The recent week has been a difficult one due to the unexpected loss of a young family member.
After the original shock wore off, I went through an assortment of emotions. I was sad, I was unhappy, I was angry and I was disappointed. I was in a daze and I was confused. I spent an unbelievable amount of time praying for this young man and his immediate family. I prayed for his cousins and his friends, but most of all, I prayed for myself.
I know it sounds selfish, but I needed it. I prayed that I could somehow come to except this event. I prayed that I would remember the good times, that I would remember his life as a blessing to us all. He was a gift that was given to us for a brief span of time. I prayed that I will continue to remember him as the terrific kid he was!
When someone dies, I so often feel as if I will forget them, thank God that doesn't happen! The people who have died decades ago still remain close to me in my heart, my love for them remains, their importance to me stays just as great as it was. But still, as a human being, I worry about things like this!
My faith has helped me through this week, along with the help of the many family members and friends I have talked and commiserated with. I can only hope that I have somehow helped someone else during this difficult time the way they have helped me.
There will be a viewing and a funeral to go to in the upcoming week, but I know with the help of family and friends, we will all make it through it. This week and the weeks, months and years to come!
I'd have to thank the people who make up the scenery of my life. I know I don't say it enough, but I love you all!
The weeks ahead will be tough, many tears will be shed in private. But there will also be glimmers of sunshine that will through the gloom of our sorrow. Family and friends are the sunshine that illuminates our lives! It is them that will get us through this.
Austin, you WILL always remain with me in my heart and in my thoughts!
I ask you, the readers of this simple blog, to please say a prayer for Austin and his family. The power of prayer is a fact, it helps both the persons prayed for and the people who are saying the prayers. Believe me, we all need some prayers! Thank - You!
Austin Critchlow 1996-2014
BE AT PEACE!