Blake Shelton is taking a break from being sexy to reach out to families who recently lost their teenage children. Shelton is no stranger to such tragedies. With his own history of loss, he sent a message to the families that is incredibly sensitive and beautiful.
The pain of loss
West Brookfield, Massachusetts. Three teens died in a motor vehicle accident in early November. 14-year-old Jaclyn Desrosiers, 15-year-old Christian Congelos, and the driver, 16-year-old Lena Noonan. The three passed away after their car went off the road, hit a tree, and rolled.
As the town grieved the loss of the three young souls, a country music star half a country away heard the story and felt their pain.
When Shelton was just 14 years old, his 24-year old brother Richie was killed in a car accident in their native Oklahoma. This was in 1990. Almost 20 years later, Shelton still remembers the pain of it.
After the story of the three teens’ death reached him, Shelton recorded a message for the families left grieving.
The message of hope
Thousands of miles away in his home state, Shelton recorded the message.
“Hey guys, this is Blake Shelton here. I’m out in the middle of the woods in Oklahoma. I was just made aware of the car accident and, man, it breaks my heart,” he began.
He continued, “I completely know how it feels; I lost my brother in a car accident and I can understand how you guys feel–it’s the worst possible feeling. It’s confusion, it’s anger, it’s just an overall brokenness. It’s just gonna take a lot of time to heal and if you can find comfort in anything, it’s just knowing that they’re all in a better place now and God has a plan.”
Blake concluded with, “I still miss my brother every day, and you’re gonna miss those guys every day. I just wanted to say I’m thinking of you and it gets easier, it just takes a long time. But just always honor their memory and never forget about them. God bless you guys. I’m praying for you.”
Certainly, it takes living such an event to truly understand the pain of it. And it takes the coming together of survivors to heal.