Rocco Santino Rossini

I've suffered loss in my life and some of it very deep but I think this last weekend was one of the hardest times in my life.  My nephew passed away January 1st from injuries sustained in an ATV accident and I am still in shock.  I think of my sadness and can't even pretend to comprehend the pain my sister, brother-in-law, nieces and their families are feeling.  I was honored to be a part of this past weekend and join in celebrating Rocco's life.  My sister asked me to do a reading during the funeral which I was completely honored to do yet very nervous.  The services were absolutely perfect and a beautiful tribute to Rockstar. The family that spoke about Rocco whether it was telling a poem, reading a letter, or giving the Eulogy were so wonderful!  He was only 9 years old but larger than life.  Dozens of times over the past week I've heard Rocco referred to as full throttle, larger than life, competitive, kind, compassionate, and passionate.  He touched so many lives as was evidenced by his services this weekend.  The church was overflowing for the funeral and his elementary school auditorium was standing room only during the Celebration of Life.  I wanted to share about Rocco for several reasons but one of the most important is to keep his legacy alive.  As I've stated Rocco had the biggest personality and impacted so many people.  To continue impacting people a scholarship fund was set up in Rocco's name.  

You can also watch a segment about Rocco from ABC 30.

July 27, 2006- January 1, 2016

It's very sad that it takes such tragedy to change your perspective.  I've held my girls tighter than ever this week and I've tried to relish in the little things.  I'm also hoping that I can help remind myself and others to find joy in picking up toys 504 times a day, in wiping tears and snot, and in having headaches from the constant noise.  These things drive us parents nuts but I'm sure my sister would kill to pick up one more army guy left on the floor.

God has a perfect plan and our time on earth is only temporary.  I'm certain that Rocco was sent to Earth as a gift to everyone he touched.  He now will be our guardian angel keeping us safe but also making sure we have laughter in our lives.

We will always miss Rockstar but hopefully always remember he was a true gift!

"Daddy please don't look so sad, 
Mommy please don't cry.
I am in the arms of Jesus
and He sings me lullabies.
Please do not try
to question God,
don't think He is unkind.
Don't think He sent
to you and that
He changed His mind.
You see, I am special
and I'm needed up above.

I'll always be there with you.
So watch the sky at night.
Find the brightest
star that's gleaming.
That's my Halo's brilliant light.
So Daddy please
don't look so sad.
Mommy please don't cry.
I am in the arms of Jesus.
And He sings my lullabies."

1 comment :

  1. My dear sweet sister thank you for loving me and honoring my beautiful boy. He was truly my little Rockstar. He brought so much joy and happiness into those 9 years of life it's amazing. What a beautiful tribute to him and our whole family. I miss him every minute of every day but i hope soon i can find the strength to smile, laugh and be joyful just as he was. The pain i feel is so raw and like nothing i have ever experienced but the love and kindness bestowed on our family is miraculous. There has been an outpouring of love and compassion from family, friends, classmates, and the whole community. There are no words to properly describe my gratitude. I love you, kevin, and the girls so much. Thank you for being my angel - sharla rossini