Some of you have probably heard me say that there's a beginning, middle and an end to this life of ours, and we just don't know where we are on that timeline. This week Peter and I will be attending two memorial services for two very good friends - Harry Spillman and Tom Ward (no relation). One died after a very long decline and the other died suddenly with no forewarning. Each had had a full, rich life and were loved dearly by family and friends.
I'm of the firm belief that death after a long illness or decline is hardest on the patient and easier on the family as there is time to prepare and say goodbye. Sudden death is "easier" on the "patient" and hardest on those left behind as a loved one is abruptly torn from their lives leaving a large unexpected hole. Both are painful and unwanted, but as death is a part of life we all must accept it as it comes.
There's a beginning, middle, and an end to these lives of ours and we don't know where we are on that timeline - celebrate each other and all those who have gone on before.