Tragedy Strikes a Fellow Frequent Flier; Please Help With a Simple Favor

B oth the step-daughter and seven-week-old grandchild of a fellow frequent flier had been killed by the father of the baby — and the father of the baby then turned the gun on himself.

This sudden tragedy left the frequent flier in question and his family in shock; and the reasons as to why this happened are unknown at this time.

Because he posted in a restricted forum on FlyerTalk, I do not want to reveal his identity; but he did place the following request:

The reason that I have made this post is that I hope someone might know of an online support group for parents of murdered children. I did a little search, but all I could find was lobbying organizations, the kind where they want you to pay $75 to have your child’s name added to an online memorial wall. I just don’t have the energy at this time to make the search.

You may ask why I am posting this at all – I find it is a little comforting to talk about the tragedy and my feelings about it. I’m by myself here other than a few cruising friends in the area, so I am seeking some support. If you know of some online support forums where I can share my story with people who have suffered similar tragedies, I might get some help in coping.

Tonight be sure to look at your children as you never had, and give them a hug on behalf of my wife and myself, our daughter, and her infant son.

Can you help with this simple request of finding a support forum on the Internet where this person can share his tragic situation with others who have unfortunately endured similar experiences? I do not personally know of any — so I am reaching out to you.

I have posted stories at The Gate over the years pertaining to individual members of FlyerTalk, hoping to be of help to them when they are in need or request assistance. This is one habit of which I have no plan to break — with the exception that I intend to also include fellow frequent fliers who are not members of FlyerTalk. We are a relatively small group of people who may have our differences at times — but when tragedy strikes, it is amazing what we can do together.

Please let me know where he can go on the Internet to help him through this horrible time; and I will pass this information on to him.

Thank you in advance…

…and please be sure to fulfill his other request: that you be sure to look at your children as soon as possible — as you never had before — and give them a big loving hug on behalf of his wife and himself; their daughter; and her infant son.

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