Have you ever had one of those month’s where any news is anything but good news? This apparently is going to be a long month or two for me and even in this I know I am more fortunate than others. I recently found out that another friend passed away from his long bout of cancer and another who also was quite young died of complications from Type I diabetes and now I await for an older relative who I have many fond memories to pass in the near future mostly from old age and dementia. It is odd how one sits back and remembers so many of the good times knowing that nothing will ever quite be the same and a void shall always remain in some small manner. Equally as odd is how in one moment you remember a humorous event or pleasant memory of the past only to be followed by the understanding that it will never occur with this person again and that is the bittersweet aspect of what death holds for many.
I hope that in my final days I can be as positive and outgoing as they had been; for I know that in the end for my friends it was no longer about the dying but what was left for the living. I know in the end that they found peace as the suffering ended. All that is left is to allow the living to adjust to their silence and lack of physical presence and embrace the warmth of their memories as well as their contributions.