A time to remember those who have lost loved ones
A NEW year has begun, so let us spare a thought for those who have lost loved ones.
One such family who will be immersed in grief and pain is the Sukhraj family from Shallcross who lost their little girl, Sadia, in a hijacking last year.
The torment and the wait continues unabated as the court will reveal this year whose bullet killed the child.
Shailendra Sukhraj shot at the fleeing hijackers with his daughter still in the car. It is human nature for conjecture and scuttlebutt to brew, but who are we to judge?
Perhaps the child’s parents can find some solace in a book written by Dr Adam Mohammed, titled Journey into the Unknown, which tells the story of how he and his wife coped with the death of their three daughters, killed in a motor vehicle accident, in a car he was driving.
I quote from the forward of the book: “This is a story of how two people cope with a calamity of epic proportions and emerge severely wounded but unbowed. One can only marvel at the dignity with which they both handled their grief. Through it all, they retained their sanity and maintained a saintly decorum – a salutary lesson to all who experienced immense grief.”
Grief is a journey, not a destination. You have a choice – either agony in which you go back and try to re-assess the past or you can re-invent your lives and move forward.
Winter always gives way to springtime. Your storms will pass and your winter will thaw. Through your unwavering faith in God, you will be cleansed of your painful burden.
A TRUCK stuck on a remnant of the Morandi highway bridge in Genoa, Italy, which collapsed in August last year. A reader suggests South Africans should devote 2019 to rebuilding bridges.