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Posted to my Red Squad, but a lesson for everyone.

Monday, November 15, 2010

I'm glad you are all here to keep my mind occupied tonight. Just got word this afternoon that a dear friend and former coworker died unexpectedly over the weekend, leaving her 94-year-old mother to use her lifeline button to get the rescue squad to the house. I collected some things she had left at the office, things she would use again if they ever called her back from being laid off, and took them over to her house tonight. Gave them to her daughters to take care of. They are trying to straighten out everything, but all the paperwork they can find is made out for her mother, not for herself, so they really don't have a clue what she might have wanted done with anything. The only will they could find with her name on it was from over 10 years ago when she lived over in New Hampshire!

I guess the only real lesson here is that life is too short, and we should always expect the unexpected. My girlfriend and I were just discussing when we were going to get together with her for our next luncheon or dinner outing. Now the answer is never.

Hug your loved ones, Squadmates (and SparkFriends). Take ten minutes tonight, tomorrow, or sometime during the rest of this week, and tell them that you love them and miss them. Don't put it off! It may be too late!
This is my challenge to you all for tonight.
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    emoticon emoticon emoticon to my Sister, life is short, things can just happen, you got to live in the moment and enjoy.
    3808 days ago
    I am so sorry for your loss!!!!
    Hugzz ~ Jae emoticon
    3808 days ago
    You are absolutely right. Best wishes be know and emotions and feeling known as well.

    3808 days ago
    I'm so sorry for your loss.A similar thing happened to me with my father.As a teenager i didn't want to kiss my parents goodbye ( too embarressing) but 1 night i gave my father a kiss on the cheeck and my mother too.I don't know what compelled me to do it but my mom and dad was shocked.

    I did this every night i left afterwards my father died a few weeks later imagine if i never gave him a kiss again i would of been heartbroken over something as stupid as embarresment.

    My father died of bowel cancer and i was only 18 at the time now i live my life in his memory and try to keep him close to heart always.He's the reason i get up and exercise even when i really don't want to.I still kiss my mother everytime i leave her just in case because i can still remember what it felt like to kiss my father and that means the world to me.

    The little pet hates are always the things we miss the most remember to always solve arguements quickly as well because it may be too late to say your sorry.

    My heart goes out to you and your friends family remember we are all here for you.

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    3809 days ago
    Hi Laurie,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am sending you a hug right now!

    3809 days ago
    Oh, I know from personal experience how true this all is. emoticon
    3809 days ago
    So sorry for your loss. I agree, life is too short. Never lose the chance to tell someone you love them.
    3809 days ago
    I'm sorry for your loss. Only the Lord knows when our time is up. We need to be ready, but we need to live each day like it's our last. I'll pray for your friends family. An unexpected death is never easy.
    3809 days ago
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    Huge Hug from me!!! Deborah is right...hard to imagine one of us not there because we have died...and we do count on each other to moan,motivate, crow or whine to. It is the wonderful human sharing that makes life worthwhile. Every loss of someone we know understands us, hurts. The message to live in the now is a good one anytime! emoticon emoticon
    3809 days ago
    really makes you think emoticon
    3809 days ago
    Thinking of you and her family too. A very good reminder to me to get things organised in the event that the unexpected happens.

    3809 days ago
    Oh Laurie~
    I am so sorry for your loss. No one ever expects that it will happen to them. This is indeed a lesson we all need to heed. I just expect you will be there tomorrow to email me or to see your name on the boards. What if...it just scares me to think.

    We need to always keep our family and friends close and tell them like you say...THAT YOU ARE IMPORTANT TO ME! I would be lost without you here.

    Very important lesson Laurie, thanks for the reminder. Those words above in bold are from me to you.

    Hugs friend,
    3809 days ago
    emoticon Oh sweetie..I'm so sorry..
    Laurie your right..We never know when our time is coming..ONLY GOD knows,and it is sad that we don't think of this often..Thank you for reminding us we should be kind to each other..Tell our friends,and family how special they are "NOW"..And NOT later..There just might not be a later.
    God Bless you my friend..Christina
    3809 days ago
    Definitely makes us think. Think about the stresses left behind for loved ones. My mother died in an accident, I was in US Brother in Australia, not knowing her wishes was so very hard.
    It is hard to discuss your end of life wishes but it can cause many unfortunate problems if this is not done. Laurie thanks for the reminder, we must update our will.
    I am so sorry you last a dear friend. Pat in Maine is thinking about you tonight. Hugs !!!
    3809 days ago
    I am so sorry for you and the loss of your friend. Life is short - living in the now is important - appreciating where we are and what we are!
    Also a lesson in preparing - wills are necessary for each and everyone of us no matter our age or health. Do it legal and save your family a wealth of pain!
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    3809 days ago
    Makes you think!
    3809 days ago
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