My son's new friend (I say new as they became friends about a year ago) and his brother were in a car accident Monday. My son's friend was the driver and his brother was killed. My son's friend thankfully only suffered a sprained ankle. How does something like this happen? The brother was only fourteen and attended high school for only four days. We have interstate 80 running along side our town connecting other towns to it. Of course we don't know all the facts but they somehow hit a parked semi. My husband and I can't wrap our brains around it-the sadness of it all. I think part of it is our son has just started driving and I say a little prayer every time he goes somewhere. This is every parents worst fear. I feel such pain and sadness for this family. How does a 16 year old deal with this the rest of his life? How do his friends who are just kids help him through this?
The wake is Thursday night and both of my children want to go. I realize friends will be really important right now but I don't think my kids realize the sadness and depth of grief this funeral will be. I want to shield them from this as I have tried to keep anything unpleasant from happening to them all their lives.
My husband and I talked in length to them both and other than that I feel helpless. I'm thinking of offering our home as a place they can bring their friends after the wake for dinner and together time as I think being with their friends may help start the healing process. As to any answers as to why? I have none. I can only be there to lend support and listen when they choose to share. Please pray for this family.