Gian Franco Rivoli, went to the school where my mom teaches. She helps take care of the disabled children. She loves it, she has always been a care taker, and every child has a piece of her heart. Tuesday Morning a piece of my mothers heart broke when she saw in the news a picture of Gian Franco Rivoli. She thought she saw his picture but wasn’t sure why he was on the news until she heard the devastating news that Gian Franco had passed away.
Gian suffered from severe scoliosis. According to a police spokesman, the condition affected his physical and mental capabilities, but it wasn’t clear if it played a role in the drowning.
My mom says that the mother of Gian Franco was very religious, you can feel her belief in God and how faithful she was that one day Gian Franco would get better.
It’s so sad to hear stories like this one. Why was Gian Franco brought into this world with such a horrible disease, to only drown at the age of 6? I do believe that we all have a purpose here. We come into this world to learn lessons, and once we are done with our lessons we leave. Others are brought into the world to teach other lessons, and once they are done, they leave. Perhaps Gian Franco came into this world to teach his parents something about life, and perhaps his lesson was learned, and it was time for him to go. What those lessons are, only God knows.
I couldn’t imagine finding my son or daughter or nephew or anyone I love, drown in my own back yard. The questions that must go through your mind of what you could have done to stop this horrific event. I don’t think there is anything, anyone could have done. I believe that when it’s time for you to leave, it’s time. I wrote about a boy who told his family he was going to kill himself, he had a knife in his hand and his family called the cops to try and save him. The boy went towards the cops with the knife and when the tazer gun didn’t work, they had no choice but to shoot the boy. He died later in the hospital. Ironic? Either he was going to kill himself or be killed. He was just meant to die. I couldn’t fathom the thought of why a young child “should” or is the “time” for them to die. It’s the unthinkable, you don’t expect your children to die before you. Life works in ways sometimes we’ll never understand.
I pray that peace will come to Gian Franco’s family and may they keep their faith that there is better out there.
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Tony Carrera says
Sad. My condolences to the Franco family.
Hard to imagine such a loss!
Yes, it’s very sad….I could never imagine how something like that could feel.
I received this from a co-worker who goes to the same church as Gianfranco’s Mom. Thought maybe you or your mom could pass the message around that the family is in need. If you have any questions, let me know. You have a beautiful heart. Thank you.
As many of you have heard through my email last night or even might have seen it on the news of the terrible tragedy of the loss of our little angel Gianfranco Rivoli who has gone to the Lord at the tender age of six years old after a terrible accident. We thank you all for your prayers and ask you to continue to keep this family in your thoughts and prayers during this very painful time. The family appreciates your thoughtfulness and love.
Many of you have called and asked for us to share any particular need the family may have, at this time, we would like to share a very urgent need. Tomorrow the family will begin to make funeral arrangements,however we have learned today that they presently are facing a very difficult financial situation and may not be able to afford the cost of the funeral. At this time my brothers and sisters we ask you all to prayerfully consider joining us in making a contribution in the amount the Lord may lead you. Please share this email with friends, ministry partners and family. Pray that others may feel moved to give. Please know that this is very time sensitive, so we would need to move very quickly.
The Lord has called our sister Lee Menendez to graciously open an account at Washington Mutual to make it easier for individuals to make deposits and facilitate a check for the family.
We trust that the Lord faithfulness, He is the great provider and will meet the needs of this family through the generosity of others. Please continue to join us in prayer for this very special family during this difficult time and may the Lord bless you for all your efforts.
“Live to Give”
With love in Christ,