Six boys from Roxbury Latin boys school near Boston, USA, had a lesson a few years ago that they will never forget — outside of the classroom.
It was the school’s assistant principal, Mike Pojman, who initially took the initiative to launch a program not only to teach the students a valuable lesson but also to give something back to society.
The boys volunteered as pallbearers for a lonely man who died on his own without any family or friends.
After carrying the coffin, they recited different poems and verses in the man’s honor. The boys, dressed in sharp suites, seemed very affected by the incident.
“Dear Lord, thank you for opening our hearts and minds to this corporal work of mercy. We are here to bear witness to the life and passing of Nicholas Miller,” one of the boys said. “He died alone with no family to comfort him.”
Then he continues with five words that brought me to tears, “…today we are his family.”
“We are here as his sons,” the boy continues. “We are honored to stand together before him now, to commemorate his life, and to remember him in death, as we commend his soul to his eternal rest.”
After this experience, the young men clearly got a whole new perspective on both life and death. They were pleased that the school had sent them out to take on this task.
“I know I’m going back, and I’m going to go to school and take another quiz,” Brendan McInerney, one of the boys told npr. “But all that work, you can get caught up in it… When you kind of get out of that bubble that you can kind of stuck in, you get perspective on what’s really important in life.”
Watch the powerful moment in the video below.
I’m really impressed with these boys! They did something really selfless and beautiful and stood up for a man who will never be able to thank them.
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