Death is such a difficult thing to deal with, even when you’ve been through it a couple of times. When someone you are close to passes on, you have so many mixed emotions…anger, sadness, and some passing moments of happiness when you think of fond memories. This intermingling of feelings makes it difficult at times, but of course we always do get through it in the end.

For someone who is young, and has never had death present itself in an intimate way as of yet, the first passing of a loved one or close friend can be very upsetting. This is the scenario that we are experiencing today. I received an email in my inbox today, telling me of a young, 15 year old girl that was swept away from the strong current of a stream too full with the rain and snow that had just fallen. She and her brother were playing along the edge, and both fell in. He was able to get to the bank to climb out; she was not. The very sad thing about this 15 year old girl is that she was close friends with my eldest daughter at one time, when we lived in New Hampshire. They did quite a few things together, and seemed to really enjoy one another’s company. After we moved to Ohio, the friendship seemed to wane; the letters that were written became less and less. I don’t think that Katherine had heard from her in a few years now. But she still talks about the wonderful times she had, going to a goat farm, or to the Maple Sugar festival, or whatever. They are fond memories to her, and she still thinks quite fondly of her friend despite the fact they had grown apart. Telling her was not an easy thing…Katherine has never had to experience such a loss. The first time I was met with the death of a friend, I was much older. Needless to say, she is very upset. It’s my hope that at some point she and I can sit down and talk without interruptions. I don’t know if that will help, but I can at least try.

For anyone reading right now, please keep the Henry family in your thoughts and prayers. And, in a smaller way, please keep my Katherine in your thoughts as well. I’m sure she’d appreciate it.

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