It's in times like these say James and Dorothy Nash when you find out just how important family really is.
"This family is grieving, but we will make it through," James Nash said.
The brother and sister of Aretha Eady stayed behind Tuesday as a group of about 15 family members flew to Memphis to be with her in the hospital, and to deliver the somber news that two of her children -- 17-year-old Josh and 22-year-old Whitney -- died in Sunday's horrific accident in Missouri.
"In just a split second things can change," he said. "My sister was driving and she fell asleep at the wheel and that's what caused this tragedy."
Nash said doctors and family members agree, Aretha must know before she undergoes spinal surgery on Wednesday. According to them, she already knows she's lost her husband Charles in the accident.
"This is going to be a difficult time for her to here this awful news about her children," Nash said.
The Eady family of six was driving back from a funeral in Mississippi when the accident occurred. Extended family back home in Michigan got the news from a Missouri State Trooper Sunday. Since then, they said, they've been leaning on their faith and each other.
The outpouring from the community has not gone unnoticed.
"It is amazing the way the community cares and the way they remembered Josh [at the vigil Monday] with his smile," Nash said. "It was amazing."
Funeral arrangements for Charles, Josh, and Whitney are far from final, Nash said the family is currently pulling their finances together just to bring them back home Michigan.
If anyone would like to donate to help the family pay for funeral expenses for Charles, Josh, and Whitney, donations are being accepted at any Flagstar Bank under the "eady family" name.
Two Eady children, 21-year-old Charles junior, and 24-year-old Sophia survived the accident with non-life-threatening injuries.