Thursday, December 11, 2014

Heartfelt Wishes for the Families of MH370


One of the first posts I wrote for this blog (Flight MA 370: Hidden in Plain Sight?) was about a Malaysia Airlines plane which just mysteriously disappeared last spring.  On March 8th, MA 370 (MH370) and all 12 crew members and 227 passengers aboard just vanished. That was nine months ago.  We still have no idea of what happen to the plane or the passengers. There are all sorts of theories about how and why the plane crashed ... or if it even did. The investigation continues, but there are still no answers.

My heart goes out to the families and friends of the people who disappeared with that plane.  I cannot imagine what it is like for them - to have no answers.  No closure.  Still unsure of whether or what exactly to mourn. I did not know anyone on the plane, yet I find this mystery unsettling.

Important occasions like major holidays can very hard in times of grief.  At a time when everyone else is celebrating, feelings of loss can be overwhelming.  Holiday traditions, usually enjoyed with family members, become just an additional reminder of what is lost. Birthdays, anniversaries, special events, and holidays that have occurred since the plane disappeared have no doubt been painful for the people whose loved ones were on that flight.  

I hope that the people with personal connections to the passengers of flight MA 370 know that the world has not forgotten them.  That we still wonder what happened.  That, until proven otherwise, we hold on to a little glimmer of hope that, even with diminished possibilities over time, they somehow will be found.


 I hope they know that we have not forgotten, that we still want to have hope, and that our hearts also desire the answers that they seek. I wish them peace.

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8 comments :

  1. A beautiful post. My heart goes out to them - and to all the other families who wrestle with mysteries. Tragic absences.
    The happiest season of the year is very, very difficult for so many people, for a range of reasons...

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    1. I agree, EC. It can be so hard for people feeling sad, at a time when everyone is expected to be happy.

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  2. I can't imagine what this horror has done to the families of the missing.

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    1. I can't either, Delores - I have thought about them often.

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  3. It's sad, because the media moves on to the next big story, and these poor people have been forgotten. I think about them often - how horrible to not have any answers. Thanks for the great reminder Susan!

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    1. Our world sometimes feels so small - it just seems unbelievable that a whole plane and all the passengers could just disappear!

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  4. It's the not knowing, isn't it? Like you I was deeply unsettled when this happened. I watched CNN and had my hopes raised and then dashed countless times. I knew no one on the flight and cannot imagine what the relatives are going through. They need answers. My Christmas wish -well my wish for them always - is that they get answers. Hopefully very, very soon.

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    1. I just can't imagine, the not-knowing. So very unsettling - less and less a possibility of a good outcome with the passage of time. But without an answer, how do you give up hope?

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