21 comments on “A Future Grieved

  1. We lost a nephew to suicide. There are no words, no explanations, no satisfactory ideas that can explain the premature ending of a life or comfort those left behind. We will never come to accept the loss in the way we do those whose time has come. Instead we are saddled with a desire to understand that which cannot be understood.

    May your family may find its peace.

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  2. My heart breaks reading this! I will keep Jake, his family, and everyone touched by this in my prayers. All my love, Patty.

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  3. Somehow “Like” does not seem appropriate here… but please take it as a symbol of my appreciation of a difficult posting in light of this tragic situation. There are no words… but I am very thankful for your words… and the expression of Jake’s mom.

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    • I belong to an awesome family. Many of us are willing to share even our hardest times in order to help others who might one day experience them. Thank you for your comments and for reaching out.

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  4. Julie, I’m wondering as well why there were not signs of his depression. I say this because Rich’s little brother, Robbie, did this in 1991. I had heard of these signs, and Robbie had several, but no one thought it to be true because the family were all going to AZ in a month for Thanksgiving at his place. I was the last of the family to see and speak with him. He also left a letter to explain his feelings. You cannot imagine how many families spoke of their own experience of losing a family member in this way. I had no idea. God bless this mother, and know that “I’m But a Stranger Here; Heaven is my Home.”

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    • There were no signs Lana….and nothing left behind to unlock the mysteries. This isn’t the first time suicide has touched our family and I’ve spent a lot time trying to understand it, ever since I was a teenager and found out that my grandmother took her own life when my dad was just 19. The hurt a person is feeling overwhelms all normal thinking and they truly believe everyone will be off without them.
      I believe God holds these souls with extra tenderness.

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  5. I am wordless. And understand Galen911 above. “Like” seems so…wrong…
    At another time I will share my personal experience of this sad, sad event in your life but for now, please do take in all the love and support coming your way.coming. I am so sorry.

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  6. Beautiful words and heart, Julie!
    Little did we know what you would be writing about when you got this blog challenge, when I was with you in VA earlier this week.
    Heartbreaking. Well done, sweet sister.

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  7. So sad. I appreciate that both you and your cousin are sharing with us. It was very meaningful and moving to see Jake’s picture and to read his mother’s tribute. The angel picture is so powerful as well. I am glad you are all getting the support you need and deserve to have.

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  8. Thanks for connecting. I took the image of the angel when I was in New Orleans last year. She’s tucked back in a crypt in a cemetery in Metarie and I believe she truly depicts the sorrow that angels feel for those of us who grieve, even as they usher our loved ones into heaven we cannot begin to fathom. Jake’s mom has been amazing. She has been consoling all of us even though her grief is so very deep. Tonight, during the time of his visitation, she is encouraging all of us who can’t be there, to spend some time in prayer and then to simply be together in silence for seven minutes, the number on Jake’s baseball jersey.

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  9. Oh my sweet friend, I am so sorry about your loss. What a selfless post from his moms Facebook. I’m sending you and your family prayers and love. ❤

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