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Celebration of Life.....

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

This afternoon I received a phone call from my childhood best friend. I immediately knew something was wrong. Her sister Phyliss passed away from her short battle with cancer. I never knew she was ill. Questions.....shock .....flooded my mind as I was trying to grasp what Anna was saying. I bought some time as I said....I am so sorry.....are you alright?

Naturally, she wasn't.....and neither was I.

This was Phyliss...someone I looked up too in my formative years. Someone that was only a couple years older than I.

I listened to my friend's pain.....her bouts of depression these last months.....to.......anger....s
hock....denial.

I remember when my father died two years ago from bone cancer. That was a painful death that left us all....helpless. One morning....he woke up and gasped for air and wasn't right after that. It was almost as though he had a stoke of some kind. For 24 hours....his breaths were labored as his mind slept elsewhere. We were there for him....letting him know we loved him. I like to think he knew that....but truth be known.....it was more for us than for him. Outwardly, he was gone.

I remember his last breath. It was long....big......then he was gone and he was ashen. I cannot say it was peaceful......I can say it was quiet as we all realized......he was gone.



For Phyliss.....she had her family gather on her last day.......today......as if she KNEW today was her last. She was weak. She told her parents....siblings....childre
n....she loved them and thanked them for being in her life. She was grateful.

Two different deaths......one...where we tried to comfort my father.......and the other.................comforti
ng her family.


Same results.....same pain........


This weekend...there will not be a funeral for Phyliss. No viewing.

She requested a CELEBRATION OF LIFE.....

Family.....friends.....are to gather....and have good food......plenty of drinks........and reminisce.........

Phyliss stressed that life was way too short......and we should VALUE the time and the ones we love NOW.....for tomorrow may never come.



In time......Anna and I laughed about days gone by....and let the other know how important our past was for it carried us to the present. It is why we are who we are today and who we shall be tomorrow.


I cannot imagine losing a sibling....or a parent losing a child.....or a spouse losing their partner...............


Death is not a noble prospect. Phyliss.......faced her fate .........with the people she loved the most......with all the noblilty one can possibly possess.

Celebration of Life....

Life to Celebrate.........


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