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P1110532-WMFor a very long time, I have been following Kyran Pittman at Planting Dandelions and her blogs prior to that one. I enjoy reading her posts and quite honestly, while her boys are younger, I find she is a kindred spirit in raising three boys. Yesterday she wrote a post on grief in light of the Connecticut tragedy. I read it and immediately could totally and completely relate to her point of view — I am glad to know that the feelings of sadness that enveloped me that day and in the days that have followed are not just mine. I would encourage you to read the post which can be found here and share it.

It is beautifully written. Thanks Kyran.



All too often our world is filled with news of death, destruction, human tragedy and despair. I cringe when the alarm goes off to the news because I cannot think of any worse way, honestly, to start my day. In the minute or less that the news is playing, countless death and destruction is brought into my house and my life…not a good way to start your day.

It was wonderful today to see the news popping up on twitter as each and every miner in Chile was rescued, one by one, over hours from the depths of the earth. From the tragedy of the mine collapse, a nation –indeed a world — coalesced in support of the rescue effort. Tragedy reminded us of our commonality and the basic needs, wants and desires that we all, despite our religion, politics or place in this world –share.

It was extraordinary to see these miners, who endured months underground with such great strength, faith and courage, emerge and be greeted by their loved ones. It was incredible to see that cooperation from all over the world could give these families the opportunity to see their husbands, fathers, brothers, sons and nephews again when it seemed that tragedy had befallen yet another community.

It was refreshing to hear good news, to see happy faces, to know that there was, out of all the tragedy that could have easily written the end to this story – so much joy.

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Everyone is all abuzz about the swine flu. The media has grabbed it and for whatever reason, it has exploded into a media craze. We should all be concerned and exercise proper precautions in our dealings in public places, however glazed over is the tragedy that lives amid the hype. Splashed all over the news this morning is the fact that a 23 month old Texas boy died from it. He has become a statistic – an important one according to health standards since all the other reported and confirmed cases in this country have been deemed “mild” and most not requiring hospitalization. He will be known as the “first death” when referred to by health officials. His name will likely not be released because it is not necessary – he is but a statistic to the media, albeit an important one.  What is truly sad is the tragedy that has befallen a family. A family that I do not know, a family that is grieving for the loss of a child – by far one of the worst things that I can imagine. Statistics while important impersonalize people – this was a living, breathing human being that is gone forever. To his family, and his parents, he will not be infamous because he was the first swine flu death in the United States. To them, he will be grieved for the loss of the sweet child that will never grow to adulthood, will never enjoy playing with friends, birthday parties, soccer games or T-ball. The child that will never see a first date, a first love, a prom – that will never have the opportunity to father his own children. To his parents, he will be missed because he was taken away from them so suddenly, so senselessly, so tragically.  My heart goes out to the family who has to deal with this very real and very painful loss for the rest of their lives, long after the swine flu has come and has gone. This family will have to deal with this loss forever, long after the media takes no further interest – to me, while I don’t know them and will most likely never know them – my deepest condolences of the death of your baby. My heart breaks for your loss.

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