Human connections

Last week, over at Dark Central Station, I wrote a post about how social networking had become so much more social than I had ever expected. I was honestly surprised at how well I had come to know my virtual followers and friends, and at how connected I felt to them. This was driven home to me in a major way the other day when a writer acquaintance I’d made suffered the most devastating trauma imaginable…the loss of a child.

Almost instantly, I saw the virtual world come together for Paul and his wife, Jen, in a way that left me in awe. The outpouring of love and support reminded me of that very basic human connection we all share, one that transcends miles, time, and death itself, whether we’ve met face to face or not. A connection that compels us to reach out when we see another human in pain…and one that demands that we recognize another life lived, no matter how short.

A new soul entered our world at 9:22 a.m. on July 11, 2011. He was named Conor William Henry Shortt. He left again at 6:00 p.m. on July 14th. His father posted a tribute to him here.



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4 responses to “Human connections”

  1. S.L. Westendorf Avatar
    S.L. Westendorf

    What devastating news. Thank you for sharing, enabling more parents to reach out and offer support and condelences for their unimaginable loss.

  2. Laura Byrne Paquet Avatar
    Laura Byrne Paquet

    I’m so, so sorry to hear of your friends’ loss, Linda.

  3. Sarie Grobler Avatar
    Sarie Grobler

    It is so wrong that a parent must lose a child, I cannot imagine a bigger trauma a person can go through. Such sad news, so sorry to hear that this had to happen to your friend.

  4. Paul Anthony Shortt Avatar

    Linda, I only just saw this post now. Thank you so much for mentioning Conor.

    You are right. The way the online community has rallied around my wife and I has been amazing. We are eternally grateful for every kind thought and comment.

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