Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Guardian Angel

Lucas, 26, of Tampa, passed away suddenly on October 7, 2012. He is survived by his Mother and her husband; his father and his wife; two sisters; a maternal grandmother. Lucas was a 2005 graduate of Plant High School and attended Florida State University for two years. He had a creative spirit, a love for art and extreme sports. Prior to his untimely passing, he was a barista with Starbucks in Tampa. By all accounts, he had an amazing smile, a big heart and a zest for life. He was a loving son, brother, grandson, and friend who will be forever missed.

When we lose our parents we are orphaned. When we lose a spouse we are widowed. There is no name for what we are when we lose a child. On my own son's 26th Birthday I learned of Lucas’ death. He was a close friend of my nephew. My son and his cousin (my nephew) are the same age. There is no measure of the sadness and pain of losing a child. There are no words. He will be remembered with joy and smiles always.A friend of the family offered this in Lucas’ virtual guest book: “You all have a special guardian angel!” What a beautiful thought.

Sometimes something happens in our lives that just gives us pause. And so a moment of silence… 

Song for Lucas

You are gone.
It isn’t about you.
We are Young.
A popular song plays;
So let’s set the world on fire;
We can burn brighter than the sun.

But you are gone.
We feel sorrow and pain;
For you made an impression.
A creative spirit;
A barista with a big heart
and amazing smile.

You are gone.
We will remember you always.
Our denial doesn’t bring you;
Anger emerges and subsides.
No bargain can be made;
You have gone home.

You are gone.
Out of this deep sadness we recall you;
Dancing for a short while.
And yet, until we die we cannot know
That death is not the greatest joy.
You are gone.

We will go on.

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