Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Bride dies after first dance and her 101 reasons why I love you

I am almost in tears when I read about this news from MSN. I shall copy it over in case I lost the link. Tell me this is not happening. It is like a sad movie and I really cannot imagine how her husband feels to lose her just after marriage. This really gives us every reason to celebrate Valentine's Day with our spouse isn't it? Like the song, tomorrow never come by Ronan Keating, we should appreciate the time we spent with our loved ones.

Do read the story below and share it with your friends. Tell them to tell their loved ones I love you. Don't wait for tomorrow.

Bride Dies During 1st Dance

By Cassandra | February 10, 2008

From MSN.com:

DAVIE, Fla. - Kim Sjostrom wanted a real-life version of the film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” which played in the background as friends fixed her hair and makeup before her own marriage ceremony.

But less than an hour after she and Teddy Efkarpides were wed, Sjostrom crumpled in her husband’s arms during a Greek song that means “Love Me.”

At 36, Sjostrom was dead from heart disease.

The wedding had became a project at Davie Elementary School, where Sjostrom taught first grade. Fellow teachers provided the wedding gown, the flowers and decorations. One of them, an ordained minister, performed the ceremony.

“It was perfect for her,” said Dominic Church, the minister friend.

Sjostrom carried blue and white flowers during the ceremony — the colors of the Greek flag — as she exchanged vows with Efkarpides, a 43-year-old carpenter and Navy veteran. They had met three years to the day before the Jan. 19 wedding.

During the couple’s first dance, Sjostrom complained of being lightheaded. Efkarpides thought his wife, a diabetic, needed sugar, but she collapsed.

Wedding guests, paramedics and doctors at a nearby hospital were unable to revive her.

She had a previous cardiac episode in her 20s and was a poster child _ literally _ for juvenile diabetes, relatives and friends said. Efkarpides recalled seeing the poster featuring her on New York subways.

He consoles himself by reading a list of “101 Reasons Why I Love You” that Sjostrom gave him their first Christmas together. “Number 1. You make me smile.”

No. 98 is especially difficult: “You’re the one I want to grow old with.”

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