I am a member of a group of people who share a bond I am certain none of us want. We are a group of people who have outlived our children. I am a fortunate member as I know the fate of my child. I know where he is at rest. I have, at least, that comfort.

There are others, like the family of Michelle Parker, who do not have that comfort. They are among those whose loved ones are missing and they now have to stare at that empty seat at the table during each holiday spent with their remaining loved ones.

They cry in solitude. They hold out hope that by some miracle their loved one is alive and safe out there. They live in despair as each day brings the increased probability that their loved one will never return and their fate will remain unknown.

Far too many of this group are facing their first holiday season with that empty seat at the table. They hope and pray and despair.

Let us all pray that they find the answer they seek. Let us pray that their pain is eased as much as it can be. It is a pain that will never go away.

There are many who will at least share their pain with their surviving loved ones. They have their support group.

I suffer my loss of my loved ones in solitude. I have no support group for I am alone.

Stay Tuned



  • Angie says:

    You aren’t alone Murt, there are lots of people that think about you often and know you are a decent kind person. Happy Holidays to you my friend.

  • agranny says:

    Great Post Murt! Merry Christmas and Happy new year to you .May God Bless you and I pray the new year brings you happiness Love .. Agranny

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