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Richard

This morning, I heard that my best friend's youngest and favourite brother has died in a parachute jump. He was an experienced jumper and over the years, has made countless jumps succesfully, but this time it seems, he lost his balance coming down, fell over backward and hit his head on the hard ground. Apparently, he was killed instantly.

My friend, who is 8 months pregnant, is taking it very hard. Very, very hard. And I don't know what to do, what to say, except for the usual platitudes. I can't believe that this young man, this boy I've known for half my life, our Richard with the laughing eyes...I simply cannot believe he's no longer with us. He was only 34.

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gamiila
May. 7th, 2004 08:32 am (UTC)
I'm not good at this

Don't worry, I don't think any of us ever are, esp. when it's so sudden like this. I've been trying to think when the last time I saw him was, and I can't remember; it must have been some time last year. And in a weird kind of way, that makes me feel rather more guilty towards my friend than anything else, that I can empathise with her loss, but don't feel it as keenly because I simply wasn't that close to him, even though I knew him quite well of course. I don't know if I'm making any sense here, but I just feel so helpless. There's nothing I can do to make it better for her, and her poor, devastated parents.

So thanks for the hugs, they're much appreciated!

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