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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

RIP Michael

My precious and most beloved brother of only 41 years passed away in his sleep Sunday night, he left behind a very devoted wife and two kids. Michael has had a series of seizures of unknown cause and left him with considerable brain damage and it is my understanding that he had one in his sleep causing a fatal stroke.

Michael and I were best buddies growing up and would often gang up on my sister Lisa who was left to watch over us while both parents worked to make ends meet. We had a lot of fun together, there were many fond memories that I will never forget. Michael was the most kind and considerate man that I have ever known and was a great role model for his kids. he showed nothing but respect to his wife. I have always been proud to be his sister.

When I became a teenager and had interest in boys we kind of drifted apart subsequently I moved to Washington state on the other side of the country.Many years have passed and for the past 4 years I have lived back from whence I came to be closer to my family.

I don't think that so far Griffin has any concept of death and that he will never see his uncle Michael again or why so many people are sad and crying. I have attempted to find a way of helping him but he just doesn't seem interested. So I just let it go and will wait to see if he has any questions.


Looking for Blue Sky said...

((hugs)) Lora, so sad for you and your family that your lovely brother was taken from you all at such a young age xx

Autimom said...

im so so sorry for your loss & his wife & kids, my thoughts and prayers are with all of ye xxx huge hugs Lora xxx

DeeAnn said...

Oh Lora, I am soo sorry to hear this. I think you are wise not to worry so much about Griffin's reactions...or un-reactions, and let yourself grieve. That's the healthy thing for you to do, then you will be better equipped to help Griffin understand the concept of death.

wendy said...

so sorry to hear of your loss- griffin will learn and understand by watching your behavior - let yourself grieve

symphonymommy said...

Lora, my mom sent me the news that Michael had passed away. All I could think of was the little boy in footie pj's when we had our sleep overs! I am so sorry for your loss and will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers!

Rene Campbell McKeel
Piedmont SC
(Valley Hill Elementary School, Flat Rock Jr. High)