The Serbian Community Remembers Nikola Nikolic

On September 5th 2014 the Serbian Community has lost a young vibrant soul. Nikola Nikolic, a 28 year old from Elizabeth, New Jersey tragically took his own life. He was a dear friend to many, loving and caring brother and son. As a child he was a member of Dukati Folklore Ensemble based in St. George Serbian Orthodox church in Elizabeth. It was a blow to the Serbian Community in New Jersey and New York as it was unexpected. Let Nikola’s life not be lived in vain but rather a recognition of the internal battle with ones demons.  One should never be afraid to ask for help from anyone and can always turn to God and with faith can overcome those demons.  Depression and suicide are serious problems that should be recognized and prevented. As the Serbian Community being a tight one, we need to band together and stop any further tragedies within it. Nikola will be remembered in our hearts forever.

To the living, I am gone,
To the sorrowful, I will never return,
To the angry, I was cheated,
But to the happy, I am at peace,
And to the faithful, I have never left.

I cannot speak, but I can listen.
I cannot be seen, but I can be heard.
So as you stand upon a shore gazing at a beautiful sea . . .
As you look upon a flower and admire its simplicity . . . .
Remember me.

Remember me in your heart:
Your thoughts, and your memories,
Of the times we loved,
The times we cried,
The times we fought,
The times we laughed.
For if you always think of me,
I will never have gone.

Memorial for Nikola Nikolic:

Вјечнаја Памјат

In memory of Nikola Nikolic

 May 11th 1986 – September 5th 2014



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2 responses to “The Serbian Community Remembers Nikola Nikolic”

  1. Very Reverend Petar Petrovic says :

    Dear Paprikic and Nikolic Family of late +Nikola
    The pain your sister and you are feeling at this time must be intense. Most likely, there are questions of “why” that happened?
    I do not have any words that will “fix everything”, however, I do know that God has promised to be with us through every storm and trial of life, and that somehow you will get through this. Your comfort can come from the Comforter who is the Holy Spirit. The Bible says in: John 16:7
    “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”
    When Jesus was here on earth, He was limited by time and space, however when He sent the precious Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost He is now present at all times, and in all places.
    “Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.”—1 Thes. 4:13–14
    I want you to know that during this very difficult time, my Family and I will be praying for you, and trusting that God will be your portion and help, as well as comfort your entire family.

    In Christ’s Love,
    Very Rev Petar Petrovic


  2. Dakarai Grimsley says :

    I only learned of his passing tonight, over a month after, but less an hour before I began writing this. At first I was emotionally numbed by the news. I am now possibly more deeply hurt than I have been ever. I am not sure where else to put this, as I generally abstain from social media, but I hope that this is a place where I can ostensibly express my condolences to his family, and that I share the burden of their grief.

    I’ve known him for nearly twenty years; we were classmates from elementary school through high school. I cannot express with words how saddened I am to hear of his passing. I could never have imagined he was silently suffering such a terrible illness as depression. I know no one more deserving of a long, happy and satisfying life. That his life was both impaired and tragically cut short by illness is devastating. My heart, thoughts and condolences go out to his family, community and friends.

    Thank you for being my friend, Nick. I regret that I could not be there for you when you were in the greatest need of a friend. Though I haven’t seen you in what feels like forever, and even now that you are gone, I haven’t forgotten you and never will.


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