One of the bad things about getting older is, everyone else gets older, too.
And the people you love the most, who are older than you, who have always been in your life…
…eventually pass away.
And an essential part of your life is now gone.
You feel deeply hurt and, for a while, a little disoriented.
Your constellation looks different now; there’s a star missing.
And it upsets your sense of order. You want all these precious people who have always been here, to always stay here, defying the inevitable, because you don’t know life without them, nor do you want to.
And you know this is how life is; it’s just the natural order of things. But you still hate it.
My wife lost an aunt this week, one that she knew and dearly loved all her life.
Her passing wasn’t that unexpected; she’d been in poor health. But of course, that doesn’t make losing her hurt any less.
I met her 37 years ago, back when my wife was my girlfriend, even before I met my future in-laws. She was a wonderful lady, a terrific sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved her family wholeheartedly, and took care of them the best she could.
I know everyone who knew her will miss her. Like I said at the beginning, letting go of someone you love is always hard, and the older you get, the more letting go you have to do.
And memories, as much as they will sustain you in the future, feel woefully inadequate in the immediate sorrow and grief.
And that’s where family comes in. We cry on each other, hold each other up, affirm our love for each other and for the one who has left.
And we all just go on, considering ourselves so lucky for having known that special someone.
Love you, Geneva. You’re one of the best people I ever knew. Rest In Peace.