Over the past 9 months, I have lost four relatives… three aunts and a great uncle (well, cousin but he’s always been Uncle Oscar to me). With each loss, I’ve experienced the expected grief, sadness and contemplation. But as they’ve accumulated in my psyche, along with other news about the losses that friends have been going through… I have realized that the pain of losing family runs so deeply that sometimes you don’t even realize that you’re feeling pain.
Earlier this year, a friend of mine from college was killed. Though we weren’t close — had lost contact over the years since college — the news of his death hit me pretty hard. A few weeks later, two relatives passed suddenly and I was rocked to my core again.
Yesterday I stumbled across the Linked In page of my deceased college friend and I just broke down in tears.