…death. I know it’s a guarantee in life, and that at one point or another, we will all go through the pain of losing someone we love. But it just feels so unfair sometimes , doesn’t it? Yesterday, here in Winnipeg, a 19 year old woman was driving across the Disraeli Bridge on what was a day of extreme winter conditions. And after a series of events, spinning out of control, being hit from behind, she crashed into the guardrail of the bridge. It failed her, and after teetering for a few moments, she went over and hit the ice below. Throughout the day, there were reports of her leaving the scene in unstable condition, and being in apparent stable condition at the hospital. So it was even more shocking when breaking news reported last night that she had died of her injuries. How utterly unfair, right?
It reminds me that 5 years ago on March 1st, two of our best friends were killed in a highway accident just outside of Plum Coulee, MB. The road conditions were bad, and they were heading home early before the worst of it hit. They were on a major curve in the road, lost control and hit an oncoming milk truck. The driver said he locked eyes with Eve as they approached, and that he’ll never forget the terrified look in her eyes. I saw the car after, and it’s hard to believe that two people were ever in it.
After the accident, I was obsessed with what happened in their final moments. Every detail was important to me. After all, it was the last moments of their life. The idea of seeing something coming and knowing what’s about to happen is horrifying. The idea that one morning you get an email from your friend, and that three hours later they are gone forever, is horrifying. And seems so unfair to me.
It seems I can’t come to grips with death, and am shocked every single time it happens, as if it was the first. After my Grandfather passed away 11 years ago, I remember thinking that death didn’t seem so scary anymore, knowing he’d be up there waiting for me. I still feel that way, and the thought still comforts me… but I’m older now, and have seen terrible things happen to good people.
Just had to get that off my chest. Praying big time for the family of the girl on the bridge yesterday…