It’s been two weeks since radio personality Delilah first learned about the sudden death of her 18-year-old son, Zachariah, who she affectionately calls “Zacky.”
The teen reportedly died by suicide on October 2.
In a post to her 1.6 million Facebook followers, the queen of sappy love songs announced that she’d be taking time off to grieve the loss of her son.
“My heart is broken beyond repair and I cannot fathom how to go on…but I have to believe he is at peace with the Lord and that God will get us through.”
On Friday, just 10 days after Zacky’s death, Delilah took to Facebook, reflecting on the grief she’s trying to navigate.
Quoting Mary Jean Irion’ “Normal Day,” the radio host very clearly connected with the words of the poem as she grieves the loss of her son.
“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.”
With the excerpt, Delilah writes that she will never have another “normal day” with Zacky.
“There will not be another “normal day” with my Zack-Attack, at least not in this life time. No more cooking his favorite foods or bringing home gallons of his favorite juice, no more laughter around the bon fire or Christmas mornings. My heart is struggling to continue to beat.”
Still, she knows that she is loved and cared for—both by radio listeners and the friends and family surrounding her.
“Thank you for your prayers, love and support. Please pray for his grandparents, his siblings, his dad and his friends. We are all doing our best to focus on his joyful heart, his wild free spirit and his smile.”
In a previous post, Delilah says her son was being treated, counseled and “embraced fiercely” by family and friends throughout his battle with depression.
Our continued prayers are with the entire family at this time.
If you or someone you know is struggling from depression or thoughts of suicide, DON’T stay silent. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or text “START” to 741-741.