We all have certain dates we will never forget. For me it’s the 30th of July. My day was going normal until I opened Facebook and read the post my best friend, Fran had posted:
With great grief I have to inform you that Tess De Plecker has passed away on the 30th of July 2016 in a car crash while she was traveling in Bolivia. I would have liked to tell you this in person, but given the current circumstances I have chosen this social medium to tell all Tess’ friends.
Fran De Plecker, sister of Tess
Immediately I felt my heart racing. My breathing got heavier and I felt lightheaded. I went downstairs and after a few minutes I told the news to my mom. I sat down and kept scrolling. My head was numb. I couldn’t think. I didn’t want to believe it. It got to be a mistake, right? She couldn’t be gone. After a few minutes I called my best friend. She was crying and I didn’t know what to say. I was waiting for her to say there was a mistake and she wasn’t dead. But she didn’t. It was real. This beautiful human being was no longer with us. Everytime I think of her my heart breaks. I can’t begin to say how beautiful and smart she was. Always helping people out, being there for her loved ones.
It’s so hard to see someone go you’ve known your whole life. It’s unfair that she had to go. She wanted to change the world and help the people in need. That was her dream. She had worked for that dream her whole life. Always enganging in projects to make a difference. She was truly an inspiration. Fran may be my best friend but I felt the same about her.
This past Friday was her cremation. It was a very sunny and warm day. My heart filled with love when I saw how many people had come to say a last goodbye. After the ceremony we made a last walk where her ashes would be bearried under a tree. It was truly beautiful.
The ceremony helped me realize that even though she isn’t fysically with us, her spirit will live through us. She will not be forgotten. At least not by me.