My dear friend Heather from A Mama’s Blog wrote this beautiful tribute to my sister Carrie who died unexpectedly this week. At this time I am unable to form coherent sentences, so with her permission, I am reposting it below.
If you read my blog regularly, you know one of my best friends is Amy whose blog is Crunchy Domestic Goddess. In the last post I wrote about my friends who I have been friends with since our children were born. Amy is one of those friends. I’ve written a lot about Amy over the past few years. She has been there for me in every way possible and then some when I was fighting cancer, going through a divorce, and dealing with my mom’s sudden illness and death.
I received some heartbreaking news from her yesterday morning. Her younger and only sister, Carrie, was killed in a car accident Monday night. She was returning from visiting friends in the mountains, the roads were icy, and the weather was bad. Carrie lost control of her car and was hit head on by a truck. She passed away instantly.
Over the years I’ve gotten to know Carrie too and she was always a joy to be around. She had a beautiful smile, and I can’t recall ever seeing her not smiling. She helped all of us out with our kids when she could. For our surprise going away party for Julie, just weeks ago, she watched several of our kids, so we could have an adult party. She was a terrific aunt to Amy’s two children, and she was an amazing sister to Amy.
When I first heard this terrible news, I started to cry, and cried all day off and on. So did my friends. We are all in such disbelief, shock, and grief. Carrie was only 31, had recently finished law school and had a job advocating for people with disabilities. It is tragic her life was cut so short.
I visited Amy briefly on Tuesday, and it is not often I am at a loss for words. But I was, and still am. I wish there were magic words I could say to make this terrible situation go away. Nothing anyone can say or do will bring Carrie back to her family, or ease the pain and anguish Amy and her family are in.
I think about my friends, and my own two sisters and brother. While losing my mom was awful, in some aspects I think it is more “natural” than losing a sibling so early in life. Parents age- our siblings and friends are supposed to live long lives, and certainly not die in terrible freak accidents.
And it brought back many feelings of my mom’s death- again. All the feelings- the intense pain, and the sense of helplessness. I had a few friends who told me they could not attend my mom’s funeral service, because they had lost a parent, or a loved one recently. I understood, and could imagine how they felt, but didn’t really “get it.” Sadly today, I do. And part of me wants to forget this happened and not think about it death, dying, accidents, funerals, moving on after a loved one is gone, what to say or what to do, anymore.
There will be a service for Carrie on Saturday, and I am going to attend. It meant so much to me to see the people who had come to say good-bye to my mom with my family and I, and Amy was one of those friends who was there for me on that very hard day. I hope I can be strong and be a help and a comfort to Amy and her family instead of a hindrance while I try to keep control of my own feelings and emotions about my mom.
I wish I had some clever way to wrap up this post, but I don’t. Death leaves more questions than answers. The only thing that does seem to help is time.
To Amy and her family: My deepest sympathies, and may Carrie rest in peace.
Carrie & Amy, May 2010