Five years ago, on August 7th, 2009, my cousin Christopher went to Heaven at just 17 years old. I can’t explain what I felt that day, or what I continue to feel each year on August 7th, but it’s a feeling unlike any other.
Just a few hours later, my mom ran upstairs with the phone yelling, “Christopher’s in the hospital!” When I heard that, my heart dropped, although i didn’t think anything bad happened to him because you never think anything will happen to the people you know or love. I asked my mom if she wanted me to go to the hospital with her, and she told me that everything would be okay, so to just stay home.
Once I got the permission to go into the room to see Christopher, I walked in and went straight to my aunt to give her a hug, and then she said the words, “he’s not going to make it.” The world stopped at that moment. I was frozen. I had no idea what to think or say. As I turned to where he was laying, where the life support machine was breathing for him, all of our childhood memories circled through my mind, and i broke down. I couldn’t believe what was happening. The sound of that machine became the loudest sound in the room, and it’s a sound that will live with me for the rest of my life. I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that he and I were texting each other just 4 hours ago, and then there I was, standing at the edge of his death bed, hoping and praying he would just open his eyes.
That night, Christopher’s little brother James came home with my parents and I, but he was so young then, that he just thought Christopher hit his head, went to the hospital to get looked at, and was now just “sleeping.” So we had to pretend (until the next day) that he was completely fine. It was one of the quietest car rides I’ve ever had.
Christopher was in a form of a car accident, nothing I will go into too much detail about, but to clear up confusion, there was no alcohol involved. Without knowing the proper information, the media went ahead and stated that he was “car surfing,” but that was not the case at all. It was said on various news channels, and online news articles. Years later, I have come across comments on some of the online articles written about the day Christopher passed, and I cannot believe how many heartless people there are in this world.