June 3rd 2012 has come and gone. On that fateful day, hundreds of promising individuals lost their lives in a go when the Dana aircraft crashed in Lagos. The nation mourned. Sister nations sent their condolences. Concerned countries sent in condolences too. The foreign and local media aired the unfortunate incident non-stop.
But the truth is, the families of the deceased still weep. While many have moved on from the news to more recent news; while companies have filled the positions these lost souls once occupied and moved on to generating income for their organizations; while the news has moved far away from some people’s memories; the wound is still very much fresh in the hearts of the families who lost someone.
It may have been three months, but it’s still like a few days for these people. Some even wish it were a dream that they would still wake up from.
I lost an in-law in that crash and every day I think of that day, I cringe. I was not close at all to her but that doesn’t mean I cannot weep for her. I was at her wedding and had mine just one month after hers.
I knew when she had her beautiful baby who clocked one this year just few weeks before her untimely death. I saw her again alive last year December, so yes! I have every right to feel every single pain I feel. Then imagine the sort of pain her dear hubby, siblings, daughter and very close relations feel. Mine is not even close to theirs.
While very many people went on with their lives, the family of this lost soul kept going to and fro just to identify and claim her body. Finally they did and she was laid to rest on August 22nd 2012.
It was a sad day as her friends, family, distance relations; acquaintances came in their numbers to bid her the final farewell. Her little baby girl was dressed in black to mourn her mother but her mind is far too tender to even comprehend what was going on. A really sad day indeed!
Life as we know it is very unpredictable. While we go about our businesses and pursue dreams, we shouldn’t fail to understand that our lives are not ours. We should strive to do good to all the people we meet; help out no matter how little.
Show love to all and most importantly ensure to always be in a good place with God. This is crucial because not one of us know the time death can come like a thief to grab hold with every ounce of its strength.
We hear news of death everyday and somehow it doesn’t faze us anymore since it has become so rampant. It is not supposed to be so. We should feel the sting of death every time we hear of someone’s death because it lets us know that death is not partial and chooses victims at random.
That thought should make us sober up and wish the soul of any departed peace while bringing us to the realization that every life including ours must end someday.
This article is not meant to scare us but to make us begin feeling the pinch even when we are not directly affected by death.
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