Daily Prompt: Dearly Departed

Write your own eulogy.

I find today’s Daily Prompt a bit on the morbid side. I will write an eulogy for my brother instead.

Tony was taken from us at a very young age. His death was sudden and shocking, to say the least. He was only 6-years-old, full of love, and had a lot of life yet to live. Being the oldest, I felt responsible for him. I cannot go into details of the day he died. There is still a lot of grief, pain, and guilt. Tony was taken from us by an accidental shooting.

We don’t understand why he was taken from us so soon. He had just started 1st grade. His passing and the circumstances surrounding his death has left the entire family grieving. We will probably never get over the events that unfolded on that December day.

I know my grief and guilt. I’m sure that other family members still know theirs. Losing Tony is something that we will all carry with us. I’m sure that he smiles down on us everyday and I look forward to the day that I can smile back. Forty years has not eased the pain.

There is a song I would like to play in remembrance of my brother.
Anthony Lamar Beam
4 June, 1966 – 3 December, 1972


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  1. I lost my sister to cancer four years ago but even as adults the loss of a sibling is devastating. There are always so many things left unsaid…left undone. I think of her every time I see or hear something I think she’d appreciate but she’s not there to share it with me. I try to impress on my kids how important it is to ‘keep up’ and get together for a laugh or two every so often because, well, you never know.
    To lose someone at any age is sad but when it’s a child it’s simply tragic.


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