Nathaniel Luke Harrigan, “Natu” as he was affectionately called, took his journey peacefully from this life in the evening of Friday, August 25th, 2017. was born on September 17th, 1997 as a fraternal twin in Hollywood, Florida. was one of three children born to Lucdel and Rosemonde Harrigan. was their only son. grew up among his loving family that took care of him. the age of three months Nathaniel became sick and was continually hospitalized. At the age of one, he was diagnosed with brain damage from daily seizures as many as 10 to 20 a day. he grew up he became wheelchair bound due to cerebral palsy.
Although Nathaniel had a terrible diagnosis, and there were things that Nathaniel couldn’t do. He couldn’t walk. He couldn’t talk. He couldn’t do many things other people take for granted every day. people may look at him, and see the things he couldn’t do. But that’s not what his family saw, and that’s not who he was.
His family saw the many things he could do. He could smile. He could laugh. He could feel happiness. He could love without condition. He could show his love without ever saying a word. Not everyone has those abilities. wasn’t a problem for Nathaniel. He could express his love with a look and with a smile. He could communicate his needs with crying or fussing because he knew his family would come and help him. He taught his family that love isn’t only shared through words but love is much deeper than words. There were more things he could do. He inspired others to try harder. By seeing him work hard to overcome his own challenges, it reminded others to work harder as well. He helped teach us about our own strengths and gifts. He also taught us how to be happy, because he took joy in simple things – joy in seeing his family, joy in listening to music, and joy in eating Haitian food especially Legume.
It is impossible to just think of all the gifts that Nathaniel gave us. Through his he gave us the gift of insight and showed us things we might otherwise have missed. He helped us to see the beautiful soul of his family. His family - the ones who bore most of the caretaking tasks, day after day, month after month, year after year. It is a special kind of dedication that enables people to put their own lives on hold so they can do everything possible to care for their loved one. It shows a deep, unrelenting love for a person to say, “If you need help, I will help you. If you cannot talk, I will be your voice. If you cannot stand, I will support you. If you cannot walk, I will carry you. ’s just what his family did with God’s help and strength. Nathaniel gave us the gift of perspective. He reminded us that most of our problems are not really problems, and to be grateful for what we have. We must savor the sweet, beautiful moments we have every day, because ultimately life is fragile and someday all too soon, we must say goodbye.
Nathaniel taught us how to love without words, without limits, without reasons.
And finally, Nathaniel’s life taught the gift of perseverance. His life wasn’t easy, but he taught us that we can see past the difficulties and find the strength and knowledge that God is always with us.
Nathaniel you inspired us to be better, and for all the love you gave while you were here with us, you were a gift to each of us. May we never forget this beautiful gift.
Nathaniel will be remembered as a beloved son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin, and friend. His smile and his laughter will be greatly missed by all. Nathaniel is survived by his father Lucdel, his mother Rosemonde, his twin sister Emily and little sister Jordyn.
Thank you for all the sympathy and support from the numerous friends and families especially the Harrigan family and his church family Leglise Haitienne De La Grace.