I got some bad news last Thursday that a friend of mine - a colleague and co-worker - lost her sudden battle with cancer. My heart is so heavy right now, I'm not sure what to do to make it lighter. She was about my age, and leaves behind a beautiful young daughter.
She and I talked art, since she too was an artist, and writer, and musician. A brilliant woman, a force to be reckoned with, a heart so kind she lived to help others.
In all honesty, I do believe in continuing life after we experience death on earth. I believe vehemently that our journey has only just begun, and experiencing life as a human on this planet is the great kick-off to a long and wondrous journey finding our way back home. I don't know how to justify this feeling, only that I can tell you I just know.
So, when thinking of my friend who has passed into the unknown, I am comforted by my firm beliefs. I am not sad for her. I am sad that she will not see her daughter become a teenager, or a college grad, or married with kids. My friend was a loving, nurturing, caring Mom. And she was a loving, supportive friend. That we will not see her again while we traverse this globe is what's devastating.
A light on this earth was extinguished far far too soon. I will miss her terribly.
Peace be with you my friend, and I will see you once again, down the road, when our paths cross again.