How Do You Eulogize a 6-Year-Old? The Uncle of Newtown Victim Noah Pozner Does His BestMeredith Carroll
“Eulogy” and “6-year-old” should never be in the same sentence. Six-year-old and birthday parties. Six-year-old and play dates. Six-year-old and soccer games. And cookies and milk. And hugs and kisses. And cuddles. And family vacations. And library time. And cartoons. And bicycle riding. And swimming. And tantrums. And laughter.
But 6-year-old and eulogy? It’s so unnatural, so heartbreaking, so gut-wrenching. And yet the uncle of 6-year-old Noah Pozner did his best when delivering a eulogy for his nephew, Noah, who was laid to rest today after being murdered on Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Alexis Haller kept it simple when he spoke about Noah. He seemed like the kind of little boy that everyone would have been better for knowing, although what would have been best is if he would have been allowed to live his life and we all never even knew.
But we do now, and thanks to Alexis Haller, we are fortunate enough to know that, even for a little time, such a sweet, mischievous soul walked among us.
Here’s a transcript of Alexis Haller’s eulogy for Noah Pozner:
On Friday, Dec. 14, we tragically lost a most beloved member of our family. Noah was a 6-year-old little boy, and he was so dear to all of our hearts … Words cannot express the unfathomable loss we feel.
“Noah was a wonderful son and a loving brother. He was kind, caring, smart, funny, and sometimes even a little mischievous. He liked to tell his sisters that he worked in a taco factory; when they asked him how he got to work, he would give them a funny look as if to say he knew something that they didn’t.”
“Noah was a little kid. He loved animals, video games and Mario Brothers. He was already a very good reader, and had just bought a Ninjago book at a book fair that he was really excited about reading. He was also very excited about going to a birthday party he had been invited to. It was to take place on Saturday, Dec. 15.
“Noah loved his family dearly, especially his mom, his dad, his big sisters Danielle and Sophia, his big brother Michael, and his dear twin Arielle. He called Arielle his best friend, and she was — and always had been.”
“If Noah had not been taken from us, he would have become a great man. He would been a wonderful husband and a loving father. He would have been a backbone of our family for years to come. His loss, and our loss, are deep indeed … It is unspeakably tragic that none of us can bring Noah back. We would go to the ends of the Earth to do so, but none of us can.
“What we can do is carry Noah within us, always. We can remember the joy he brought to us. We can hold his memory close to our hearts. We can treasure him forever. And all of us, including the family, the community, the country and the world, can honor Noah by loving each other and taking care of each other. That’s what Noah would have wanted … Noah, we love you so much, we miss you dearly, and we will never, ever forget you.”
Source: Yahoo News
Photo credit: The Pozner family
More from Meredith on Babble’s Mom blog:
- Naughty, Naughty Elves: 10 Elf-Shaming Photos That Will Put Your Kids on the Nice List’ by Default
- Santa Came Early This Year: 10 Hilariously Awkward Family Christmas Photos
- NYChildren’ Showcases Stunning Portraits of Kids from 169 Countries — All Photographed in New York City (PHOTOS)
- 15 Vintage Ads Show Santa Claus Smoking Like a Chimney Instead of Climbing Down One (PHOTOS)
- 25 Hilarious Photos of Santa Claus with Crying or Otherwise Unhappy and Traumatized Children