A Tragic Death in the Family

Nathaniel Tulay -only son and the youngest of Ariel and Nova Tulay was pronounced dead @ 12:40 NN- April 14, 2012, last Saturday. He was survived as well by his sisters- Angel and Noriel. His wake was at their home at 570 Facundo-Aurora St., Pasay City. He just graduated from Grade 6 elementary school of Betty Vermilion Academy, Pasay last March 2012. He was buried on April 21, 2012 beside his grandfather at Everest Hills Memorial Park, Susanna Heights, Tunasan, Muntinlupa.

His father is in the overseas and so these past few years -Nathaniel always wants to be with my sons- his cousins- and so joined our outings and dinners. He was with my sons during Christmas celebrations at Lopez Building for the  year 2008 and 2009. He even saw there our current  Ambassador to Japan- Manolo Lopez there. He started joining our summer outing last year at the Nuvali-Georgia Club around April 2011. He also went with my son at VCF Alabang’s 10 AM Sunday School -also last summer for a period of one month or so.

He was also with us during the Christmas Eve Service when I especially fetched my mother from Parañaque -and when Pastor Jansen Moradas preached about “Jesus Period”-so I think -more or less that he knows the gospel about Jesus -from a church group with a plain mission to -“Honor God, Make Disciples”.

Unfortunately, last Saturday – at CME Resort,Taytay -after searching for him- he was found by my sons-Raviel and Rayuel lying sideways down below -6 feet from the near end of a 5’11 feet deep lap pool. Immediately a lane side swimmer got him from below -and then the lifeguard came to apply CPR -front and down-but was not able to make any response. All the time I was holding his hands and feet-so to make him know I was there with him. Until the resort’s medic decided to bring him to a near hospital -Manila East Medical Center-and tried to apply CPR within the van. I tried to call  on the Lord in the van while asking Nathaniel to come back. But I felt that the heavens were closed-and I can feel no response.

In the emergency room -while 4 nurses and 2 doctors tried to revive him- but to no avail-with all the apparatus and IVs and equipment-his eyes are just dilated-staring far but not responding to us there. The doctor tried to get consent after an almost an hour of efforts to stop any resuscitations since they were not receiving any response from him-I cannot give it -since I felt I don’t need to and I was not of the same surname as he is. Neither my wife or his mother on the phone. But you can really feel that it was really his time to depart.

Today I heard a whisper-that the Lord did not took him from us- though He permitted what happened. For He knows how it feels to lose His one and only Son -and He does not delight in a similar situation. He was sounding out a lot of impressions to me, to Nathaniel, to his mother especially -that this day maybe averted.

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But in bits and pieces- I have come to know that he was handed or entrusted to us for a time-and in order to learn some about the Lord and His Word-through songs, verses and stories through us and VCF Alabang – and these are the only signs He is giving us on where Nathaniel is now. Whatever the Enemy of our soul did to us- God had taken care of the big picture for us-WELL AHEAD of our plans and regrets – so as to rectify the situation-whatever may come to pass .

Nathaniel likes to sing the  Chris Tomlin song-“Our God” which is based on Romans 8:31, which says:

“Our God is greater
Our God is stronger
God, You are higher than any other
Our God is healer
Awesome in power
Our God, our God

And if our God is for us
Then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us
Then what could stand against

And if our God is for us
Then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us
Then what could stand against
What could stand against
What could stand against”

So in all our failings or shortcomings -His purpose will not be hindered. No creature, above, below or here on earth, can thwart Him.  Again in Romans 8-  Apostle Paul said –

“V37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. V38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, V39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


7 responses to “A Tragic Death in the Family

  1. We were there last Saturday for our company outing and witnessed while they were trying to save him. Was startled with the news by my officemates today that he was not able to survive. Condolence to your family.

    • If you have details on what you saw before and during the efforts to revive him please share with me-okay

      • I would if I could, but we did not have a detailed view. Here’s what we saw though: We had just finished eating lunch at the pavilion near the lap pool and was resting at the tables beside the “tattoo” area. It had been so quiet and we didn’t even notice that there were people swimming in the lap pool, when suddenly we noticed the commotion and saw cpr being given on the boy (it was quite far from where we were sitting). We only had a glimpse of the boy a minute later when rescuers who carried him passed in front of us and also CME’s ambulance where he was brought in.

  2. If you could also clarify to us the time whe you first saw us trying to revive Na thaniel at the pool-and when we passed you towards the resort van. I am really confused how long he was at the bottom of the pool before my youngest son saw him.

  3. I am admitting at this time- only first-hand, direct eyewitness account, which can shed light, of what happened that day.

  4. “A Tragic Death in the Family | Grace Thru Faith”- This web site was suggested by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my problem. You are wonderful! Thanks! Best Regards Yoder

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