Just dropping by to say thank you for the comforting words, prayers and gifts you have sent. I am drawing strength from all of you as is my family. Tomorrow will be another hard day as we hold the service to say the formal good-bye to my wonderful son. He will always be in my heart but right now I just feel so raw. Next Sunday will be another rough day as it will be his birthday. The first of many firsts that we will struggle through. I ask you to please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we continue need the strength they provide.

I want to take a moment to thank Lori Gondelman for taking care of things I just can’t at this time. She can be reached at lori@frandanbolt.com for anything that can’t wait until I return.

I also want to thank the bloggers for keeping the book tours going.

I haven’t picked up a book since this happened but I hope to return next week with some reviews and other posts. Giveaways will be caught up then too. I thank you so much for your patience.


NATALIE 4Sunday morning at 3:30 we were awoken by a knock on the door. The police were there to inform us our oldest son Kristopher took his own life. He leaves behind he beautiful daughter Natalie, 2 sisters, a brother, Jeff and I, a grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

I will not be blogging for a few days and apologize for any commitments I may miss. I ask that you keep us in your prayers. There are no words that can express the devastation that I feel.

Many have already asked if there is anything you can do. The family as set up a memorial fund in his name to help with funeral expenses and for his daughter. If you feel moved to donate you can do so here.

I hope to be back soon.


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62 thoughts on “Heartbroken

  1. I am so, so, so sorry to hear this! My prayers are with you and your family. I can’t imagine your grief and loss at this time. Please know you are loved and we all want to give you hugs.

  2. I am heartbroken for your terrible loss, Lori. My thoughts & prayers go out to you & your family.

  3. So very sorry for your loss. Prayers coming your way. I lost an adult child years ago and the prayers and love surrounding me helped so much. Focus on whatever you need to do, everything else will still be here.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. Love to you and your family and extra for his sweet little girl. Take whatever time you need to grieve. We will all be here if you need us.

  5. Lori, I am so so so sorry for your loss. No words can express losing a child. My heart goes out to you and your family. That is my biggest fear. If I could reach through this computer, I would hug you hard and cry right along with you. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

  6. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I can’t tell you how awful I feel for you. God Bless.

  7. My heart is breaking for you. Whatever I can do to help, please let me know. If you need blog posts up, reviews, whatever, email me. Know that we are all holding you in our prayers and hearts.

  8. Lori, I so sad to hear this. My thoughts are with you. So many people love you and I hope you can draw strength from that.

  9. There are moments in life when you wish you could bring someone down from Heaven. Spend the day with them just one more time, give them one more hug, kiss them goodbye or hear their voice again. One more chance to say I LOVE YOU. Thinking of you, wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow. Someone so special can never be forgotten. Please know how much you are loved and how deeply your loss is felt by all.

  10. Lori and Jeff, I am so sorry for your loss. Please never again apologize for your emotions or the time you need for yourself. Take your time to do what you need to do and don’t worry about the rest of us. You need to take care of yourselves first because if you don’t you can’t continue to help others the way you always do.
    Hugs to you from ann Ehlenfeldt.

  11. Oh no! I cannot imagine how you must be feeling now! Sending condolences to you and your family and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. I am so sorry for you and your family. I cannot even begin to imagine what this must be like for you. If you need to talk with someone who had no vedtrd interest in how you behave or what comes out of your mouth, I am here. Xo

  13. So sorry for your loss, I will be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. Many years ago, my brother did the same so I know that there is little that can be done to lessen your pain. All I can do it hold you in a soft gentle vitual hug.

  14. My Heart is breaking for you. My deepest condolences go out to you and the family. My prayers flow for all of you.

  15. Oh, my. I am so very, very sorry, Lori. I pray God’s peace and love surround you and your family.

  16. Oh, Lori, I am so sorry to hear this. Please know that I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  17. Sending hugs to you. I wish I could be there to give them in person. Sending prayers for your family. You have been a help when I have felt down. I wish I could do the same for you. (rblerner@ptd.net)

  18. I was saddened to hear of your loss. You and your loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. I am so sorry. What a tragedy. I can’t imagine what you are going through. Stay close to the ones you love and know your friends are thinking of you.

  20. I am so very sorry ….. words alone can’t convey how sad I am to hear of your sons passing. Thoughts, prayers, and condolences to you and your family. Forget this blog for awhile, we’ll all be here for you when you return.

  21. So terribly sorry for your great loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  22. Lori – Marc and I were shocked to hear of your tragic loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Nothing can lessen the pain now. But we pray that in time the good memories of your son and the legacy of his beautiful daughter will help heal your broken hearts.

    ~ Cleo Coyle
    (Alice Alfonsi and Marc Cerasini)

  23. I am so saddened by the news of your son. I cannot even imagine your heartache. My you have the strength you need from family, friends and the dear lord to comfort you. So very sorry.

  24. oh Lori I am so sorry you are going through this it’s horrible and I wish I knew the words to make it ok, just know that we are there for you if you need us. I hope you find peace during this trying time. Our thoughts and prayers are going out to you and your family.

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