Some scenarios are almost too heartbreaking to contemplate.
When the worst comes to pass, however, people like Stephanie Rae reach out to their friends and family on social media to help them cope.
Stephanie is a 15-year-old from Dudley, England. She was dating 16-year-old Blake Ward, who was one of three teenagers swept out to sea last week at Tywyn, Gwynedd, in north-west Wales, before being rescued and airlifted to a hospital in nearby Liverpool, England.
Blake was immediately placed on life support. Five days later, Blake passed away.
Stephanie was with him the entire time.
The Sea can Be a Treacherous Place. R.I.P Blake Ward. https://t.co/8Z23BFqiSB— Robert Williams (@Robert Williams) 1533413065.0
Just before the doctors turned off Blake's life support, Stephanie climbed into bed and gave her boyfriend a final hug. She wrote on Facebook:
"Today has been the hardest day for me and it will be a day I will never be able to forget. As some of you may know Blake was involved in a terrible accident on Tuesday."
"I have been by his side through it all and I haven't left him as you all know Blake was a loving a caring person and would do anything for anyone we was told yesterday that Blake would never recover and his brain was to damaged and we had to make the hard decision of turning his machine off and let him go."
She wrote about the impact Blake had on her life:
"Blake was someone special to me and we had something special and we will always have that me and Blake had our ups and downs but we always got through them but just know Blake wasn't in any pain and he passed away with his family around him and he will forever be missed and he will always have a special place in my heart and I will never forget you Blake fly high my baby boy and I'm gonna make you proud love you and I always will."
Stephanie's friends and family are rallying together on social media as well.
On 4th August 2018, one of my longest friends, Blake Ward, lost his life after a tragic accident. Blake was a huge… https://t.co/mausEGa7hZ— abbie #i63 (@abbie #i63) 1533596224.0
@abbieisarose @LFC @AnfieldHQ @LivEchoLFC @capliverpool @LivEchonews Im so sorry Abbie❤️— mad (@mad) 1533653728.0
@birmingham_live I know there are things as bad if not worse happening throughout this world but for a simple momen… https://t.co/OVzvWuVGk8— The Grumpy Guru (@The Grumpy Guru) 1533689473.0
At least those who knew Blake will know they are not alone during this difficult time.
@abbieisarose @LFC @AnfieldHQ @LivEchoLFC @capliverpool @LivEchonews Rest In Peace ❤️ stay strong ❤️❤️— j e s s i c a 🍂 (@j e s s i c a 🍂) 1533821434.0
@abbieisarose @LFC @AnfieldHQ @LivEchoLFC @capliverpool @LivEchonews God bless you and Blake and his loved ones. St… https://t.co/fNafqiWUK5— The Villain (@The Villain) 1533735396.0
@abbieisarose @ClinicalFirmino @LFC @AnfieldHQ @LivEchoLFC @capliverpool @LivEchonews sorry for your loss angel. My condolences💔— Majed Alshuraim (@Majed Alshuraim) 1533652280.0
Many strangers were touched by Blake's passing and sent their condolences.
@abbieisarose @LFC @AnfieldHQ @LivEchoLFC @capliverpool @LivEchonews What a Lovely but also hearthbreaking photo in… https://t.co/fvcnxUz4WB— Mark Kiely (@Mark Kiely) 1533646868.0
@abbieisarose @LFC @AnfieldHQ @LivEchoLFC @capliverpool @LivEchonews I’m so sorry for your loss, I was reading the… https://t.co/fvkzYLLrAQ— Manu (@Manu) 1533675761.0
Blake will not be forgotten any time soon. Though still young, he had a profound impact on many people, and will be remembered as a bright, charming young man.
Friends of Blake Ward ahead of the fundraising football match in his honour. There will be a minute's silence befo… https://t.co/6V5nBAo9Yf— Dudley News (@Dudley News) 1533662167.0
@abbieisarose @RingTed @LFC @AnfieldHQ @LivEchoLFC @capliverpool @LivEchonews Heartbreaking... so sorry for your lo… https://t.co/qpai3xAQtx— RB (@RB) 1533662933.0
@abbieisarose @jorourke758 @LFC @AnfieldHQ @LivEchoLFC @capliverpool @LivEchonews Tragic ... that picture just ...… https://t.co/VqAWWleX0C— Bouncer (@Bouncer) 1533653146.0