All I can offer are my condolences, but I feel that’s somehow not enough.

Many of you who read me locally know about the situation that is happening in Orangeville right now. For those of you that aren’t from the area, it’s been a crazy week.

Last Monday, a local woman was reported missing by her family and shortly thereafter her car was found just off the main street with blood on it, and all the doors left open. Further investigation found the police at her house where blood was also found. There are no suspects, and no-one has any idea why anyone would want to harm this woman. She lived in a quiet neighbourhood, and used to work for the children’s hospital in Toronto. Google the name Sonia Varaschin and you’ll see articles giving the full story.

Helicopters hovered over town for a couple days and the Orangeville Police as well as the O.P.P searched over the last week, with zilch breakthroughs until a body was discovered south of the city yesterday morning. They still don’t know if it’s her or not, or if they do, they’re not talking. The official autopsy takes place tomorrow morning.

While I send my condolences to the family, I feel like it’s not enough. Though I’ve never been in a position even somewhat similar to what Sonia’s family is going through, I know how I’ve felt when someone I loved was dying, and I can tell you condolences did nothing.

My heart breaks knowing there is nothing I can do for this family but pray and hope that all turns out well. It breaks my heart. Maybe it’s just basic human empathy that has me feeling shattered about this, or maybe it’s just that I have always reacted more harshly to stories of human suffering, but either way I go to bed each night feeling sickened by the prospect of what may have happened and fighting back tears.

It’s times like these where I keep asking God why? Why is such a thing possible? Why do bad things happen to good people?

I wish I was some sort of super-sleuth like the ones on tv. I wish that I could go out there, find the guy who did this, beat the living snot out of him before turning him over to the cops, then find her safe and sound and return the woman home.

But I can’t. All I can do is sit here.

4 thoughts on “All I can offer are my condolences, but I feel that’s somehow not enough.

  1. Oh gosh, I am so sorry for the family and for you for having had some sort of connection to all of this.

    Times like these are hard, but fellowship with loved ones is what makes it much easier. 🙂

  2. I know what you mean. even though I live outside of Orangeville, I still feel so bad for this family. I can'e even imagine what they must be going thru.

    I know you feel that the prayers aren't enough or that your condolences aren't enough either but still, it's all we can do. It's sad what has happened to this lady and it shouldn't have happened or to anyone for that matter but there are people out there who are heartless and cold.

  3. Hello. Visiting your blog. Wow what an eerie feeling some people in the town must have now. Ugh. Humans who can handle the little free-will they have. Sickening. Just sickening. God help them please–the family, and the murderer(s). Please do keep prayig for them.


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