So far this year I've been to two funerals. That's more than I've been to in the past 5 years. Death is a reminder that my friends and I are getting older and just like "life happens" so does dying. Funny thing though, the two people who passed away this year were actually YOUNGER than me. Sharon, who died in January---just days before her 57th birthday---succumbed to cancer---the same disease that took her sister's life years earlier. Sharon was my girl. She was the head of a nonprofit organization called C.A.R.E. She was truly a godsend for the homeless, down-trodden and our veterans. Her motivation and determination to create a shelter for homeless vets inspired me to help by hosting a Throwback to the 60s Fundraising Party for her cause and yes, we partied like it was 1979!!! Her sudden death caught me totally off-guard and sent me into a depression for awhile.
This past Thursday, my hairdresser's sister passed away. She apparently died in the restroom during her lunch break. They believe it might have been due to an aneurysm. Her name was Beverly also. She and I were in the same bowling league for a couple of years and our only daughters also bowled together. She and I weren't besties or even close friends for that matter but I wanted to pay my respects because of her sister, whose been my hair stylist for more than 20 years. I know her passing leaves a void in a family that was extremely close. She was only 53.
Even though I don't like to talk about it or even think about it, I know death will eventually come knocking at my door and if you are reading this, it will come for you as well. You may prolong it but you'll never escape it. No amount of technology can stop the process. That's the power of God.
If you have experienced loss, here's a website that might help: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/grief-loss/coping-with-grief-and-loss.htm