Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Saturday 27 February |
Saint of the Day: St. Gregory of Narek
home iconInspiring Stories
line break icon

Bereaved Greek mother gives moving tribute to her family

FAMILY

Aleteia

Theresa Civantos Barber - published on 08/26/18

Woman who lost family in Athens wildfires writes letter that touches hearts around the world.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare–your children trapped and in danger, and you unable to reach them. This horror became reality for Varvara Fytrou, who lost her husband and two children in the Athens wildfires while she was away from home.

Watch this video to read her powerful words, including the heartbreaking last conversation she had with her son just before he died.

Fytrou’s daughter, Evita, 13, was a national cycling champion who leapt off a cliff to her death in an attempt to escape the inferno. The bodies of Fytrou’s husband, Grigoris, 54, and son Andreas, 11, were found charred inside their car.

In the depths of her grief, Fytrou has published an open letter that has gone viral, offering a moving tribute to the loved ones she lost. She encourages other parents to cherish every moment with their children.

“I will tell you with certainty that I have lost everything,” she writes. “Hug your children every day.”

Fytrou’s words have touched hearts around the world, showing that despite her heartbreaking loss, the flames could not destroy her love and faith.


NAJCZĘŚCIEJ WYPOWIADANE ZDANIA W CHWILI ŚMIERCI

Read more:
12 Deathbed regrets you still have time to avoid

Tags:
FamilyGreeceParenting
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
2
LUXOR FILM FESTIVAL
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful 1-minute film about...
3
MADONNA
V. M. Traverso
The 9 oldest images of Mary
4
SEARCHNG PURSE
Cerith Gardiner
12 Things every Catholic woman should have in her purse
5
RECONSTRUCTED CHRIST
Lucandrea Massaro
This 3D “carbon copy” of Jesus was created using the ...
6
Jacques Fesch
Brother Silas Henderson, SDS
Meet the Death Row prisoner who discovered a ...
7
CELEBRITY MARRIAGES
Cerith Gardiner
10 Celebrities whose marriages have stood the test of time
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.