Tuesday, July 8, 2008
In Memory of Sarah Becking 1972-2008
It is with great heartache that I write this update tonight. As many of you already have learned, my sister-in-law, Sarah Becking died yesterday. She was the perfect soulmate to Eric's brother Jason for so many years and the phenomenal mom to Adelaide,age 5 and Jack Thayer, age 3. I still cannot believe it as I type the words. I hope many of you check the blog soon so you can begin to pray for this wonderful family.
My heart aches terribly as I think of what Jason is going through right now. Eric has been with him today and we are all planning to go to Columbia tomorrow to be with the family. How short life can be. I am not really sure what to write other than please commit to pray for Jason, Adelaide, and Jack as they face this enormous loss.
Sarah was a kind and loving person, a free spirit, a fantastic photographer and a lover of life.
She was 36 years old.
Sometimes things happen that we just cannot wrap our heads around...and clearly this is one of them.
So please go love on the people you care about and make sure they know how important they are in your life. And if need be, get your priorities in life straight...We all have so much "stuff" we want to obtain in life....And then something like this happens and opens our eyes. Please do not let it be for only a moment.
There is nothing better than family and good friends.
I want to say thank you for the people who have already shown so much love to the Becking family. We love you guys and appreciate your prayers for Jason and the kids.
If you want to learn more about Jason and his family you can link on to the family website at www.becking.com. I am also attaching Jason's last words about Sarah to this post below.
The pic above shows Sarah doing her thing for old Mizzou.
So much love to you all
Chantelle & Eric
Sarah died yesterday afternoon, July 7, 2008, in Kenner, Louisiana. She was 36 years and 1 month old, and left us way too damned soon. She encountered more complications early that morning, which caused both lung and blood pressure difficulties. They were able to stabilize her a couple of times, but only briefly. Despite the fight she put up and the hard work of the nurses and doctors, we simply lost her too soon.
She was a loving wife, a great friend, had a happy spirit, saw the best in people, and was an outstanding mother. The kids and I are in Malden now, will be returning to Columbia tomorrow. Sarah’s mom and dad are en route to Columbia now to be with her brother and his family.
There’s simply nothing about it that seems fair or right, but I guess that’s why they call it fate. Perhaps the incident two years ago was simply a wake up call so we could fully appreciate these past two years, which we certainly did.
Arrangement planning has not begun, really, but I would expect services on Friday or Saturday in Columbia. I appreciate all the notes and phone calls of support and offers to help. I will clearly need help, as will the kids. They need their mom and I can’t do that.
I close this e-mail the way I’ve ended most phone conversations, go hug your friends and family.
Sarah loved you all, and I appreciate that love flowing back toward us now.