This summer, I attended two wakes. I have to be honest and explain that these two people were not people that I saw or talked to with any consistency. In fact, I saw very little of them over the past couple of years. What I was gently reminded of this week is that people don't have to be in your life on a regular basis for an impact to be made. I am deeply grateful and astounded that both came into my life and with their separate examples saw the value in me and thus, partnerships were formed, allegiances were made and together we made a profound change to a small community but no less important.
My grandmother died at the age of 98. My father died at the age of 74. My mother is 89 refusing to wear a "life alert." That's what I'm used to in my family... longevity and stubbornness. Death in my world has been "reasonable." I'm sad to say for so many others, that has not been the case. When som...
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