Editorial for January 27: Country grieves for loss of Tonya

It is with a heavy heart that we write this editorial.

To Premier and Mrs. McKeeva Bush, Chet Anglin and Zariah, we offer our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and your family at the loss of Tonya.

Indeed, our thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family and all those who were touched by Tonya.

We know we are joined by everyone in the Cayman Islands and others around the world.

We are not supposed to have to bury our children and no child should grow up without her mother. But then again, we do not know why God chooses to take those we love from this realm.

Zariah will grow up with fond memories of her mother, but she will not be alone. She is blessed with a loving father, grandparents who are firmly rooted in faith and a family that will guide her in her path to adulthood.

Tonya’s unexpected death has been a shock to all in the Cayman Islands.

It is a reminder that we are all human; that the daily sniping and bickering we hear on talk shows and read on Internet blogs is unnecessary and trivial banter that, at the end of the day, puts our country no closer to any form of unity.

This is a time for all of us to put aside our differences and rally behind Mr. Bush and his family. We owe it to ourselves and to Tonya’s family.

We also need to honour the request from the family for privacy and a time to grieve.

The days ahead for Tonya’s family will not be easy, but we can do our part in helping to ease their pain.

Be understanding if events are postponed or cancelled. Tonya touched many lives and many people are grieving her death.

She was a daughter, wife, mother, friend, niece, granddaughter and so much more. And she will be sorely missed.

Mr. Bush, Mrs. Kerry, Chet and Zariah, our thoughts and prayers are with you as you chart this unfathomed sea at this juncture in your lives. You have the well wishes of the country and all our deepest condolences.