When Hearts Are Broken

December 30, 2017 by · 8 Comments
Filed under: Internet Life and Humanity 

Second Life™ is a world of amazing things. Amazing sights, imagination and creativity. But among the most important amazing things Second Life™ provides are the lives we encounter and the loves we find. Eight years ago, one such love began when Jessica Bonnin walked her avatar into the rental office of Jim Cornwell. At that very moment, Jim knew he had met the woman that would complete his life and become his wedded love. Sadly on December 27th, 2017 that love ended suddenly and unexpectedly.

Ocean Apart – Worlds Together

Jim and Jessica lived on separate continents. Jim in the USA, Jessica in the UK. But with the magic of Second Life™, they were able to spend nearly every day together as if the physical distance between them was no more than the distance from desk chair to keyboard. They lived in each other’s lives as much as they could, each and every day. Seldom was one seen without the other nearby. They were inseparable.

After many months of planning, Jim was able to arrange a one month visit to Jessica’s home. He arrived just before Christmas 2017. They had a whole month’s worth of time together planned. Life was wonderful, family was around and with them, they had everything to look forward to. They were even finalizing the last details in the quagmire of bureaucracy needed to move Jessica to the United States to live with Jim forever.

A Dream Dinner Out

One of Jessica’s desires was to spend an evening dining at the restaurant Dan le Noir. An eclectic establishment where diners are in pitch darkness. Their meal was wonderful, everything they had hoped it would be. But just after the last morsels were consumed, as they anticipated the arrival of the waiter to escort them to their ride, Jessica suddenly collapsed … and never rose again.

Paramedics worked desperately for an hour and a half as Jim stood by, breathless and unbelieving. Terrified, devastated, watching as his love and soul lay dying on the floor. Graciously the doctors said that she passed without pain and without suffering. But death, sudden and unexpected as this, is never painless for those left behind.

The Lives She Loved

In addition to Jim, Jessica leaves behind three children ages 25, 22 and 18. Her coworkers and the company she worked for have graciously provided for her funeral services and will be contributing to the support of her children. Jim, along with his sister, will be returning to the USA at the end of their original visit near the end of January 2018.

I am one of the many 100’s of lives that Jessica touched in Second Life™. If you knew Jessica, if you know Jim, please feel free to add your recollection and comments to this post. Jim will be reading your words and I am sure every word will be of comfort to him.