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Here at the Vicky A’s we pause in our blogging to express our grief and sincere condolences to all affected by the Boston marathon tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those injured and killed in the explosions.

Here are some resources if you are still searching for a loved one or are looking for ways to help:

  • If you are a displaced runner/participant, the Red Cross has created a Safe and Well website for you to register to let your family and friends know that you are safe. I have been told from a friend in Boston that cell service has been suspended for a time so the internet should be utilized whenever possible (Facebook, Twitter, resource sites).
  • Google has created a Person Finder here. Whether you are searching or have information on an individual, this is a great resource.
  • Phone number resources for families of victims: 617-635-4500 and for any and all witnesses:1-800-494-8477

Words are useless at a time like this, but in his November 13, 1818 letter to his friend John Adams on the death of his wife Abigail, Thomas Jefferson gave grief a voice:

“Tried myself in the school of affliction, by the loss of every form of connection which can rive the human heart, I know well, and feel what you have lost, what you have suffered, are suffering, and have yet to endure. The same trials have taught me that for ills so immeasurable, time and silence are the only medicine  I will not, therefore, by useless condolences, open afresh the sluices of your grief, nor, although mingling sincerely my tears with yours, will I say a word more where words are vain, but that it is of some comfort to us both, that the term is not very distant, at which we are to deposit in the same cerement, our sorrows and suffering bodies, and to ascend in essence to an ecstatic meeting with the friends we have loved and lost, and whom we shall still love and never lose again. God bless you and support you under your heavy affliction.”