December 21, 2011

A Tragedy

I'm stunned, shocked, and I don't know how to say this.

My wonderful sister-in-law, Aimee Rhoads, died on Sunday in a terrible boating accident. We were in the Florida Keys, vacationing as a family to celebrate Christmas and to commemorate the passing of my father-in-law who passed away last year on December 19th.

And now, we have to mourn Aimee's death as well.


On Sunday afternoon, Aimee and I went scuba diving together off the coast of Key Largo. My husband and I have been diving for over a year, and Aimee told us how she has always wanted to try it. And so, she signed up for a discovery scuba course and I tagged along with her to keep her company.

After our first dive, we returned to the boat to change our tanks and take a short break. But before we could start our second dive, our boat started filling with water and we capsized quickly thereafter. Six of us managed to get out, but Aimee was trapped inside and the crew was unable to rescue her in time.

Justin's family is reeling. Aimee leaves behind her husband, Pat Rhoads, and her three-year-old daughter, Rowan. We are all currently in Seattle, where Aimee resided, to make funeral arrangements and to grieve together as a family.


Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers this holiday season. And please hold your own family close. Love them. Hug them. Spend time with them. Life can be so tragically short and we are heartbroken that we have lost Aimee. She was the best of all of us.

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If you are interested, Aimee's husband has started a blog to commemorate her life. You can access it here.


35 comments:

  1. Oh, Caroline. I don't even have the words. Please know that I send you my sincerest prayers for peace. Oh my goodness.

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  2. Oh my lord. That's... I don't know what to say. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts, Caroline. May you have peace.

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  3. this is so tragic. Your family is in my prayers.

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  4. Caroline, I'm shocked and heartbroken for you, Rowan, Justin, and the rest of your family. What a terrible tragedy. While I'm grateful you're okay, I'm incredibly sorry for your loss. It sounds as though Aimee was a wonderful person. Please let me know if you need anything or if I can help in any way. I'll be thinking of you and your family.

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with you nad your family.

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  6. Oh my goodness, I am SO sorry for your loss. What a terrible tragedy. Hugs to you and your family.

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  7. I'm so, so sorry, Caroline. Words can't begin to encompass a tragedy of this magnitude. I wish you and your family all the best in the days and months ahead.

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  8. I'm so, so sorry about this tragic loss of your sister-in-law. My prayers with you and your family.

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  9. *hugs* Caroline. I'm so sorry. Steve & I are thinking of you and your family.

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  10. Oh Caroline. Wow. I am so sad. What a horrible tragedy, and such a time of year. My thoughts and prayers are with your and your family.

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  11. Caroline I'm terribly sorry that Aimee is no longer here with us. We love you all so much and send all our love. We will be thinking of you and sending up prayers.

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  12. I am so sorry for your loss and your family as well as Aimee's family. I know your heart aches. Hoping everyone finds peace to soften the heartbreak.

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  13. I'm so sorry for your loss, Caroline. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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  14. Caroline, I am so very sorry for your tragic loss. I feel for what you and your family are going through. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  15. Caroline, I'm so so sorry. Breaks my heart, truly, to hear. We're sending up many prayers for you and yours.

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  16. Oh, Caroline, I'm so sorry. I really don't know what else to say. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  17. I am so, so sorry. Your family will be in my prayers.

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  18. Caroline, praying for you. Let us know if you need anything--even a virtual hug.

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  19. Robin Reed10:42 AM

    Caroline, I'm so sorry. I read your brother-in-law's blog -- what a touching tribute to Aimee. I hope you're doing all right and wish I could give you a hundred hugs.

    Do you know if your brother-in-law or anyone else in the family is suggesting a place where people can make donations in Aimee's memory, or anything like that? No need to answer, I'm just curious if anything was set up.

    *more hugs*

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  20. I'm so sorry, Caroline. You & your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  21. Caroline, I'm so sorry for your and your family's loss. What a horrible tragedy.

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  22. Jess told me about this today, I'm so sorry Caroline. *hugs* Your family is in my thoughts & prayers & if there's anything I can do don't hesitate to ask.

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  23. I wish I had better words than I'm so, so sorry to read this. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

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  24. I'm so sorry! Your family will be in our prayers.

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  25. I'm so sorry Caroline. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  26. So so sorry. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  27. I'm so sorry for your lost. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  28. Oh Caroline, I'm so sorry to hear this. I'm so glad you're okay, but saddened by this tragedy. Your whole family is in my prayers.

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  29. I am so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

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  30. I'm in shock too. How terrible and awful. I hope the best things for you and Justin during this time.

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  31. Caroline,

    I just read this and I'm very sorry for your loss. You, Justin, and your family are definitely in my thoughts and prayers.

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  32. I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and all those who loved Aimee dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  33. Caroline - I just saw this, and I am so sorry for you and your family. I don't know what to say, but just want to send my love.

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  34. Caroline I am so very sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts

    much love

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  35. Caroline! I'm so so sorry! I'm sending prayers to you and your family.

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