As much as it is sad and heart-breaking to lose a loved one, many people feel that when a person has been ill with a disease like cancer, by the time the loved one passes away, they have adjusted to the idea that they may lose them. When people die very suddenly or soon after falling ill, it tends to shock their loved ones because everything happened so fast.
One can only imagine the shock and devastation that Alice Jones’ family went through when they heard that she passed away and from an illness that many people typically assume they will recover from.
According to mommybrown.com:
Between 3,000 and 49,000 Americans die of influenza each year, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A healthy 29-year-old mother of three, Alice Jones, passed away just five days after being diagnosed with the flu.
Jones’ husband, Darrell, served in the U.S Army in Afghanistan for nearly a year and turned 27 on the day his wife died. “I made it through Afghanistan and thought we would move on with our lives,” he said. “I was think that was the most dangerous part of our marriage.”
Their three children, ages 10, 7 and 3, were encouraged to be checked and vaccinated for the flu. One of the boys tested positive. “If that didn’t happen, maybe my son would have died, as well. I don’t know what I would have done if it was my wife and son,” said Jones. He and his children are so devastated that they are temporarily living with relatives because staying in their home was unbearable.
The family will be holding a funeral for Alice on Jan. 10, but in the meantime, her husband is encouraging others to get their flu shots immediately. It’s not too late!