I received news, last Friday, that my niece had passed away. She was a vibrant, beautiful young lady of 19. Far too young to be forever gone. Kristy was my older brother’s youngest daughter; and the 2nd of his daughters to die.
Caitlin died December 28, 2004 – she was 15. She was the oldest of my brother’s three daughters, and the only one of the three that was not adopted.
Kelsey, their middle daughter, is now an only child. In her words – “And most of all, I will miss everything that could have been in the future.”
There are so many questions, so many feelings, so much sadness. I have grieved in a way I have never experienced, but know that my brother and sister-in-law will grieve far longer than I will.
Grieving is neither frugal or extravagant, it is necessary. The Psalmist David, who was well acquainted with grief, and grieving said it very well:
“….. weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 (b)
We just don’t know how long the night will be, or when the morning will begin.