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Family Fridays: We Must Remember

The amount of tragedy that has occurred in the month of December is incomprehensible. Too many lives have been lost. There were still dreams to be achieved, birthdays to celebrate and memories to be made. One short week ago, the nation was rocked by the devastation in Newtown, Connecticut. I will never be able to grasp why babies were sent to heaven too soon. As a big sister with siblings in elementary school, I cannot begin to think about that and immediately called my siblings when I heard the news.

Tragedy and heartbreak do not choose when to strike. On Tuesday morning, my 45-year-old cjoeousin, a father of two young boys, had a massive heart attack and passed away. He will be missed by many but in his death, all of us should be reminded how short life is. Like all those lives lost in Connecticut, his life was cut short and heaven gained another angel just too soon.

So what do we do now? It is hard to come to terms with all that has happened in just the last week. But in order to move forward and honor these angels’ memories, we must properly grieve. The Metro had a helpful article earlier this week about how to handle such grief and tragedy.

memorial 1. Honor your feelings: Most people try to suppress what they feel. However, that is probably the most unhealthy thing to do. It is okay to cry, to be angry or to be alone. Do whatever you have to so your feelings are fully expressed.

2. Set loving intentions: The hardest part for me in such tragedies is that there isn’t anything I can do. I am a doer and always feel the need to fix things. Death and tragedy are not things that can be fixed. But, by setting intentions, prayers or moments of silence for the victims, I am doing something to honor their memory.

3. Be kinder to everyone: Hug your loved ones a little tighter. Call your grandparents. Tell your friends how much you appreciate them. Thank your parents for raising you right. Do something to pay it forward and remind those you care about how important they are to you. Practice being kinder to everyone in your life including strangers.

Ultimately, the best thing we can do to honor these fallen angels is to never forget what happened and to learn from this horrific tragedy. Life has been put into perspective and the little things that are stressed over are now insignificant. May all of these new angels rest in peace and let us never forget them.

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Family Fridays: Loving Angels Instead

Happy Friday everyone! I am going to warn you this post is very mushy and emotional for me. So, if that’s not your thing, thanks for visiting, but this post might not be for you.

uncle2I was three years old, with my head in the clouds, feet dangling over the shoulders of my best friend. We would walk up to my stage, also known as a slab of cement two blocks from my house in a school courtyard. I’d sing and dance and he would applaud, like it was the best thing he’d ever heard. He taught me how to make Chicken Francese and didn’t care when I got flour all over the kitchen floor. He would read me scary stories, paint my nails and is the reason why I am addicted to the Food Network. He was my best friend and today is his birthday.

Uncle David and I were inseparable, always together with him teaching me something new all the time. I was very little but I still vividly remember our times together. They were the best. He would pick me up and take me all over the place, sharing things he loved most with a child he wasn’t even technically blood related to. I had him wrapped around my finger; whatever I wanted, I got without question. Uncle David has been gone for ten years now and truthfully I miss him more than ever. Today is his birthday and I’d give anything to be able to sing to him.

Instead of being upset today, I think of the amazing memories I have of my uncle and smile. I was so lucky to have such an amazing man in my life. I firmly believe that he is watching over me every day, making sure nothing happens to me and guiding me each step of the way. While that doesn’t replace having him here, I do find comfort in knowing that I have an angel on my shoulder. I know he has seen every milestone and heartbreak throughout the last ten years. He has been there even though I didn’t see him.

uncle1Uncle David was only 56 when he passed away from cancer. His cancer was a result of smoking cigarettes for decades. If you’re a smoker, I am begging you to quit. It’s the best gift you can give your loved ones this holiday season.

Life would be different if Uncle David was here today. But I know he’d want me to happy and not miss him too much. While it is hard, I try to remember all of the happy memories we had together.Happy Birthday in heaven!

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