My big brother will always be a part of me. He is my best friend, my soul mate, my inspiration, my mental twin, my strength. He gave me so much in life. I always looked up to him for guidance, protection and advice. He was always there for me. He never failed me and was by my side in everything I did. He was always there to offer me a word of encouragement when I needed it. He  was always there to build me up when I felt down and give me the push I needed to accomplish something. We shared so much. 

We laughed together and cried together. He was the only person who could finish my sentences and know what I was thinking when I was silent. Richie was a beautiful person. He was funny, intelligent, thoughtful, giving, understanding. He was my shoulder to cry on. Richie instilled in me some of the greatest lessons in life. He gave me a sense of comfort that I found in nobody else. I love him and miss him with all of my being and with all that I am. Losing a sibling is the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with in my life. It is something I never thought would happen. 

Sometimes I feel as if someone ripped my heart out of my chest. I miss hugging him and laughing with him and calling him on the phone to tell him how great my day was or how terrible it was. I miss his advice and his laugh and his jokes. I miss his music and how he would sit and sing to me. I miss every part of his being. My brother means the world to me. A true bond between siblings can never be broken. We have that bond and always will. Nothing can ever take that away. Although Richie is physically gone, he is in my heart and he is with me always. 

He still is my best friend and my inspiration. He still gives me the strength to go on when I feel I can't. He still gives me encouragement, advice, and strength though it may be in his own little way-in a dream, in a song I hear, through the perfect sunset-he is still with me. True love between a brother and sister can never wither away or be forgotten. Not even death can separate us. 

I love you Richie and miss you each and every day. There is not a minute that goes by you are not in my thoughts. And with all of the wonderful things you taught me, you still live through me. In every thing that I do. You will always be my one and only big brother!

Only a life lived for others is worth living
Albert Einstein


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