#ATOEpiphany: Death Has Pain & Purpose

ATO Epiphany / Breaking / Carousel / August 14, 2016
Name: Caroline Senion | City/Town: Willingboro | State/Province: NJ

Sincerely Syreeta: When did you have your #ATOEpiphany and what were the circumstances that preceded it?

Caroline Senion: Living life after losing my parents then finding out I had a sister who I looked like but never met…then finding out she passed away.

SS: My condolences to you and your family. What did you find to be most challenging or painful about this time in your life?

CS: Learning to live without two people I never imagined losing. [Having to] hear people complain about their parents in front [of me] not knowing [I] just wish [I] still had [my] parents…

SS: What did it teach you about yourself?

CS: I am able to get through any and everything that God throws my way.

SS: What did it teach you about life and people?

CS: It taught me that life is way too short and never think that your loved ones will live forever. Also: cherish those in your life because every single person has a purpose in your life.

SS: How did you get to the space where you could honestly say, “this happened…and that’s okay” without feeling any negative emotions (or at least significantly less)?

CS: I did what I loved to do: I wrote about how I felt and I asked God to guide me each day on what step to take next.

SS: What words of wisdom would you pass along to someone else that is experiencing something similar?

CS: The pain is only temporary, but God is Forever; let him help to heal you.

SS: Since having your #ATOEpiphany, how do you live your life differently now?

CS: I speak out on every situation I’ve experienced. I write more; sharing what I’ve been through hoping it helps someone else.

SS: In keeping with the idea that things don’t happen to us, rather for us: Why do you think that this may have happened for you?

CS: It happened to me to mold me to be able to handle what God has for me in the future–also to help those who don’t know how to get through hard times.

Death is a part of life…and that’s okay.

Photo credit: Krissy Sheehan

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