This devastating loss has left the entire family in a state of shock.
The older son, Danny, recently finished college and was just starting out in life. He turned 23 on May 31st, the day before his mother’s untimely death, and Philip turned 15 on June 2nd, the day after.
Erica was a loving, sweet and kind person that would never hurt anyone. She lived life in a special way, always welcoming people of all walks of life, and treating her friendships unconditionally. Erica was a gentle and fragile soul who wanted to take care of everyone.
However, her life took a tragic turn roughly 3 years ago when her husband, Lyndon, fell down a flight of stairs and suffered severe brain trauma. He is unable to spell his own name and at times he cannot even formulate a sentence. Unfortunately, he will never again be the man they once knew as their father.
That fall left the kids without the father they knew and loved and they had to adjust quickly to a new way of life, with a Dad that was unable to play sports, bike ride, or ever walk again. On many days, he cannot even recognize them as his sons.
His own memory of life as he knew it has been shattered.
As parents, Lyndon and Erica made sure that Danny and Philip received the best education possible and taught them to be productive members of society and good human beings. Philip is currently enrolled in a fantastic school and his parents were unable to foresee a tragedy of this magnitude.
With these events unfolding and all of the emotional stress even Love couldn’t sustain the bumps and turns.
As Lyndon, the provider for the family, was and still is unable to function due to his medical condition, the bills started to mount, income was scarce and the mortgages were due.
This financial hardship and emotional trauma, took its toll on the children and especially, on Erica.
Erica gave her all to care and provide for a man that was no longer the robust man she married: active, social and hardworking. He was bedridden and unable to perform the simplest of tasks, including feeding himself or going to the bathroom. Erica tried to be as strong as possible for herself and her children.
Lyndon suffered seizures and was placed into a facility where he was able to receive the skilled help he needed.
The last 3 years have been quite a battle; a battle on all levels, financial, emotional and spiritual. The financial burden has become an unsustainable spiral and the financial obligations continue to grow.
Our nephews now find themselves without parents to guide and support them and in the worst possible scenario.
They are good boys, good souls and amazing future servants to society.
With the loss of both parents and now their home about to be foreclosed on, they are left with monumental financial hardships and just the clothes on their backs. This has placed them in a delicate emotional, and financial state.
Amongst some of their expenses are education, clothing, medical, transportation, daily expenses, food and no parental contributions to support them financially on this path.
We, as their aunts and uncles will do all that we possibly can to support them the best we can.
We understand that the current state of world affairs has many people struggling financially.
However, if you are able to contribute, in any way, so that these boys can create a new beginning, a new life, and get the help they need to remain psychologically balanced, as well as meet their financial obligations it would be forever appreciated.
No contribution is too small. Every bit counts.
The old adage “it takes a village” is what it will take to ensure that our nephews Danny and Philip get the support they need to re- establish their lives and live a healthy, vibrant and emotionally stable existence.
On behalf of the Beaman and Giocoli family we thank you, and we are all in this together!