Monday, November 29, 2010
Life is Fragile
I have drafted a wonderful post about tradition, which I will post later this week.
On my mind tonight, however, is how fragile life is. Two weeks ago, I attended the funeral of a friend's husband. They married in 2004 and adopted a little boy the same age as Jack, as well as are raising a 10 year old stepdaughter. She had the life so many dream of...a husband, a young family. Then, in a moment, at 40 years old, he died of a massive heart attack. And her life changes forever.
Today, we are mourning the loss of my brother's wife's dad. He died unexpectedly this afternoon in a tragic accident. He's 60, surely retirement was in his near future. And while I didn't know him well, I know my brother and my sister-in-law. And I know how close they are as a family. And its impossible to not put myself in their situation and know the grief I would feel if I lost someone that close to me. And my heart aches.
So, while I'm celebrating the holiday season, I'm also remembering those who have to deal with loss, now and in the past. And in the midst of their celebrations, must feel tremendous vacancies for their loved ones. If you are one of them, my prayers are with you.
Life is fragile, be kind.