Today marks the 5th anniversary
“gone too soon”
a child of the Universe
now dancing in the heavens
and she is loved, she is missed
5 years later,
it somehow is still surreal to so many.
It has taken its toll on so many lives,
so many that have worked through the pain, the heartaches, the uncertain journey of grief, with its turns and twists on paths that have never been traveled before.
A bright and beautiful young woman who left out on a sunny day after exclaiming that 07-07-07
was a remarkable day,
kissing her beloved Mom
bounding out to her vehicle with friends heading North to enjoy a day of water, friends and great fun.
And in a heart beat, without warning,
a car with a malfunction
and she was gone.
Just like that.
5 years of tears, of triumph with this thing called sudden and traumatic loss and its complexities, its anger, its bitterness, and fears.
5 years of choices
to dwell in the darkness or fight back to the light.
To embrace life and receive the multitude of messages that Jaren has continually sent to her Mom, her Dad and sister and those who love her still.
The signs and messages are there,
but only if those left behind are willing and chose to come from the darkness into the light to receive them.
If and only when those who are left behind here, are ready to look beyond the severe pain that is like a knife in the gut that extends up and tears at the heart; are willing to remove that knife will they then know;
THERE IS NO DISTANCE.
From the other side; those we love will find their way to us; to let us know they are OK, they are with us.
They will find us, in our despair, and will want us to LIVE on as we remember them.
They will dance in the galaxies
as we find our way back to the rhythm of life here, perhaps finding the dance has changed, the music is different now, the steps are unsteady or completely off the key that others hear.
We develop our own walk, our own path, our own set of what is standard as we find ways to our own lives forever changed by tragedy and loss.
We at some point have to choose.
We will most often
MISS THOSE WE LOVE
yet we will live on
in ways that make the blues bluer
the skies more intense
the music more profound
the gifts more precious;
the memories more remarkable.
Thank you Jaren
for continuing to show yourself
to so many who love you so intensely
and showing them so often
that you are as alive in the next place
with your vibrant colors
as you were here for such a short time.
Sweet baby girl
gone too soon
precious child of the Gasse Family
gone too soon.
YOU ARE LOVED
THE NEXT PLACE
Blessings on the wind Beautiful Jaren, I know your Grandmother grabbed you that day, so that you knew no pain, no fear from that crash that took you from this world.
I believe you are now dancing and having a joyous time with your Grandparents and those who join there, welcoming the little ones and those that make joyous noise and also have a grand time being a trickster as you ride on the backs of the thunder beings and the beauty of dolphins and butterflies.
WE REMEMBER YOU
you are LOVED
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