Life is full of adventures, laughter, tears, fun times, and unfortunately death.
I have recently learned someone very dear and close to me has been diagnosed with a terminal/end stage disease. I cannot and will not treat them any different than I always have, yet I want to do whatever I can to make their last days, weeks, months (hopefully years) full of love, laughter, hugs, smiles, happiness, and reminiscing.
I find myself in quite a perplexing situation as I was asked not to share the newly learned information with anyone we know; however, I believe said mutually known “people” would want to know what this person is facing and that their time on earth is not as long as we would hope.
So, since I have made a promise to keep the “in confidence,” confident, all I can say is tell your family and friends how you feel about them. It does not hurt anyone to let them know daily (while sincerely) that you love them. Take the time and tell them how your life has been enriched by their presence, the jokes shared, or how the sound of their voice makes you smile.
Don’t look at situations as a burden, accept them as an opportunity to do something unselfishly for another.
We truly do not know what another’s life is like, their burdens, their sorrows, what they’re thinking, what they wish. There is no way to fully comprehend as we do not walk in their shoes.
As I have so harshly been reminded over and over again these last many years….our time on earth is so very short and death is so mercilessly final.