I just recently found out about Justin and I am just so very sorry for your loss. I worked with you 30+ years ago at Aetna and then at LNL. We went to each other’s baby showers.
I’ve wondered through the years how you were. I even Googled you once to see if I could locate you…there are a lot of Carol Hoffman’s out there. Then for some reason the other night I remembered Justin’s name and I thought with our kids and the internet, it was more likely that I would find something about him than you. So I did a search. I pulled up a Justin F. Hoffman because the age seemed to be about right. I found that his father’s name was Bob and in further reading his mother’s name was Carol , and that one of his nicknames was Hoffy. But I didn’t want to believe that this young man was the Justin I was looking for. Too many things, however, seemed to match what I remembered about you: his sense of humor, his bent for practical jokes, his faith. Finally I found a picture of him without sunglasses…..and in him, I saw you. I knew then, that this was your Justin and I cried for you and your family and all who loved him. On another site I found a picture of you…the same person I had worked with and laughed with so many years ago.
I wish you continued strength in coping with your loss and in celebrating his all too short life. He appears to have been an amazing young man! I’m not surprised. I saw the makings of an amazing mom way back when. You will be in my thoughts even more often now.
Love and belated condolences to you and your family, Carol,