Whether we who have heard the tragic news of the untimely death of Jack Bland have a Christian faith, a faith in this life but not in anything further, or are among those who are unsure about any of this; we nevertheless share in common the real and overwhelming sense of loss at the death of a loved one.
Many people in Odiham will have their own experiences of Jack’s life and death, with different memories and different feelings of love, grief and respect, and yes perhaps even anger that the life of one so young has been tragically taken, in such devastating circumstances.
The sudden and tragic death of Jack has stunned and shocked our local community
Of course there are none more devastated than Jack’s closest family, Lorraine, Tim and Josh. The abrupt departure of Jack has created a deep void in the lives of these his closest relatives. Those who mourn need our support and consolation, and I am proud to say that the people of Odiham have shown their support of Jack’s family in such a positive way. Our community has really pulled together to provide the care, comfort and practical support a family needs in circumstances such as these. Whilst my heart breaks for Jack’s family at this shocking event, it also fills with pride at what a wonderful community Odiham is, and I feel blessed to be serving in this place as Vicar.
Whilst I do not wish to presume that everyone will be able to contribute, after all we are in difficult financial times; I think it would be good if we as a community could perhaps show our support of the family by having a collection in memory of Jack. Of course we don’t want to cause the family any embarrassment, and I think discretion in this matter is vital.
If you would like to make a donation, however big or small, could I suggest that you pop it in an envelope either with or without a card and post it through the Vicarage Letter-Box?
Thank you for being such a caring community, and thank you in anticipation of your continued kind support of Lorraine, Tim and Josh; I know they appreciate everything that everyone is doing for them.
With Every Blessing.