I have typed and deleted this post so many times, I am not sure if I should say anything at all.
Death is one of those things no one likes to hear about. I seem to be a person who hears about tragedy either on the phone or over Instant Messenger. You would think I would steer clear of both.
Yesterday a close family friend died while trying to push his car off the road. He tried jumping out of the car while it was still rolling so that they could keep some of the momentum, and caught his foot somehow. When he fell, he hit his head pretty bad on the pavement and suffered a sever brain trauma. His mother decided that, rather have a son in a vegitative state, to turn off life support and donate his organs. I know this must have been hard on his Mom, but as she was a nurse, I doubt there was any hesitation in her decision.
While Greg was a couple years younger than me, he was the sort of guy whom everyone knew. He kept himself involved in choirs and drama ever since I can remember. He also worked at the local grocery store for as long. Living in a small town, it is pretty easy for everyone to know everyone, and I am sure he will be missed by all.
I have no doubt that he is in a better place. I don't recall him ever having a negative thing to say about others. He was a goof, and all around happy person. While I know we will be sad, I take comfort in the knowlege that he was better than this world.
I am grateful for my grief, for I think, the real tragedy would be in not knowing him at all.