Life after Luke

Classmates and friends gather to release balloons to honor Luke Bresette on Friday. (Leigh Garner/CBS42)

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KANSAS CITY, MO. (WIAT) – A painting of Luke Bresette in the Arms of Jesus Christ was sent to St. Thomas Catholic Church from an anonymous person in Louisiana last week.
It’s meant the world to the grieving family.

Luke’s uncle, Alex Bresette says, “It’s like you’re looking at the other side, and to have that perspective, that Luke is up with Jesus right now, it’s just awe inspiring.”

Family members say the portrait looks like Luke now, but also, how he might have looked in the future.

Now they must look to the future, too.

Alex Bresette explains, “Next week, in the days to come, when the quiet sets in, that’s when we still need those prayers, the support, and the love of every parent, child, and grandparent out there.”

Their church has some support systems already in place.

Pastoral Associate David Butel explains, “Every day,Luke is not going to be there for them. So to continue to support them, but also the gift I think, hopefully, we can gain from this is, that we’re called to care for each other everyday.”

While the impact on the Bresette family can not be compared to… the community is also grieving.

School Councilor Kim Brown says, “It has definitely changed our community….forever.”

To help students cope at St. Thomas More there have been art projects and balloon releases.

Brown says it’s important for the students to understand and… “Just know that he’s left a legacy, and he’s an amazing little boy.”

She adds, “Hug your kids tight and just really remember to cherish life.”

It’s a message for everyone.

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