Anthony was not lost to cancer like his older sister Gloria was in 2007, but rather as a result of a freak accident in his home. Five years ago, Gloria's six siblings all had the chance to say their goodbyes to her in the hospital, but not Anthony. Last week he was there at home one second, in ICU the next, and now his family will be laying him to rest tomorrow. Their grief is overwhelming and how can anyone come up with words that can comfort such a tragic, sudden loss, or even comprehend it? I certainly can't.
I love the Strauss family and I loved Anthony. His nickname was "Amps" because he was so darn, wonderfully LOUD. He completely cracked me up. You never knew if he'd show up in army fatigues with a mohawk, or wearing a suit and tie. This young man had style.
|Energy? You bet, and Amps was only on his way to breakfast.|
|My son Miles took these photographs of Anthony's unforgettable entrance to the final camp dance last July.|
I won't be able to comprehend that Anthony is really gone until I see the Strauss family all together and notice that gaping hole between Joe and Sam. There is nothing in this world that will ever fill that void.
As it was five years ago with Gloria, and now with Anthony, healing can only be found with honor, remembrance and love.
Please keep Anthony and the rest of Strauss family in your thoughts and prayers...again.
|Gloria in 2007|
|Anthony last summer|
For those interested in supporting the Strauss during this time of such tremendous loss, you can visit www.gloriasangels.org