Now I find one of my oldest friends is gone. She had leukemia that developed a year or so ago, but she went into remission. The last time we spoke, she was planning a trip to Mexico. She sounded great and was in excellent spirits. Now I find that she had to go to the emergency room while there. She came home, but yesterday the leukmia claimed her. I didn't even know she was out of remission so her death was a shock.
Deaths of people close to us make us realize how vulnerable we are, but everyone dies. That's the way of life. It's living without those you love that leaves a big void in the heart. Right now, I have several.