I think about death and dying a lot. Not in a morbid way, but because I really believe we can be happier and die better if we're willing to think about it from time to time, and I love to have that conversation with people. That said, while reflecting on the past year, I thought about how many tragic losses we experienced in our community in 2019.
Unexpected or untimely deaths are different... they leave people with unanswered questions and unresolved grief. We experienced a very close, sudden loss in our lives this year. I was grateful for the fact that we had a good visit the day before and that we'd said we loved each other. My New Year's wish for us all is that we remember to say good bye with intention when we leave each other. That we are conscious of beautiful moments, however small they may be. That we hold our loved ones close and appreciate the time we have together. And mostly, that we not let fear of death stop us from living!