My uncle passed away around 12 hours ago. It was really a tragedy. He's been very sick for the last month or two and he finally gave up to the pain. God remembered him, and he went to heaven. We went and burried him, and I can tell you this is definitely the hardest thing I've ever had to go through. I've never went and burried someone before, but there's a first time for everything, especially since I'm 20 now. I really loved my uncle and he loved me a lot, however, he always lived in Saudi Arabia and we saw him from year to year, sometimes every two or three years. I never thought it would be so hard to let go of someone that wasn't even that close to you, but it is extremely hard. I cried like I have never cried before. Seeing them throw close the place he's burried in and then throw the dust really is very hard to watch.
It was a hard, emotional, and non-forgettable experience and feeling. He was a great man of virtue, honor, honesty, and he was very straight forward and religious. He was a mentor to a lot of young kids, a professor in a school for over 30 years. I can tell you that even the people he worked with in Saudi Arabia are devastated as much as we are. I'm both sad and happy. I'm sad because I'll never get to see him again, although I'll pray for him and always remember him, but in the same time happy because he went to a better place and is watching us from above. I am also happy because he is no longer feeling any pain and is in a place that has no "bad" and everything good happens there.
It was also a learning experience. It taught me to treat everyone with love and respect. It taught me to always be close to family and friends, and never fight with, ignore, or decide to stop talking to someone. You never know when it could happen to someone close to you, even if you think they're far away. Please, if you guys are fighting with any of your family members or in an argument, always remember that the day they will pass away might come sooner or later, and try to be the best you can and make the best out of your living.
This may be too long and may not make sense to some, but it's coming from the bottom of my heart. I really have learned a lot from today, and I'll be doing everything in my power to bring and keep my family close to me because no one knows what could happen next.
I pray for you, uncle, and I know you're in a better place now. From your nephew, Tarek, I love you and I'll never forget you. You have taught me a lot and given me a lot of advice, and I'll try as much as I can to fulfill all that I promised you to do.
Thank you for reading this, guys, and I'm sorry for wasting your time.