Mrs. D, a neighbor friend who has dedicated her summer to saying goodbye to her childhood home and helping her mom, the wonderful Mrs. G, move on to a living arrangement that can better meet her memory needs. They close on Monday, so yesterday was the last trip to the family home.
Caitlin and her grandma, circa 2009There are the goodbyes we know are coming but we just don't know when. .
Mrs. Z. Her sister passed away yesterday morning. Oh sure, we knew it was coming as her sister has struggled with some demons for most of her life. But you are never fully prepared for when the end arrives. You may know it's coming, but when it happens, well, there goes that hope. That little glimmer of hope that maybe one day your loved one realizes that sobriety was a healthier and better decision. Mrs. Z, your sister is no longer hurting, and know that your sister wives are here for you...ready to offer a hug, a good laugh, or even a trip to Village Inn, diets be damned!
And finally there is the unthinkable goodbye. When you lose a child. Yesterday, a family I have met through an online community said their final goodbyes to their 6 year old daughter. Katie just had more illness than modern medicine and prayer could fix. How do you move forward from this devastating loss? I do not know, but her family has amazed me through the years with their gracious ways and I have no doubt they will indeed move forward. But for now, prayers for the Murphy family is all I can offer.
For my 3 friends that I dedicate this post to, my family and I send you our heartfelt sympathies...hoping you draw comfort from the loving support of those of us who love you dearly!