U.S : After the death of his young son, a man wrote an emotional post on LinkedIn in which he requested parents to consider their personal life before their jobs. J.R. Storment, President, FinOps Book published the note on LinkedIn after the death of one of his twin boys.
Wiley his eight year old son died after suffering from a rare complication of mild childhood epilepsy. Storment said in his note that he “wishes” that he could travel back in time and do things differently. Storment wife informed him about Wiley’s death when he was at work.
“It’s later than you think,” was the caption of the post that has instantly gone viral.
He wrote: “Eight years ago, during the same month, I had twin boys and co-founded Cloudability. About three months ago Cloudability was acquired. About three weeks ago we lost one of our boys.My wife and I have an agreement that when one of us calls, the other answers. So when the phone rang I stood up and walked to the conference room door immediately.I was still walking through the door when I answered with ‘Hey, what’s up?’ “Her reply was icy and immediate: ‘J.R. Wiley is dead.’ “What?’ I responded incredulously. ‘Wiley has died’ she reiterated. “What?! No.’ I yelled out, ‘No!’ “I’m so sorry, I have to call 911.'”That was the entire conversation. The next thing I know I’m sprinting out the front door of the office with my car keys in hand, running ferociously across the street and muttering ‘Oh f ***. Oh f ***. Oh f***.
Wiley wrote a diary, which his family found after his tragic death (Image: JT Storment/LinkedIn)
“When J.R. got home, his cul-de-sac was rammed with emergency vehicles and half a dozen officers stopped him entering his home. “It was 2.5 painful hours before I could see my boy,” his post continued. “After an hour of waiting in shock out front, I told the armed police officers guarding the doors that I couldn’t wait any longer. “They allowed me to go out to the deck facing the kids room to peer through the sliding glass window. He lay in his bed, covers neatly on, looking peacefully asleep. I put my hand on the glass and lost it.”I laid down next to him in the bed that he loved, held his hand and kept repeating, ‘What happened, buddy? What happened?’ We stayed next to him for maybe 30 minutes and stroked his hair before they returned with a gurney to take him away. I walked him out, holding his hand and his forehead through the body bag as he was wheeled down our driveway. “Then all the cars drove away. The last one to leave was the black minivan with Wiley in it. But it’s his work life which caused him the biggest regret. He said: “Many have asked what they can do to help. Hug your kids. Don’t work too late. A lot of the things you are likely spending your time on you’ll regret once you no longer have the time. “I’m guessing you have meetings on the books with a lot of people you work with.