Yesterday I found out that a high school classmate had passed away. She had been sick with melanoma. It came as a complete shock to many of us. We knew she had been sick but not how serious it was. J was loved by so many and will be missed.
I wasn’t very close to her but remember her fondly. She was kind to everyone, always had a smile on her face, and had some dear friends who she has kept in regular contact with since elementary school. One of my best friends was close to her and part of that special circle.
My thoughts and prayers are with J’s family. She is survived by her husband, children, mother, sister, and many friends. Some who have known her since elementary school and others from more recent years. J is now a lovely soul in Heaven who will be missed.
As my friend so eloquently said regarding J’s death, when you have someone on your mind and in your heart, they are there for a reason, take the time right at that moment to reach out to them and let them know you are thinking of them. You just simply do not know when the time will come that you are not able to do that anymore. I totally agree.
Life truly is precious and so very short. We don’t know how long we have or how long we have to let someone know we love them. Twenty-five years ago, my paramedic friend Gordon D. advised me to never be a grave hugger, meaning always tell someone you love them when you can and have no regrets.
I have tried to live my life this way but do sometimes forget to do so. And, then surprising news like this brings back the importance of it. I am going to work to make this a priority again.
Cheers to you J! It was an honor to know you. You are loved and missed. Rest in Peace.