Sometimes you just don't know what to say.
I'm usually quiet about personal prayer requests and private griefs and difficulties, but I wanted to mention this. Mary Ellen Barrett and her family could use our prayers as they grieve a loss I've not known and can't begin to describe.
I've known Mary Ellen via the internet for a number of years now, and last summer we had the fun of meeting in person. Mary Ellen loves the Rosary and I used her description of a family's "athletic Rosary" in my book. She's a fellow Catholic mom, homeschooler and writer.
And now I just don't know what to say after the heartbreaking loss of their son. Just an expression of deepest sympathy, and a promise of continued prayers.
Here are some links from those who can say it better than I:
from Alice Gunther
from Mary Ellen's friend Chris, regarding donations that can be made in Ryan's name and memory
A Facebook page in Ryan's memory