8 January 2011

2011 - So Far, Not So Good

This has been a tough week in my neck of the woods.

On Monday, a friend of mine lost her father.  He died of a massive heart attack.  There were no warnings, so no one had a chance for proper good-byes.  It's tragic.

Also on Monday, a colleague of mine was laid to rest.  Marlene was a 31 year old teacher at my school.  She died suddenly of septic shock just after the holidays.  I can't imagine the grief and disbelief that her husband of three years, her parents and her friends are feeling.  I was not close to Marlene.  In fact, I barely knew her.  And that makes me sad.  Sometimes, the pace of life is so quick that we forget to cherish those around us.  I hope not to make that mistake again.

11 comments:

Rose said...

This is sad news and a good reminder "to cherish those around us".

Team Beaglebratz said...

Sudden and unexpected deaths are so difficult to handle and the teacher who was only 31 - both are just so tragic. Yes, we do need to cherish those around us, including our 4-leggers.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I am sorry to hear that death has made some unexpected visits to the people nearest you. And I can understand how this is affecting you...you are right to remember to cherish those near and dear to you. Hopefully, there will be some joy soon to balance the grief...

Maggie said...

Although all deaths are hard to bear, the sudden unexpected is the worse. I lost my mother like that when I was 21 and never took life for granted again. Life sends us reminders of this from time to time. I hope things brighten up for you.

Andrea said...

I'm sorry to hear of the double-dose of bad news. Even when it's not someone close, it can be deeply affecting to lose someone unexpectedly. Two people in my life (a co-worker and a childhood friend I was no longer in touch with) died unexpectedly in the last two years, and I was surprised at how much I thought about both of them afterward.

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry for your losses. You are absolutely right--you can NEVER cherish your loved ones too much. My father passed away, also from heart disease September 24, 2009. My husband passed away January 13, 2004, when my daughter was not quite 3 years old. I STILL forget to be grateful for the loved ones I have in my life. Some lessons I'm just too stupid to learn. The painful void left when someone you're close to never goes away, it just changes, "evolves" in a way.

Vicki said...

It is so tragic, particularly when someone is so young. The wife of a relative died just before Christmas. She was barely 30. Even when they are sick, it is still tragic. We really must try and cherish every day we have.

gMarie said...

Shannon - I'm sorry there the year is starting off poorly. I'm with you on making time for the important stuff in life - like getting to know the people you work with. Hope the month improves. g

Summerset said...

Ouch. Not a good start. I do hope things get better and you're able to celebrate life again with others.

Stacy said...

What an awful week for you to start the year. Definitely some jarring reminders for us all to focus on whatever and whomever are most important to us.

Marie-Christine said...

It's been a massacre around here since last summer as well. There are times like these, we can't help it. Hang in there...