I am remembering my son J. Christopher Basile today. It was one year ago today that Chris was taken from us.

There is a place in Human Experience where three terrible things can sometimes come together. When people must deal with serious mental health issues and addiction while living with a very serious, often fatal, chronic disease, it can be very bleak indeed. Few survive having to drink that dreadful cocktail.

I’m remembering my son today and everyone who must deal with serious, multiple challenges in life. The painful truth is that the odds are stacked against them.

Chris had so many wonderful qualities. But, at the same time, a lot of things that pulled him in a dark direction. He was very human. He was my son. I loved him dearly in this life and will in the Life to Come.

Go forth, O Christian soul, from this world, in the name of God the Father, who created you; in the name of Jesus Christ, who suffered for you; in the name of the Holy Spirit, who walked beside you. May your rest be this day in Peace, and your abode in the Dwelling Place of God. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Commendation of the Soul

© 2023 Benjamin Lawrence Basile

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

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