Difficulty multiplied in tragedy

Mar. 26, 2014 @ 11:24 PM

Debris and remains of the plane from 77 years ago were never found. We simply know that Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean trying to fly around the globe.

Aviation technology has advanced since then. And yet, nearly three weeks after Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, we know little else. Possibly, there was a positive break in the search on Wednesday. But odds are long for survivors and only increasing if the plane is confirmed to have went down in the Indian Ocean.

Skeptics, especially the Chinese, haven’t fully accepted Malaysia’s word on that aspect.

We are left to grieve for the victims and their families. And doing so is even tougher under the circumstances.

Losing loved ones suddenly is among the most difficult of life experiences. We say we wish to live to the fullest, to go through without any regrets, to find joy and happiness in all that we do.

We know there are lows and highs, along with a lot of the mundane. We meet and grow relationships with many.

The families are hurting. They’ve known the victims of this terrible tragedy the longest. But there are friends and acquaintances, many more which have connections in ways large and small.

Without warning, without a chance for a final word to each other, they’re now gone.

Understanding how someone can be taken from us so suddenly and quickly takes care of a part of our mind as we mourn. When death comes near us, we tend to have questions. When we know how or why, there’s less to sort out.

In this case, however, there is a question mark bigger than the areas being searched since March 8. Nobody is certain of what happened to the Boeing 777. And along with the many emotions of grief comes one of frustration, not because of the loss, but because of the inability to comprehend why it happened.

Even if the wreckage or its site is found, we still may be waiting a long time on all the answers.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.