We ended the last year with the loss of my husband's younger sister. He is from a family of eight and there are now three of them left.
We lost his parents and three siblings several years ago and a brother in the Korean War. So, we are now down to three. Two sisters and him.
Losing someone to death is never easy. No matter how much better off you think they may be. It is a hole that is hard to fill. There goes some of your past, as well as some of the family past. I have learned that each of us sees things differently, even the exact same thing. So to lose that perspective is a real loss.
I can't say that we are as devastated losing her now, as we would have been twenty years ago, because primarily of the age of us all. Still, she takes with her some memories of us that no one else has. And we have memories of her no one else shares. Sometimes, we should share these memories while we still can. We have a cousin whose wife of 8 years has Alzheimer's and her memories are gone.
Share life, love and memories with your loved ones while you can. Have a happy, memorable, shared 2012.