We’re left reeling from the shock
Staggering from the sting
Trying to make sense
Of all that’s happening
Wondering how we’ll make it
Without their presence near
Questioning how we’ll go on
Through the ache and through the fear
Knowing somehow we must proceed
But still not sure quite how
Going through the motions
Is how we function now
One second, hour, day at a time
That’s how you make it through
You say, “I can’t ever see
How I will make it without you?”
“But, this one thing I have
That no one can tear apart
Is the memory I hold of you
Close within my heart.”
So, with memories so precious
We go forward day by day
Honoring the one we love
In a special way
Their presence will be missed
Their absence has left a void
But their deposit into our lives
Has left an undeniable joy
And as we live each day
Holding the gift of them in our hearts
We honor their very essence
A love that won’t depart
©2014 KD Corner / K.D. “Gone Too Soon (a poem)”
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The other day, word spread throughout the office fast, that a former coworker had passed away. The age…26 years young. Shock and disbelief permeated the office. Those of us who knew him shared and discussed it amongst ourselves. This young man had recently moved out-of-state to pursue another venture. It was said that no one had heard from him for a few days and when someone checked on him, they found that he was…gone. I don’t want to share any more detail to protect his family’s privacy. But, wow. I wasn’t very close with him, but, I knew him and we’d chat sometimes. He was a pretty well-known figure among many of us. And really, it’s something you don’t expect to happen. It’s something that shouldn’t happen. But it did.
Unexpected death brings about varied reactions. But those that are common are reactions of shock and sadness. Immediately my heart broke for his family and very close friends. To lose a son so young….to lose a child at all…is devastating. Immediately I set about the task of praying for God’s provision and comfort for this family. As a bystander, you feel so helpless. You want to rush in and comfort those loved ones left behind, only to realize that you cannot fix it. You cannot lessen their pain. You can only support and help where needed, which can be a blessing to the family.
I apologize if this blog entry seems all over the place or disjointed. I’m still grappling with this news. Immediately I thought of the brevity of life. I thought of my own children. I thought of how precious life is and how this young man likely had no clue that his would end so suddenly. It made me want to scoop up all of my kids and protect them. It made me want to take more time to treasure them. It made my heart break for those parents of that young man. It made me think of how none of us really know how long we have, and how we should make the most of it. It made me think, personally, of my relationship with God, my creator. It made me think – am I living to the fullest? Am I reaching my potential? Am I sharing my faith effectively? Am I doing everything I should be doing? Am I trying to live a healthy and robust life? Am I taking proper care of myself and my family’s health and well-being? So many questions and thoughts swirling around. Events like this have a way of making you STOP. THINK. REFLECT. As much as it lies within me, I want to treasure this gift of life and my children and family and friends. I will attempt to live my life, this gift of life from God, to the fullest and to make it one that pleases Him. That’s my personal goal. What will you do with yours?
I pray that you live to the fullest and make a positive difference in this world.
I pray that you take the time to treasure your loved ones – your family and friends.
I pray that you let go of grudges and live!
I pray that you forgive those who have wronged you and choose to live with joy and peace and laughter and love.
I pray that you don’t let anyone rob you of who you are. God created you uniquely special.
I pray that you comfort and help others and take every chance to “pay it forward”.
I pray that you realize how beautiful and wonderful you are and that you can reach the stars!
I pray that you can be that shoulder for someone to cry on, or that listening ear, or that word of wisdom, or that hug or smile.
I pray that you know how much God loves and adores you and that you get to experience Him in your life.
And I pray that you know that… just as “bad” unexpected things can happen, so can “good” ones. Never give up!
© “Life Unexpected” by KD Corner 2012
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