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Community support eased pain of grief
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Editor, I wanted to take an opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us over the last few weeks. The death of a loved one is never easy. However, the support of this community has helped begin the mending of broken hearts.
The kindness, love and support shown us has been unbelievable. Every prayer, thought, kindness, love and hands-on support has been a blessing. I do not want to mention names for fear of leaving someone out. However, certain groups must be addressed.
To the 911 staff, first responders and LRMC EMS crew, your quick response, efficient action and kindness to a hysterical family was unbelievable. To say it was a job well done is an understatement.
LRMC staff, administration and physicians, you are all family to me. It was such a comfort placing Allen’s life in your hands. Without you many family members would not have been able to say goodbye while he was alive. I know the difficulties you faced. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. To those who came in to cover shifts, help care for Allen, offer support while at LRMC and Memorial, this did not go unnoticed or unappreciated. To past and present staff who offered prayer, cards, food and coverage of shifts, again, thank you.
Thomas Carter Funeral Home, what can I say? Everything was perfect. You treated him as family, which made saying goodbye easier.
The members of the 874th and 175th EN Team and all of MATES, you humble me. The genuine outpouring of love can never be expressed or compensated. Walking with me through this situation is a godsend. I hope you all realize how special you are. I thank God for each and every one of you.
To Gum Branch Church and Pastor David Daus, we could not have made it without you. The food, organizing and cleaning meant so much. The comfort and prayers were needed. Brother David, what can I say? Your words were comforting and spoke to our hearts.
Taylor Creek, Lewis Frasier and Bradwell Institute schools have been great. We are fortunate to have such caring people in charge of our children. It is a relief to entrust my children to your care and not worry.
To the city and county employees and the public at large, I am overwhelmed by your support. Friends from the past and present, the Coastal Bank employees, parts store staff, eating establishments and strangers who happened upon us: To know your love is uplifting. It gives me and my children such comfort.
Lastly, my family, I hope you all know how much I love you. You are my foundation. Thanks for keeping me upright.
I read a verse I feel sums this up:
“It takes a special kind of person to care enough to take the time for others, to do whatever it takes to help someone out. For everything you have given ... thank you very much.

Sandy Wells and children
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