May The Angels Come And Guide Us


“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” -Eskimo Proverb


Our heartfelt condolences and prayers are with the VMS and Vail community as they face the tragedy of the passing of Taft. There are never words that can ease the sorrow of an unexpected tragedy, yet our presence and willingness to listen provides healing space. Yesterday’s opening circle was the most somber we have ever experienced. Yet, the children were able to speak their sorrow from their hearts. Tears streamed down faces. We heard and shared their sorrow.


As they connected with their friends in Ghana via videos and letters, tears gave way to smiles. Connections thousands of miles away lightened these heavy hearts, if only for a while. There is power in being connected by invisible threads. On this day, connected heartstrings hold us up, reminding us we are not alone.


A candle, lit by the World Peace Flame that was shared in the Fall, glimmers in Taft’s cubbyhole. A beautiful light has left our circle, yet his impact will eternally burn on…


We invite the entire CIH community to hold his family, school and community in your hearts and prayers.