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An Unforgettable Sad Day|روزی غم انگيز وفراموش نشدنی


Story By: Laleh Chini

Bushehr is an important port of the Persian Gulf. It has beautiful sandy beaches that attracted tourists back in the day who would come to see beautiful views of the Persian Gulf.

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Fridays are the “weekend” in Iran. We had family gatherings and picnics every single Friday.

One Friday we went to the beach. As we spread the picnic set, a family came near us and settled there.

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They had three sons close to our age so all the adults and kids quickly became friends.

 

They were from the capital of Iran and had recently moved to Bushehr because of their second son’s health condition. The mother said that their second son had severe Asthma, and doctors had suggested that living near the sea would help calm it. Both parents were teachers, they had started teaching in Bushehr and everything was going very well for them. Their son hadn’t had any asthma attacks since their move.

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Us kids went closer to the water to dig some holes. We watched them get filled with water as each wave came in. Then we all went for a swim. We stayed very close to the shore as we were kids and our parents watched us every second.

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The weather was good and the beach was very crowded. We were starving after swimming for a while so we came out of the water to eat. After a few seconds, we heard a very loud scream from the mother of the three boys.

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The second son with asthma wasn’t back with us. We really didn’t notice. Our parents rushed to the water to find him. The crowded beach got very quiet and every other parent came to help to find the boy.

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All the men walked straight to the water with clothes on to see if they can find the boy, and all the women were praying and biting their fingers looking into the sea.

Unfortunately, they found the boy’s body. They laid him on the sand and tried so hard to bring him back but it was the end of his journey.

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That was the first dead body I saw in my life. Sadly, it was that of a preschool boy. A new-made friend the same age as me.

 

 

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145 comments

  1. Truly melting
    My condolences
    Let the boy s sole rest in peace
    Anyhow it’s very difficult for his parents to come out of their loss.
    None can fill his space.

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  2. I am so sorry you had to experience such a tragedy as a child, and I am also so sorry for the child who was lost and for his family. I have seen the waters of the Persian Gulf, and they are absolutely beautiful. Perhaps that young boy’s life ended with the knowledge that he was surrounded by such beauty, and that gave him a sense of peace. Thank you for your post – my heart goes out to you. ❤️

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  3. Oh what a sad story I can’t imagine how hard it was for his parents. Truly a bitter memory.

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  4. What a terrible tragedy. Did this make you feel frightened of the sea?

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  5. this is so sad. ): thank you for sharing and giving us the opportunity to send our prayers out for him.

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  6. A heartfelt share, thank you. May the Boy Rest in Peace.

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  7. Danger lurks at the beach when we are not watchful…

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  8. Tragic and heartfelt, Laleh. Their move to improve his health led to his death. No parent should lose a child so young.

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  9. How terrible for you, the other children and most for the parents. I think that there is nothing as terrible on this earth than losing a child… ❤

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  10. How tragic for the family! Was your family able to remain close to them? I hope your family, and theirs, were offered loving support in that time of need.

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  11. The loss of a child is a grief that never goes away. A hole in your heart that carries their name will always remain. In time, you will learn to live with that loss, but you will never be the same. “Acceptance is not about liking a situation. It is about acknowledging all that has been lost and learning to live with that loss.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. This experience must have been extremely traumatic for you as a child. Thank-you for sharing this sad memory.

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  12. Hard to read the conclusion !! Condolence to the family and wish no one sees and faces such circumstances

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  13. Hmm truly heart-wretching! And to experience such…. May he rest in heavenly peace. Thank you for sharing these impacting & life changing stories, that all teach us on how to be more grateful and thankful to God for life.

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  14. that’s very sad! 😦 Did that give you a fear of the water?

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  15. Too sad but he has long since moved on, shocking for his family and all those on the beach that day! And more so for you as a pre-schooler to witness such a tragic event. It sounds like you still relive it but his grief is gone, time for you to move on …

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  16. Very sad and moving story… Feel for you & the child’s parents

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  17. What a tragedy, the poor mother; she must be heartbroken!

    Father, a prayer for Your peace and comfort for the parents of the little boy. It doesn’t make it any easier for them, but this little boy is safe; within Your loving embrace! Amen!

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  18. Laleh Khanum, literally my heart sank, reading the end of the story. I believe it is the most horrible experience to loose a child an I hope the family has found peace with it’s loss.

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  19. Sad indeed. It must have been very traumatic for all.

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  20. A poignant story, Laleh we can all learn from. The greatest lesson is in what is not written but imagined. You set the scene perfectly.

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  21. There’s this idea that losing a child is the absolute worst thing that can happen …..

    I had read this post and i am sharing it with you …

    How to talk to a parent who is in grief. From someone who’s been there :

    https://www.mamamia.com.au/ten-points-i-wish-every-person-knew-about-the-death-of-a-child/

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  22. So sad. I’m sorry that you had to experience something so heartbreaking so early in life. x

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  23. How sad to hear dear. ❤️✌️

    BY FOR NOW

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  24. Terribly sad and distressing

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  25. So sad Laleh. I can feel your agony remembering this

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  26. The sea is quite merciless. Such horror! 😢

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  27. A truly tragic story. Heartbreaking.

    Couple of minor edits for you:
    “port [in] the Persian Gulf”
    “teachers[;] they had” [add a semicolon to correct a comma splice]

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  28. This was heartbreaking!

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  29. It’s heartbreaking, the way the little boy ended his life. Life isn’t always fair, isn’t it. It can be so harsh sometimes. Thank you Laleh, for sharing the story with us ❤️

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  30. How sad. It’s difficult to press like button on this post. But I think you’re doing the right thing by writing about the sad day.

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  31. What a sad experience. I feel sorry for my parents. They moved to death. The sea was to help and the child took it. You have lived a lot in your life.

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  32. This is terrible. 💔 so heartbreaking 😔

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  33. That’s heartbreaking!

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  34. So sad, the nightmare of every parent. Thank you for sharing this personal story, and thank you for the pictures from Iran, a country I don’t know (yet)

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  35. So sad and heartbreaking!

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  36. Oh my goodness, that is not what I had expected to read. The poor little boy. Such a tragic thing to have happened, so very unfair. Absolutely awful for the family, and for you too with going through that experience, I’m so sorry. x

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  37. That is so sad. I’m so sorry.

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  38. My condolences, heart & prayers to the family. May God comfort & continue to strengthen each of them

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  39. This is just heartbreaking. My sympathies go out the family.

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  40. Reblogged this on Tourism Observer and commented:
    Sorry you lost a friend at such a tender age

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  41. Sorry you lost a friend at such an age. Was it an accident or carelessness on the part of parents?

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  42. what a bad story and i think cchildren to never forgot it

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  43. “But it was the end of his journey.” That’s a good way to accept death for what it is. I hope he & his family found peace. I imagine that was very traumatic for you, and I hope you (and your family) found peace with that memory too.

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  44. Sad story. I feel sorry for the family.

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  45. What a bad day for that parent. A great lost

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  46. Very sad story. RIP. You must have felt so bad

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  47. A heart wrenching story. Must have been pretty devastating on all, that day. May his soul rest in peace

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  48. Wat een nare ervaring moet dit voor je geweest zijn.

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