Grief Motherhood

To The Parents of The Missing Two-Year-Old on Vacation in Florida: Our Prayers Are With You

Written by Trish Eklund

A lovely family from Nebraska was vacationing in Florida, at The Walt Disney World Resort, having the time of their lives, when the unthinkable happened. Their two-year-old son was suddenly dragged into the lagoon by an alligator right in front of his mother, father, and four-year-old sister. The father followed the gator, trying to find his son, but was unsuccessful. Authorities have still not found the little boy. The park is helping the parents through this awful accident. Here is a link to The New York Times for more on the story.

I heard the news this morning, and my heart shattered for you. I immediately imagined my daughters at your son’s age, and I cannot fathom what you are going through. Her View From Home wanted to start a chain of prayers and kind thoughts from Nebraska, reaching around the country to you. You are not alone. All of us are crying with you, and praying for you and your family. May you find peace knowing you did everything you could for your sweet little boy. May you find comfort in the support of family, friends, and God’s love. May you feel an abundance of love, light, and support, drowning out the negativity coming at you from all directions. You are not alone.

About the author

Trish Eklund

Trish Eklund is a 40-something mom of two, a lover of words, a photographer of the abandoned, and a co-parent with her blended family. She has been a Nebraska transplant for the last 17 years. Learn more about Trish at her blended family website, and her photography website,, and the Huffington Post Divorce Page. Her abandoned photography has been featured on Only in Your State-Nebraska. Trish Eklund has an essay, Happy Endings, in the anthology, Hey, Who’s In My House? Stepkids Speak Out by Erin Mantz.

1 Comment

  • Holding up this family in prayer as they grieve the loss of their precious child. We are crying with them. Psalm 34:18 – The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.