Andrew Breitbart's Widow Is Facing the Unimaginable

The death of conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart is a tragedy anyway you look at it. The idea that a person could be only 43 and merely walking outside before dropping dead of a presumed heart attack shakes us all to the core. But, perhaps the biggest tragedy in all this is that four children and one 41-year-old woman have lost their father and husband.

It's an unimaginable tragedy for a young family, but especially for his poor widow Susannah Bean Breitbart and their four kids: 12-year-old Samson, 10-year-old Mia, 6-year-old Charlie, and 4-year-old William.

As a young mom of two myself, it's hard to even imagine what it would be like to wake up one day and no longer have my strong, capable husband beside me, helping me through the hard times. My heart aches for Susannah and what she must be feeling.

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When my grandfather died, my grandmother told me that in her life of loss -- a brother, two daughters, her parents, and her husband -- that the worst was her spouse. She told me it left an ache nothing would ever fill during the rest of her life. They had been married more than 55 years.

When you marry, you expect to spend the rest of your life with someone. The other day, I was imagining my husband, bald and stooped over, holding me as we danced on our 50th wedding anniversary. I want to reach that milestone with him someday. I want to go even longer. I am sure Susannah Breitbart did, too.

She will now face her youngest starting school, countless birthdays and milestones and graduations, and she will do them alone. I was 16 when I lost my mom, so I have some sense of what the kids are going through, but I can scarcely wrap my head around the fear and grief that his widow must be experiencing.

She never expected to raise four kids by herself and now she will.

Any time a tragedy like this occurs, suddenly and without warning, we all become hyper aware of our own mortality and of the mortality of those we love most. My life without my husband would be a sad life and I don't want to imagine it anymore.

Regardless of politics, my heart breaks for Susannah Breitbart and for her children. It isn't supposed to be this way for them.

What do you think it would be like to lose a spouse so young?

 

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