A family member of mine- the lovely partner of a very close cousin- passed away at the end of last week. He was so young, and the shocking news has shaken my family. I didn’t meet him many times, but I knew him well enough to know how happy he made my cousin and their family.
Maybe I’m wording this wrong. He’s not around anymore- not physically– but it’s not about how happy he made them. It’s about how happy he will continue to make them. Nobody who makes such an impact will ever be gone, or forgotten. Amidst the grief and shock and pain, I’ve seen so many posts and stories about how kind he was, how funny and how great. He will always also have the power to make people happy, even through stories about his life, even through photos of his smile. The girls will continue to love him. My cousin will continue to love him. My family, and his of course, will continue to love him- no matter how much time passes.
I wanted to write this to express my love and sadness for my family, especially my beautifully strong cousin and her amazing girls. I also wanted to celebrate his life as I’ve seen it: the caring way he acted, the silly moments with my cousin and the girls, the love that surrounded him. I wish I had known him better, but I’m glad that I knew him at all.
Rest peacefully. You’ll always be around.