Raw Tragedy

Our neighbor, may she rest in peace, was just taken away in a frenzy of teams of caring, gift and life giving community workers.  Lights flashing, fire trucks, ambulance, police cars.  These people have some of the hardest jobs, being a funeral director I met my share of these amazing people.  I want to thank all of the support workers in the world right now.

No life could be given back tonight.

My heart is heavy.

In the moment unedited.


Flashing lights

Rushing, wrapping, strapping

Signal the end of life

Saviors rushing

In and out

Breath escaping,

 In and out

She yells

 She falls

Her breath escaping her too

They try,

Try so hard

To return the breath of life

But once the last breath is breathed

So begins the time to grieve






  1. tyler4turtles

    You have my heartfelt condolences, Jennifer. I am deeply sorry for your loss. May you and your neighbor’s family find closure in the company of friends and loved ones.

    • Jennifer writingsofamrs

      Thank you Tyler.
      I feel for the family and their loss. Community is important to me. I love my neighbors and my neighborhood. They keep it a safe and happy community for all of the families in our town.

  2. John

    I am sorry for your loss Jennifer. My wife worked at a major hospital before retiring, she saw plenty of what you describe and knew many of the EMS men and women. They are brave and caring souls indeed. God bless you.

  3. dcardiff

    Jennifer, my heart goes out to you, the families of the deceased, all the first responders and support workers.

    Having attended more than my share of funerals in the past months I know how much it means to allow the friends and families a place to grieve, and to observe the last wishes of the departed.


    • Jennifer writingsofamrs

      Thank you for sharing some of your experience with me. It seems the older we get the more we have to face and go through death as part of living.
      I appreciate your words of comfort and your taking time to express them.

  4. jadereyner

    A beautiful memorial poem – you seem to know just what to say at just the right time. A real gift. With condolences for the loss of a neighbour and friend and with all good wishes to her family. Thinking of everyone at this sad time – and given my circumstances, I can only agree with you about First Responders, Ambulance, Police and Fire Services. Their contribution is often overlooked as is their pain and what they must see on a daily basis. 😦

  5. 1WriteWay

    My deepest sympathies to your neighbor’s family and friends and to you for your loss. And thank you for the lovely poem and sentiment about first responders. A long time ago I suffered a horrible injury where I was working at the time. The firemen were the first to arrive and they were absolutely wonderful, providing me with medical care as well as comfort, until the ambulance could arrive. I had never known until then that fireman also responded to medical emergencies; naively, I had thought it was only fires. My good fortune that they responded to my need.

    • Jennifer writingsofamrs

      Thank you for sharing your story. Yes it’s amazing the things that go on in the world that we are unaware of, often until tragedy strikes.
      I’m glad to hear that you were well tended to and that you came out of it just fine.

  6. roweeee

    My condolences to you and your neighbours and also my thanks to all those beautiful caring people who work in our emergency services and hospitals. They are such special people. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  7. PapaBear

    Hi again, Jennifer,
    This really hit home. We lost my mother-in-law a month ago and, this, for my wife, was one of the most difficult partings, even when we thought we had prepared ourselves for it so well. Your last two lines really say it all.
    It may be unedited and short but it’s a great piece of writing. Abrupt and short quite often, most often, say things more clearly and with more feeling than long, flowered, and complex. Beautifully done.

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