I lost my brother, my only sibling, and Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region helped me to memorialize him. Five days before Christmas on December 20th, 2003 my brother Michael was killed in a car accident. He was only 21 years old. He only lived a part of his life, yet he experienced and did more with his time here than most people get to do with a full life.
Michael was a loving, caring person with a heart of gold. When he died a part of me died as well. I felt I had lost a part of my childhood and a part of my future. I was overwhelmed with sadness and feelings of hopelessness and it was then that I reached out to BFO for some much needed comfort.
I soon began attending their amazing memorial events. I needed to remember and honor my brother and let the world know how amazing he was and BFO helped me do that. For over 10 years now I have been attending BFOs most beautiful memorials such as the Tree of Bright Stars and the Butterfly Release/Walk to Remember.
Those events mean so much to me and I keep them very close to my heart. The Tree of Bright Stars became so meaningful to me that, several years ago, I became a committee member who helps to organize the whole event.
To everyone at BFO, especially Rose, I thank you. And to my brother Michael please know we will never forget you; we will keep loving you instead.
By: Christina Borutski-Dukes