Losing a loved one is always hard. No matter how close you were with the person, or how old they were, it’s never easy to say goodbye to someone you adore.
Often, the younger you are when you lose someone, the harder it is to cope. Death is a hard concept to understand, and it can be even more challenging for children than for adults.
Country star Luke Bryan was only 19 when his brother suddenly passed away. It shook Luke’s world — his life and career plans were derailed, and he didn’t know how to continue.
Eventually, he got his life back on track. Just when he felt like he was coming to terms with his brother’s death, though, his sister died.
A few years later, his sister’s widower passed as well, leaving their three kids orphaned.
Without hesitating, Luke and his wife Caroline took in their nieces and nephew. Now, in an interview with Good Morning America, Luke is speaking out about how his family has dealt with tragedy.
Luke Bryan has dealt with more than his share of tragedy in life.
When he was 19, he lost his brother in a car accident, and a few years later, his sister passed away as well.
Just as his family was recovering from the loss of his sister, Luke’s brother-in-law, his sister’s widower, died as well.
Luke’s two nieces and nephew became orphans, so Luke and his wife didn’t think twice before welcoming them into their home.
Luke recently spoke to Good Morning America about how he and his family have handled loss, and what he had to say is truly inspiring:
I was set to move to Nashville when I was 19. I had it all in line and had an apartment.
Just before I moved to Nashville, my brother was killed in a car accident, so that totally derailed and postponed my Nashville plans.
My dad could tell that I was one foot in the door and one foot out the door, and he said, “This life will always be here.”
He was really really adamant about me chasing my dreams.
Just based on what we had dealt with with my brother, we had seen how fragile life was, and you’ve got to go try things.
So getting to Nashville was pretty liberating. I was on music row every day writing songs.
People at Capitol kept hearing them, and next thing you know I’m getting a record deal from Capitol Records.
It was April 6, 2007, and I get to play the Grand Ole Opry for the first time.
That night, little did I know, would be my sister and I — it would be our last photo together. She passed away a month later.
And that’s been one thing about my family and our loss — just when we started picking up the pieces with my brother, then my sister, we lose my sister.
And I just watched my mother and our whole family just go back to square one.
And I know a lot of people out there that have dealt with loss, you have to honor their memory by living and you have to be a positive light for people.
Luke is definitely a positive light for so many people in his life: his wife, Caroline, his sons, Bo and Tate, and his sister’s kids, Til, Jordan, and Kris.
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