Dear Nell,It is with deep sadness that I’m sending you this email, to let you know that our good friend Ceejay passed away. The county Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the cause of death last May 2007. An autopsy found that he died of blunt force head injuries while surfing. He may have hit his head on an underwater rock. His body was found ten minutes after he dropped in the water. This is such a sad news …
God bless, Dwayne
The news came in an email, from a common friend back in college. I was simply shocked in disbelief, that I had to read the message again. Is this some sort of prank? An email sent to me by mistake? But as I sat down in front of my computer screen, it occured to me it was real. I don’t think anyone would make up such a joke, a bad joke. And after a brief conversation with Dwayne, it was confirmed— Ceejay is gone!
Sadness filled my heart and my mind wandered into thin space. Is this the feeling they call grieving? I remember taking a necklace out of a drawer, something Ceejay gave me couple years back from one of his surfing trips. I still have it to this day, though a bit worn out from using it all these years. As I was holding it in my hand, I felt remorse and emptiness. I wish I had kept in touch with this friend; a phone conversation, a postcard or an email maybe. But it’s too late for he has departed. And all I can do is cry, reminisce and pray for his eternal peace and for a sign that he’s pleased on the other side of the bridge.
Farewell, my friend!