A few weeks ago my family lost a much-loved man. There was no way to prepare for something so unexpected. By definition, a shock takes your breath away, shakes you to the core and leaves you diminished. The universe has been dented and there is nothing we can do to change that. There will always be a gap where he stood. He was loved and admired by so many, and his absence will be sharp on the fingertips of all who knew him.
Memories flood in of childhood good-times, family gatherings and holidays. A big brother to his sister and also to those of us who didn’t have brothers of our own, a true friend, a cousin, a son, a treasured father and nephew and a beloved husband – so many roles for one man to fill. So many hearts to be missed within.
My heart goes out to his nearest and dearest. They have the steepest hills to climb now. Being far away at times like these is difficult. While we want to offer physical support it will have to be enough to say that we loved him dearly and will think of him always, with laughter, admiration and an abiding gratitude that he was part of our family.