Our family has suffered another loss, so forgive my morbid post. My husband’s aunt and uncle lost their second son yesterday. They lost his brother 18 months ago. My mind continues to spin with the enormity of it. Our hearts are heavy.
Things I’ve noticed about death:
1. Why is it we only notice or acknowledge the good in people once they’re gone? Why can’t we look at someone while they’re alive and say, Hey – you’re funny and mischievous and you might be the best ball coach there ever was because you loved your players and cared about their little hearts? Why do we wait until someone is gone to appreciate them? How many deaths does it take before we finally wake up and say, I love you, man, and you’re awesome?
2. Why do people, including myself, think we’ve done something wrong when we lose someone? Almost like we’re being punished for not being the best friend or parent or partner. Do we really believe that or are our hearts yearning for any kind of answer or reason for the pain? Because not one of us deserve to lose anyone.
3. I am a person of faith, pretty big faith. God is my father, Jesus is my friend, and I spend a lot of time chatting with them both every day. That being said, I’m in a yucky place this week. I’m ill and sad and just confused. I know death is part of living – it’s a guarantee whether we want it or not. But shouldn’t there be limits? I’m a big believer in fairness – as in one ball team should not win all the time, certain people shouldn’t receive all the attention, that kind of fair. You spread the proverbial wealth. So shouldn’t pain be evenly distributed too? Why do some get dealt so much more pain than others in a lifetime? Spread the stuff out! How fair is it for parents to lose their only two sons 18 months apart? It’s not, and it yanks at my heart and soul in the worst kind of way. In my grief, I don’t blame God because I know life is just a side effect of the world we live in. But dang…
4. The best and oddest thing about death is the way it pulls people together. People cling to each other. It reminds people to love, to share, to remember with clarity things we don’t remember on an average day. Suddenly, memories flood our minds…thoughts of the wonderful things a person did, the silly habits they had, the love they gave to so many. Out of something so horrible, good seeps through. For a little while, we tether to one another. In the worst of times, people cling. Maybe we should be clinging every day, not just on the bad days.
5. Finally, it reminds me that no matter what, one day there’s more. There’s a new life just beyond your last breath – a new body, a new home. Death is just a stepping stone, a step into what’s next. Next will be softer, kinder, and deep in my heart, I just know fairness will no longer be an issue.