Love Prevails: Remembering Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa ’26
Over 200 people from across the globe gathered virtually on Tuesday, April 21 for a special Meeting for Worship dedicated to remembering Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa ’26, who was killed at the age of 11 in the April 21, 2019 Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. Though separated by physical distance, members of the Sidwell Friends community sat together in silence, in remembrance and sharing, and in holding Kieran’s family in the Light.
Many attendees spoke of how they still feel Kieran’s absence in their lives, but that absence has made clear that the love and affection they felt for him are still present. While they still—and will—miss him, that means that Kieran’s humor, intelligence, and caring spirit continues to have an impact. While Kieran’s life was cut far too short, his legacy lingers in the hearts of those who knew him.
The overwhelming sense of the Meeting was that once the shock of loss has abated, what’s left is love—a love that continues to inspire, to unite, and to make our entire community realize just how lucky we are to continue to have Kieran as a member of the Sidwell Friends family.
Gifts in memory of Kieran can be made here.
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Two Lower School students serve others through making sandwiches.
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A Sidwell Friends eighth grader finds that serving people he'll never meet also helps him.
A special Meeting for Worship honored Kieran's life and memory.