Years ago my grandmother died, and I still remember to this day, how she looked in her coffin. She was a warm, lovely lady in every regard, and even though I was a young boy, I still miss her to this day. Each and everyone of us, has only a certain amount of time on this planet, before our hourglass winds down, and there's simply no sand left. Today, that's the case for three grieving families, who are enduring the most challenging of all pains that a human being can. Three young ladies with Rett Syndrome passed away yesterday. While I've only had the chance to meet two women with this condition, along with their awesome mothers, the words of my uncle at my grandmother's funeral rings true this morning. That is "with a heavy heart."
Those families are going through such agony, pain, and will have to go through a process that's gut wrenching. Our hearts should be with them, and if you can say a prayer, it is without a doubt something that can be felt. Three was a lucky number in Biblical terms, but this version certainly is not, as there are grieving families, friends, and a vast network of folks who have been a part of these ladies lives. Now there are more questions than answers, along with that heavy heart, and the soul crushing pain that will have to be directly experienced. Life's permanence is shockingly brought to such a conclusion, but at the same time, those will have to carry forward under totally new circumstances. Its not something one would wish on anyone, even a worst enemy if they had one. In Mitch Albom's "Have a Little Faith," he delivered the eulogy for his Rabbi. During one of their interviews preceding his death, the Rabbi discussed his children's death," and how he was angry at God." Mitch asked him, "then why are you a Rabbi?" To this he responded, "because my anger at God proved His existence."
There are going to be a swirl of emotions for the families, those who know them, along with parents of children with Rett Syndrome. Anger is one of them already, but in the coming days and there's no time limits on that, my hope is that there will be some sort of peace. Ultimately these families feel pain, and our hearts should be there for their broken ones. Love them, support them, and by all means pray for them out of an abundance of compassion. You just never know, as each and everyday is valuable, and these three families need to see the support of so many around them. They will never get over this, but through the grace of God, let's help them get through.