We Live to Die

On Dec. 28, 2018 a mother walked into the ER waiting room and shortly after a doctor walked in and gave her the worst news of her life. The news no one wants to hear. I remember standing a few feet away from her, the doctor sat in front of her and said “I don’t have good news, your daughter has passed away and we don’t have a answer to what caused her death.”

The mother looked at him in disbelief and with confusion she said, “no no no your lying to me, who told you to tell me that?”

He responded “I wish I could tell you something different.” The look of disbelief in her eyes told me she was in shock and didn’t want to accept what was happening. The pain of a broken heart made her yell “why god why, I prayed to you and begged you to let her be ok.” “She can’t die. I need to die before her, you needed to take me instead.” All of a sudden you heard a silence and the grieving mother had fainted.

My brother walked into the room and hugged me and said “why did my wife die, why?” We hugged and cried I told him “we love you and were here to support your kids, you, and your in laws.”

The grieving mother is my brother’s mother-in-law, the grieving husband is my brother and the grieving kids are my nephew and niece.

The person that passed away is my beautiful sister in law Melissa Santamaria. She was a great spouse, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She was always supportive to her kids and husband. Everything she decided to do was always thinking for the best of her family. Her husband and kids were the center of her life. It was always family first for this beautiful angel, may you rest in peace.

Life can be as happy, sad, mad or stressful as we make it, but remember that it is also short. Enjoy it, love it, and value it because we’re here now and gone the next minute.

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