A’s Reliever and Wife Coping with Grief after the Death of a Son; Faith-based Website sees Opportunity for Fans to Share Grief

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Tragic story reveals the positive potential for grief-sharing in the age of Twitter, says faith-based website, followme.org.

Families working through the stages of grief need to be loved and cared for, and Twitter helps to transform one person’s ‘local’ tragedy into a ‘global’ request for prayer.

In the age of connectivity, there is no excuse not to console those who are grieving major losses, says faith-based website, followme.org.

That statement came today as the USA Today reported that baseball’s Pat Neshek and his wife suffered the death of their day-old son on Wednesday night.

On Tuesday night, the Oakland Athletics’ star reliever, Pat Neshek, left his team to join his wife, Stephanee, as she gave birth to their son, Gehrig John Neshek. Stephanee gave birth on Tuesday night and the couple welcomed their new-born son to the family, according to the USA Today. Then, on Wednesday evening, Neshek announced on Twitter that the couple had lost its young son to an inexplicable cause of death.

“Please pray for my family. Tonight my wife & I lost our first & only son 23 hours after he was born with no explanation,” Neshek posted on Twitter. His wife, Stephanee, also tweeted on Wednesday, “There was no cause of death and I am having trouble understanding why God can let such a thing happen [to] an innocent being.”

In the midst of grieving the loss of a loved child, Neshek’s team celebrated victory: on Wednesday, the A’s won their division. Neshek, a relief pitcher with 24 appearances this season, completed a remarkable run with an earned run average of just 1.37, according to the USA Today report.

Yet celebration in Oakland quickly turned to grief upon the sad news of Gehrig John’s death. The A’s today released this statement to the Associated Press, according to USA Today: “Our hearts go out to Pat and Stephanee and we share in their sorrow of losing their young son. The entire A’s organization will keep the Neshek family in our prayers and thoughts, as they try to come to grips with this tragic occurrence in their lives.”

How can fans and community members reach out to this grieving family? One faith-based website says the Digital Age provides new opportunities to share grief. Followme.org is an organization that provides resources for those grieving and coping with the death of a child. Its leaders say that Twitter can be a tool for followers to reach out to hurting people.

“In the wake of the Torrey Smith Twitter-war over KatieBrady12’s comments, Twitter users need to know there’s still hope for Twitter as a positive, encouraging tool for grieving families. Families working through the stages of grief need to be loved and cared for, and Twitter helps to transform one person’s ‘local’ tragedy into a ‘global’ request for prayer,” says Pastor Jamie of followme.org.

“God ministers to us by identifying with our needs, by understanding how it feels to lose someone close to us. It only makes sense that we would use social media to show others we identify with their needs,” he said.

For more information, visit http://www.followme.org. Fans are also encouraged to tweet the couple support at @PatNeshek and @StephaneeNeshek.

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