I've heard of couples who die very close together and the thought is that it's due to a broken heart. Like the couple together for 67 years who died within hours of each other. Though they were in their 90s and supposedly didn't know the other one passed. Maybe some of us are just other-worldly connected. And that's what I'm wondering about this family where the mother, father, and daughter all died within days of each other.
The Schulte family had some unique circumstances and health issues, but I still can't help but feel they were connected in such a way that the mother, father, and daughter dying within days of each other was connected.
The first in this Minnesota family to pass away was Sandy Schulte, 57. She was the oldest daughter of Sharon and Tom's children. Sandy had Down Syndrome and her parents took care of her.
Sandy's mom Sharon, 76, died less than 24 hours later. Sandy's father Tom, 77, passed away three days later. Both Sharon and Tom had lung and brain cancer.
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The Schultes were given a joint funeral. Their surviving daughter told the St. Cloud Times that it was her parents wish to walk Sandy to heaven's gate. "It was like, after Sandy died, it was okay for those two to let go," she said. "They were connected at the soul." She continued, "We tried to rally around them, but it was so difficult at the end. It was just too much. We lost half our family in four days' time."
The bond a parent has with a child is immeasurable -- there is such a connection that cannot be described. This mother and father, who were both battling cancer, didn't want to go before their daughter who needed their care. And it seems that once it was her time, it was their time as well.
My heart goes out to the surviving members of the family and I hope they are able to find peace and heal.
Have you heard of family members dying around the same time?
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