Friday, August 23, 2013

Deeply Saddened

Today, I received some horrible news.  My friend Josh died.  Today would have been his 28th birthday.

Josh was one of the first friends I made when I went to college.  At the time his girlfriend was still living in Michigan while we were in Minnesota.  There wasn't a lot of stuff to do in the middle of nowhere so we played Dungeons and Dragons and participated in our college's Renaissance Faire.  I remember him excitedly showing me the engagement ring he had bought for his girlfriend.  I think I might have been the first non-family member to see it.  We would chat about lots of things.  He was like the brother I never had.

His girlfriend turned fiancee moved to our small town to be closer to him.  We became friends as well.  They got married soon after and I was at their house almost every weekend.  They were there for me when my father died and when I had problems related to that.  I stayed with them while I student taught. We had a lot of fun together.

I kept in contact with them over Facebook when I moved to Texas.  Their daughter is only a few months younger than my oldest.

The saddest part is that he took his own life.

I am still in shock right now. I won't be able to make it up for the funeral. His life is in God's hands now.  I am deeply saddened for the wife and daughter he left behind.

"Surely he hath bourne our griefs and carried our sorrows."


  1. So sorry to hear your news. Whatever drove him to do this, hopefully he is at peace now. Thoughts are with you and his family. xx

  2. My heart and prayers go out to you and your friend's family.

  3. Really sorry for the loss. I can never understand why someone would do that. The heartache left behind for those who loved him. May you find comfort in the lord.

  4. So sorry for your loss...suicide is something I don't think we can understand. Will say a prayer for you and for his family.


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