Monday, August 30, 2010

Heartbreaking News: Nicole Grace John , Foreign Service Daughter

As you may have seen in the news by now, Nicole John, the daughter of US ambassador to Thailand, Eric John and Sophia John died from a fall in  New York on August 27.

Until it was deleted soon after her death, Nicole John had a blog in Tumblr.

We can remember what it was like when we were 17.  We are glad the blog is no longer available for everyone to read.

Some news dailies seemed to have mined part of her blog posts (before it was deleted) and also Ambassador John's official blog to string their stories together. Some of the comments online are sympathetic. A lot are unkind, and extremely judgmental both to the deceased and the parents suffering unimaginable grief and loss at this time. Best to look away, it'll only break your heart to read some more.

The US Embassy in Bangkok released the following brief statement: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the John family during this very difficult time. We ask that you respect their privacy as they mourn the tragic loss of their daughter Nicole."

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends:   

For all the joys this child will bring the risk of grief we’ll run.
We will shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may
And for all the happiness we’ve ever known, we’ll ever grateful stay.
But should the angels call him much sooner than we’d planned
We will brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand."

--from God's Lent Child, Author Unknown

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