An open request for prayers for a family that is much in need of them

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

I will spend the next few days with tears in my eyes and the sadness for this family will remain in my heart.  I don't know if you read my post just about six weeks ago about the sad news that my town had lost a soldier.  Erica was a beautiful young woman, and she left behind a husband, grieving parents and grand parents and a brother.  This is one of those times where I have to dig deep inside my soul to find the place to remain strong in my faith because it's one of those times I have to say out loud, "How much is one family expected to have to live through". 

And when such a loss has touched you personally at some point in your life you feel it much deeper and greater for others.  In the spring of last year when my sister in law lost her 18 year old son in a traffic accident and then just weeks later lost her home in a fire, it was so close and so personal and left my heart so raw.  Then last fall when Missy Caulk lost her son and granddaughter in short span of time not only did I weep for her loss, I spent another week crying jag over the loss of Hunter and I knew that I felt a kinship that mostly went unspoken over the grief the Caulk family experienced.

Last night I found out that Erica's father passed away of a heart attack (they believe), there will be an autopsy.  His mother in law said he died of a broken heart.  I talked to him at Erica's service.  While heartbroken he was a man of faith and I'm sure he is happy to see Erica again.  But for the family that remains an additional sadness and burden of grief that seems so unfair and heavy to carry.  There are sad details that I will not share here, but please, please if you pray say many prayers for Charles Alecksen.  He is just 16 and my heart aches so for him.  And for Erica's mom and grandparents and the rest of their family. 

Life does and must move on when there is loss.  I would love for your take away from this message to be to NEVER miss an opportunity to tell and show those people in your life that you care about how much you love them.  Lars Aleckson was only 51 years old.  My nephew was just 18.  Erica was just 21.  We are never promised tomorrow so we must love today.  Pick up the phone and tell someone in your family that you love them.  If they are close enough get in your car and drive over and do it in person.  We must love today.




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Cheryl Thomson REALTOR Army Ret
United Real Estate (703.216.5635) - Prince William, VA
Associate Broker in Northern Virginia

Yes Tammy, I will, being a retired vet I know the pain. Losing a loved one for anyone is hard. It was nice of you to take the time to write about that family. My deepest sympathy.

Aug 29, 2012 04:08 AM #2
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Tammy,

That is good advice and I know just who I'm going to call. Your prayer request will be answered:).

Aug 29, 2012 04:08 AM #3
Sharon Denning
Momentum Marketing - West Richland, WA
Marketing that gets it SOLD

Putting them in my prayers. 

Aug 29, 2012 04:09 AM #4
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Tammy, I am so sorry for this loss. We should never take for granted our family and friends or miss an opportunity to hug them and tell them we love them.

Aug 29, 2012 04:10 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Oh Tammy, how sad, very sad. I will keep your friends in my prayers. This is a beautiful tribute to love and loss, and no one ever knows what tomorrow will bring.

Aug 29, 2012 04:47 AM #6
Jim Franzen

Lars was my high school friend.  I have been so sad by events and today has been really sad losing Lars.  I can't even imagine the grief and struggles going on right now.  Bless you for the prayers, someday we will all be together and free of these sufferings.


Aug 29, 2012 05:13 AM #7
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

It's just overwhelming that this family has suffered so much.  It just puts everything in perspective.  Sometimes we whine about such stupid nonsense and then something just pulls us back to reality.  Lot's of prayers for you and the family.

Aug 29, 2012 05:13 AM #8
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

What a sad story! You are right, we don't know what tomorrow brings so make sure you tell your loved ones how you feel about them today.

Aug 29, 2012 05:31 AM #9
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Jim- it is my hope that the family can feel the love and prayers from this community.  All across this area our community reached out the them for the loss of Erica and it's my great hope others will do the same as I intend to be a source of prayer and support for them in the loss of Lars.  

And to my friends from ActiveRain, thank you and bless you for the prayers you send up.  And please live every day as if it were your last.

Aug 29, 2012 05:34 AM #10
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA

Oh Tammy - this brings tears to my eyes - and yes, sending prayers.  Thanks for the reminder to always treasure every moment we are given with those we love.

Aug 29, 2012 09:37 AM #11
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


That is so tragic ...I can't imagine a family having to suffer through such a heart-breaking double loss.

Aug 29, 2012 10:14 AM #12
Larry Story
Total Care Realty - Greensboro, NC
Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate


I am so sorry for the Aleckson family and being that Lars was 51 and that I turn 52 tomorrow it is a point that strikes home.  I remember the Caulk family tragedy and we all felt a kinship and community wide sense of grief for their losses so close together.  My prayers go out to that young man and will hope that he can find his way through this grief.

Aug 29, 2012 10:59 AM #13
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Tammy, such heart-break ... it hits close to home. I'll keep them all in my thoughts and wish them the strength to take it day by day.

Aug 29, 2012 11:02 AM #14
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Larry- I have often said, "I can't imagine", but when it's close and you watch someone you love suffer the deep grief you can imagine and feel.  Thank you for your prayers and I hope he will too

Andrea- Erica was an MP as was my Donald when was in the Army so it was very personal for me to loose her too.  Thanks for the warm thoughts.

Aug 29, 2012 11:25 AM #15
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Thanks for sharing this story.  I will be giving them all my prayers, and, for you, too.  You have a heart of gold.

Aug 29, 2012 10:25 PM #16
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Ron- my heart has been counting my blessings a lot.  :)  Thanks.

Aug 30, 2012 12:10 AM #17
Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN - Murphy, NC
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

It is so hard to hear and see the loss of a loved one and the grieving family, friends and community that will miss them so much. We are blessed to be able to lift others up in prayer and comfort those in need though and our prayers go out to you and this family of another great loss.

Aug 30, 2012 06:10 AM #18
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Tammy, thanks for taking the time to share with us all this grief that this family must be feeling. I will pray for them.

Aug 30, 2012 06:53 AM #19
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

I will share the information with my prayer group, thank you for the request.

Aug 30, 2012 09:49 PM #20
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

For all the prayers for this family I thank you all so much.

Aug 30, 2012 10:53 PM #21
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