It always seems like there will be another moment, but sometimes there’s not. Each day is a day full of opportunity. It’s not a cliche to say live into it.
Michael Christopher Black lived fully and now so very suddenly he is gone. Eight people have a new opportunity because he chose to be an organ donor and his parents very courageously honored that wish, as reported in The National Herald: https://bit.ly/2m4hRuA.
Now on top of the tremendous grief of losing a child the unwinding of a life suddenly curtailed is beginning – how to untwist the actions, intentions, and loose ends of someone fading so early in their stride?
These are the tasks now before Michael’s mother. There is hope for a future for his photography, for his unfinished business in California and Paris. There is gratitude for those on the island of Tinos who provided his remains with a place to stay where he was so happy.
I feel very fortunate to have seen Michael just before his recent journey to Greece to wish him well and ask for a safe return. Regrettably, not all wishes come true.
We are grateful for all you gave, Michael Christopher Black.
Michael Black tragically passed following a motorcycle accident on Tinos in September 2019. His organs crossed borders to provide new life to others.
Friends of his family have established a GoFundMe account to assist in this sudden and tragic reality. Visit https://bit.ly/2kLT8Lh for more information and to contribute.
Pamela Biery is a freelance writer living in Grass Valley, California. Learn more PamelaB.com