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Life's tragedy

Updated on March 13, 2012

Indiana tornados

Unexpected and Unbearable loss

No one really knows why or has the answers for life's unexpected tragedies that can cut so deep and be so emotionally painful that life will forever be changed and hopes of regaining some sense of normalcy in the wake of such heartbreak will be unlikely. How could life be normal when loss is so devastating, so sudden and so unexpected? It seems these stories of loss of life are common place and affects so many. I am a sensitive person and when I hear of such tragedies in the news it does affect me and makes me realize how uncertain life truly is. We just don't know what tomorrow will bring us.

It seems no matter how much we try to live our lives and expect to continue as usual with each waking day some of us will not be so fortunate. Their lives sadly will be cut short and virtually with no warning. It can be the result of a natural disaster such as an earthquake, a hurricane, a tornado, a volcano, a mudslide or a tsunami. It can also be the result of illness, a high speed car accident, a plane going down or some other tragic circumstance. We just never know and what makes it seem so hard to comprehend is seeing our loved one alive and well one moment and learning they are gone in an instant the next moment and coming to terms with the finality of it when we lose someone so close and in such a tragic way is probably one of the most difficult things we will have to experience.

I was deeply moved and very saddened by the news from Indiana where a family was trying to huddle themselves in their trailer home for protection and take cover during the presence of a deadly tornado that ripped through the mid-west virtually taking everything in its path and causing a path of havoc and destruction that killed many and destroyed so much. It was so heartbreaking learning of what happened to this poor family and trying to understand what they must have been going through in the moments right before they were hit directly by the brute force of the tornado as they lied on the floor of their home that was no match as they prayed for God's protection trying to weather through this horrific natural disaster.

The family consisting of a mother, father, two daughters and a son all were killed. The children were 2 years, 15 months and 2 month old. The 15 month old girl was originally found in a field having survived the tornado's direct hit as her family was killed instantly and she was rescued and transported to the hospital. She was a shining beacon of hope and was a testament to a miracle but it was not to be as her grandparents who were dealing with this family tragedy of epic proportions had to make the painful decision of taking the baby off of life support when it was determined she no longer had brain function. She died in her grandmothers arm as she took her last breath as her grandma sang itsy bitsy spider to her.

The mother was buried with her two infant daughters in one casket while the father was buried with their 2 year old son in another casket side by side in the pauper section of the cemetery. It was such a sad story and it really made me feel heartbroken. I just felt so bad for the family and felt that no family deserves such pain like this. It is just too much to bear. It seems so unfair that their has to be such pain like this that makes you question why and look to a higher power for answers. Answers that you will never understand or ever be able to come to accept. Why do small children have to die like this? Why does a whole family have to be wiped out? It just makes you want to cry and wonder why this has to happen in life.

I have come to realize that we must always have faith and believe in God to help us get through the difficulties we face in our life. We just can't go it alone. We must find the love and support we need so we can feel we are not all alone having to take on such burdens. In reading about this family tragedy I just can't help but shed a tear and pray for the victims and the family relatives who must continue their lives while they must face such pain and devastation of losing their family members in such a violent and painful way. For the grandparents this is a pain that will never go away and no matter how hard they try to carry on their lives will always be affected by this devastating tragedy. The grandmother held her dying granddaughter in her arms as she sang a lullaby to her to try and comfort her in her pain as she went to sleep to be reunited with her family.

God Bless this family and protect them.

Edward D. Iannielli III

Indiana Tornado aftermath on video



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    • Mr. Happy profile image

      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I apreciate your compassion.

      I wish You all the very best and may the Universe listen to your good wishes and allow them to manifest.


    • ediann profile image

      ediann 6 years ago

      dad, think positive!!!