At 7:46 pm Dick’s aunt from Texas called my home phone number to notify my mother that her husband (my uncle-in-law) has passed away. Last Thanksgiving holiday Dick’s aunt (fourth child) passed away in Vietnam. In 2007 my cousin died suddenly. And in 2002 my uncle (tenth child) passed away after cancer remissed.
A few weeks ago when Apple founder Steve Jobs passed away among one of the speeches he gave at Stanford University Commencement:
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.