Neighbors' Son, 15 -- What to Say?
Please keep me from saying something stupid or insipid in the face of this terrible loss.
My DH and I are Seniors. This young family has lived down the road from us for 10 years, but we seldom see them. We are not religious; they are Catholic. This boy is the eldest of four.
We saw police enroute to their home late last week, then heard from another neighbor that the boy died of asphyxia. According to the death notice he was a high achiever, a sunny and loving person who participated in something called Dreams For Kids -- aiding physically challenged youth. He seems to have been headed for such a bright future -- now never to unfold.
My heart is heavy for this family, but I haven't experienced the loss of a living child, and our only relationship is that of distant, cordial neighbors. I have made a contribution to the Kids charity as was requested in the death notice.