October 5th, 2008 – January 10th, 2012.
We lost Nakoa yesterday. He has moved on to the next great adventure of the cosmos. I am devastated. My heart aches and I beg that you all hold the Breitbachs and Estafens close in your heart as they process this loss. Just as I logged on to notify everyone on Facebook, I found that a dear friend had just given birth to a baby boy on the same day, and I remembered that the circle of life continues, heedless to our human emotions.
I grieve for one life, try to rejoice for another, and realize that life is continually full of bitters and sweets, but tonight I light a candle for the spirit of Nakoa, and hold the family close. May they have the strength to get through this, may they feel the love we send.
I can only be thankful for the summers we spent, the adorable mispronunciations of my name, the laughter, the happiness, the willful sullen faces he’d make at the most curious moments.
The world is darker for this loss, but that which lies beyond is so much brighter for the gain.
Thank you for holding vigil with us, and for what strength and love you spare to heal our hearts and aching souls – I ask it not for myself, but for this family I was so fortunate to spend a year as part of – for Maple & David, for Alam & Judah, for Pearl, Michael, Jakob, River, Jackson, Chiron, Josh & Jessica. Hold them closely in your hearts.
Life is fleeting, don’t forget to say I love yous, don’t forget to make it count.