Friday, May 11, 2012

For Jessica, Unknown to Me

For Jessica, Unknown to Me

News came from the family
that my cousin's child had died.
A routine surgery, an air embolism,
and gone.

I never met her.
I don't know why there's now
an emptiness,
the loss of something
I didn't know I had.


  1. Oh, Ellen... My condolences.

  2. Thinking of you tonight. And of your cousin. Hugs.

  3. How sad and shocking. Of course you feel a loss. I'm so sorry, for all your family.

  4. Thank you for sharing this. I feel the same way. I don't know if it is because the loss was so sudden, or reading the tributes and notes on the funeral home website, but it really has been difficult dealing with a feeling of loss of someone I never met. The best thing we can do is to remember to pray for the family, and especially her dear husband. That brings a measure of peace to me. We cannot help them through this difficult time, but we do know the one Who is able to do so.


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