When a child dies, families deserve all of the consideration and closure that they can receive. Thankfully, this Connecticut family is much closer to achieving that.

The power of persuasion and thousands of outraged voices help to bring this small piece of closure to two families. Frankly, I don't think it should have taken that much, but that's my heart talking.

According to ctpost.com, the Shelton, CT school board is reversing its decision, and will now let the family of a high school student who died in a car crash in February of this year receive his diploma. The board had first chosen not to award an honorary diploma for Eddy Conklin, who would have graduated from Shelton High School on June 10. Sadly, Conklin was just one course shy of completing his graduation requirements when he died.

Conklin's mom Barbara told Hearst Connecticut Media:

I don’t think, if people didn’t stand up for us, it would have happened. It took a long time, but we finally got the closure we were looking for.

Not only will Eddy get a posthumous diploma, but the board also is agreeing to honor Kristjan Ndoj, who was shot to death in 2014 and would have also been part of the graduating class of 2016. My thoughts and prayers go out to both of these families.