Something I recently thought of is the “good” that can come from a sad situation. Truthfully, about 1 in every 20 people have been affected negatively from a homicide. You may not even be aware of a friend or co-worker that you interact with who may be very well grieving over someone who has passed from such occurrences. Let’s face it, people who are suffering and grieving do not walk around with “signs” that let it be known to the world of what they are going through…In fact no one does with anything, really.
So, I was thinking, and I have gained a new friend through something tragic. As I mentioned,many times before, a young woman I knew in high school named Amber Bass was killed in 2013 by a stranger that the public and family still does not know of. It’s a tragedy and I don’t think it’s something anyone will ever truly “get over” because well, no one should have to “get over” someone dying. Especially a murder. Through this event however, her sister Robin who actively searches and pleads for justice for her sister has become a person I have grown to know. I have a cousin who went to school with her, as I did with Amber, and this past weekend I had the pleasure of not only meeting Robin, but her family as well. She has two beautiful daughters and a very friendly husband. We all, including my cousin, went to the local farmer’s market on 1810 W Beaver Street. Although knowing and meeting Robin is due to the tragedy, in the end I now know someone I once did not. Same goes for Compassionate Families.
We can try to plan our life and think things will go as want, but the reality is that no one really has control. Even if you’re the safest driver, someone distracted or under the influence can ruin your entire life because of their choices. I’m not in any way happy tragic events occurred, but if I think of my optimistic side I now have a new found passion and love for a company I never even knew existed. Every person who works at Compassionate Families has been a victim of losing a loved one. I can’t say I relate on that level, but I hope to bring something to this team. I am very compassionate towards families who have to go through these things they did not plan for. Maybe the more I learn and grow I can share and help others. Sometimes it is better when a person understands and empathizes with a person but I know it’s also a really great feeling when someone who does not understand still wants to be there for another. I hope I never have to endure anything these families once did, but at least if it does happen in my life I know where to turn. Where I will go and direct everyone to in a time of need or love is one place, and that is Compassionate Families. Thank you Robin for allowing me into your life and thank you Compassionate Families for welcoming me with open arms.