When Donna Stroud saw her son’s body put in a body bag, she was overwhelmed. She kept thinking, “No, no! Not my son!”

When Lana Calvery’s daughter was pronounced dead at the hospital, she was overcome with emotion.

The next day, pallbearers stood guard over two coffins. The lives of two teenagers shattered, and the dreams for them and their families were forever shattered.

But neither death actually happened, because their situations were part of Shattered Dreams.

A memorial service was held at Greenville High School Wednesday morning as part of the three-day Shattered Dreams event. Tuesday afternoon, a mock alcohol-related crash occurred at GHS, and students from GHS and the Greenville Christian School participated in the program.

GCS junior Jared Stroud died at the scene and was taken away in a hearse. GHS sophomore Carolanne Calvery was taken to Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville where she was later pronounced dead.

At the memorial service, two caskets, one each for Jared and Carolanne, were placed in the front of the gymnasium. A video that included the previous day’s events and memorial clips of all the victims and the living dead was shown to the entire student body.

Carolanne Calvery’s parents, Billy and Lana, knew their daughter wasn’t really gone but said the situation was very real.

When Carolanne was taken to the hospital, she was treated as a real accident victim.

“It was so realistic,” Lana Calvery said. “It was unbelievable. I was surprised at how reality and fiction blended together. I kept thinking about the parents who stood here in reality and how thankful I am to see her again.

Bill Calvary said it’s the most intense situation they’ve ever been in.

“The reality was to real,” he said. “I don’t want to ever have to go through that.”

Once the Calverys were reunited with their daughter, they were relieved it was all over.

“Every parent should force themselves to imagine what if this happened to their child,” Lana said. “You realize what’s important in life. Every parent should write an obituary for their child so they can capture what their child is and what they value.”

“This has taught us that you shouldn’t take things for granted,” Bill Calvary said. “You should cherish the time with your child — hug them a little more.”

Carolanne said Shattered Dreams was an eye-opening experience.

“When I was lying on the hospital bed, I couldn’t say anything to my parents,” Carolanne said. “It was comforting to get to hug them now.

“Shattered Dreams effected me in a good way. It helped me realize what could happen.”

Jared Stroud’s parents, Ken and Donna, also had a tough time when they saw a sheet placed over their son’s body.

“It brought the reality of death too close to be comfortable,” Ken said. “We’re relieved it’s over, and it’s good to see Jared’s smiling face again.”

Donna said the event was very real.

“The memorial service was extremely powerful,” she said. “If this would have happened for real, however, we know Jared would be in a better place. Because of his relationship with Christ, he would be in heaven.”

Jared said it was a little scary to be put in a body bag.

“It was tough, and it’s good to be back with my family,” he said. “Before Shattered Dreams, some of my friends were not that serious about the event. Then, when it happened, they saw how serious it was and how it could impact a lot of people.

“You hear a lot about statistics and numbers and about people who die in alcohol-related accidents. Shattered Dreams showed us that it’s more than just a number.”

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