My cousin died at the age of 25. I hadn’t seen him in years. He’d always had health problems, including battling leukemia as a kid, but he still managed to be a little hell raiser. His last Facebook post was of him talking about enjoying the fact that he had two jobs, and was hoping his hard work would pay off.
Even when you’re not close to people – I was frankly just the older, distant cousin in Josh’s life – losing someone so young tears away at you. A void hangs where his future stories would have been created. Death is always painful for the living, but carrying the burden of a young death takes the light out of you. My stepmom said Josh didn’t suffer, and I guess that should be of some comfort. I just can’t help but be sad for my aunt, who can only be heartbroken behind losing your youngest son. I’m also sad for the little kid who seemed to always be in for the fight of his life. So little cuz, I wish you the peace this world couldn’t seem to offer you. Rest in Paradise.