A very dear and close family friend of my family passed away today, very unexpectedly. He had been battling some serious health issues for the last few years, but about 6 months ago, he was able to have a heart surgery that greatly improved his health and quality of life. He was doing so well that we all thought he would be with us for at least a few more years. Very suddenly his body deteriorated, and within about 24 hours, he passed on.
I can’t bring myself to write much for the next few days. I will be trying to spend as much time with my friend and her family as we can and help prepare for the funeral service.
I have a deep and unwavering belief that this life is not all there is. This is something my friend says to me often. She should know, she has had some doozies of challenges. I know my friend’s husband has passed on to a beautiful paradise. He is free from all the earthly challenges his body dealt with here. Even though I have a strong belief that we all have a spirit and there is more for our existence than just here on this earth, it doesn’t take the pain away, nor the grief of losing someone you loved so very much.
I am not a stranger to death, nor to tragedy, as we have had both touch our family more than I care to have experienced. I appreciate your thoughts and prayers for my friend and her family at this time. I know in time, grieving does lessen, and healing begins. My friend and her family share the same faith as us, and we know we will be with our families long after we have left this earthly realm. This is of the greatest comfort to me when a loved one passes on from this life.
I hope to be back in a few days when I can gather my thoughts. My friend was one of the funniest people I knew. His wife is hilarious too, and I will treasure some of the very good memories and conversations we have all had together.
One thing I do want to share, he was a HUGE Giant’s fan. Many of us believe he held on to see our team win the World Series again! Also, his son came home from college to attend the parade here in San Francisco, and celebrate the win with his family. What a miracle this was, to have this last family time, celebrating, and enjoying being together. Only to have things change like this within 24 hours. Life is full of miracles and tender mercies from a loving Heavenly Father.
I so enjoy those of you who contribute and comment on my blog, and reading all of yours. Many times, because some of you are so fun, and a good laugh can heal many things.
I don’t feel like doing much laughing right now, but I know I will, because little bits of humor are what get me through the dark times. Also, painting, painting is my therapy. I have some projects I can’t wait to share with you. But for now, they will wait.
Love much, -Karen (aka, not Good Time Charlie tonight)