June has been a bit of a rough month. I knew things weren’t looking good for my friend Keith. If I thought about it too much, I’d randomly start crying in the middle of the day. A sweet wife having to make it on her own, three darling kids having to grow up without their dad, and Keith powerless against the cancer. I tell my kids all the time that Life is not Fair, but that’s when they are whining about something trivial. This just sucks.
Keith passed peacefully Sunday night. As one friend on the family facebook page put it, “Earth’s loss is Heaven’s gain.” I can’t think of anyone more well-prepared to meet his Maker than Keith. Keith is an upstanding, honest, humble, faithful individual who has an uplifting influence on those around him. I, like many many others, am trying harder to be a better person because of his Christ-like example.
Three weeks ago, I woke up around 1:00am just heartsick for the family. I couldn’t sleep for about an hour, but when I did I dreamed of Keith healthy and happy. It would’ve been nice to have thought that meant Keith was going to recover, but I was pretty sure it meant that he’s going to be just fine on the Other Side. When we broke the news to our kids, my 9 year old said, “Keith was always smiling. Even when he had cancer, he was always smiling.” This sweet family is full of strong spirits and I know they will be reunited one day.
Dear Readers, if you don’t have any beliefs of where you will go when you die, I challenge you to find something to believe in. Yes, death is not fun, losing a big part of your life is awful, missing someone can be unbearable, but knowing where they are going and knowing there is more to Life than just all this helps make things a little bit more manageable. I know, and I know that Keith’s family knows, that family bonds can extend beyond the grave and in that we all find joy and comfort.
Till we meet again.
Thank you Jessica! Your picture is beautiful! They are such an amazing family! I, too, have been heartsick for them all, but how lucky for heaven to have Keith!
I am deeply saddened by this news. Prayers for you and his family and loved ones!
Your touching tribute made me cry all over again. A wonderful insight into the reality, that Life is Not Fair, whatever the challenges. However eternal perspective has many joyous promises.
Ditto! I hope I can become like Keith. I too know that that there is a God in heaven who loves us. Our relationships with our family can continue in the next life. A friend of mine said that life is fair, but it is not equal. None of us can escape trials.
Thanks for that great message! I am related (only by marriage, not me but my sister) in some way to the campbell family and they have always been such a fun loving, spiritual, close family and I love all of them. This has been a bitter sweet week and I know he is in a much better place. As my other sister posted on FB, the heavenly choir just got their bass.
I did not know your friend Jessica but he sounds amazing! This post brought me to tears! What a great guy and it sounds like an amazing family. Your support and friendship is one of the most touching things I have read in long time. Thank you for reminding me of eternal families and that there is life after this.
What a beautiful tribute. I worked with Keith for a short time. He always had a smile and kind word for everyone. Rest in Peace Keith. See you on the other side.
I was so touched by your tribute to my nephew, Keith, and his amazing family. Your pictures are SO beautiful and inspired. The professional time you took with this family and all of your personal thoughts and prayers in their behalf will be treasured for generations. Your beautiful spirit shines through, and is an example for all.
Thank you all for your kind words and for taking the time to comment here. Thank you for all your love and support for this family!