I thought my immediate family had lost enough for one year, with my mother's death in April and Hurricane Katrina later but 2005 has struck again.
This past Saturday my 16 year nephew simply died of unknown causes. He began moaning in his sleep and was not breathing. CPR efforts by us and the paramedics had no effect. I held his head in my hands as he took his last breath.
My sister and all of us are devastated. My nephew had been living in Texas with another sister and her family and was doing extremely well.
2005 will not be gone soon enough.