Witness to Loss

Hello friends,

As I mentioned earlier this week, I headed back down to Bargains and Buyouts yesterday, in eager anticipation of the nine truckloads of goodies that were being delivered this week.  While they did have more stuff, I didn’t find anything that I just had to have.

This trip has been troubling me though, and I feel compelled to share my experience with all of you.  I was wrapping up my visit, when not far from me, I saw a couple of women shopping together, probably out for the day, having some fun.  One of the women got a phone call, and you could sense that it was urgent by her tone and mannerisms.  She rushed over to her friend, and I heard her say words like, “that was your dad”, “a pole fell” and “airlifted to the hospital”, “you’re not driving, I will take you.”  This woman started crying, jumping up and down, with her hands covering her mouth, and rushed outside.

I was witnessing someone’s personal tragedy -it was heartbreaking and I felt utterly helpless.

It was one of those stories that showed up on the evening news last night.  I suspect it was her husband who was killed yesterday, leaving her a widow with four children.  As if it couldn’t get worse, I read that they lost a child in September.

I have been praying for this family since I witnessed the events that unfolded yesterday.   Please keep them in your prayers and let your loved ones know you love them.  Life can turn on a dime.  Be kind to others, you don’t know what personal battles they are fighting.  None of us wear signs that say “My mother is dying” or “I lost a child.”  If we did, perhaps we would be more kind to one another.


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    marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    February 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Oh such a tragedy, my prayers will be with this family. God Bless. Hugs, Marty

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    Simply LKJ
    February 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Jenny, what a heart wrenching story. My prayers are with this family. And yes, I will hug mine a little tighter.

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    February 28, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Jenny, OH. How sad to witness. This post touched me so much. I have lost – as I know you have too – and have had to break the news of death and it always amazes me how life can go from normal – laundry, what's for dinner, etc. – to turned completely upside down in the blink of an eye. Thanks for the reminder to cherish this day, and be the kindest version of ourselves on this day, too.

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    February 28, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Thank you for this reminder. I hope things will turn for the family! This made me sad….

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    Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    February 28, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    oh wow, jenny…. praying for that poor woman and her family.

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    February 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    That's a heartbreaking story – and I can only imagine how upsetting it was to witness someone receiving such awful news. As you say, we don't wear signs, but if we did, we might all be kinder. Thank you for reminding us all.

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    February 28, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    I'm so moved by this story – your experience, their experience, everyone's experience, I suppose. We forget sometimes, that loss and sadness are all around us all the time. So good, Jenny to be reminded to always be tender. Thank you.

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    Debbie J.
    March 1, 2014 at 12:17 am

    They are in my prayers. We should always live our lives in a way to make people feel better not worse. When someone has been extremely rude for whatever reason, I try to remember that they may be going through some very tough times but I always have room for improvement. Bless you and your family as well.

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    Cyndy Aldred
    March 1, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Oh my gosh Jenny, how very sad… Saying prayers for this woman and her family and I'm so glad that you shared it today. Yes, thank you for reminding us all friend.

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    March 1, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    I am so sorry for their loss and how heartbreaking for you to see her life change as it happened. I have lost some family members suddenly, my Mom was one. Yes we all need to be kinder to one another and say what you need to say before its too late. Although this is really sad I am glad you shared it. We all need reminders of how short life is and how we need to focus on the good things and good people we love

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    March 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Jenny, I heard about this horrible accident. How awful for the family. I witnessed a car accident last week and sadly the woman in the accident passed away the next day. So heartbreaking. My seven year old also witnessed it and has been praying for this woman and her family ever since.

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    Sabrina Craig
    January 6, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    That family has gone through a lot. It was so kind of you to include them in your prayers, Jenny. Witnessing a call of news for a tragedy unfold in front of your eyes must've saddened you a lot. We never know what awaits us in our daily lives, right? I'm just glad that you remain thankful and kind. Thanks for sharing that! Take care always!

    Sabrina Craig @ Medical Attorney NY

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