Some time ago, after a sort-of friend became ill, I posted an article on my ElderCare website about keeping in touch when loved ones become ill. It can be time consuming phoning people with up-dates, it can be heart-wrenching rehashing the news, and inevitably you miss someone.
Sadly, my friend passed away last week, and I was reminded that this is the time of life we are in.
As I approached my 40th birthday, my doctor told me the hardest part of passing the big 4-0 was that it was no longer just your parent’s friends who were dying, your friends start dying at an increased pace. As I get closer now to my 60th, these words are even more true. Reminders of our mortality are everywhere.
The reason for the article on my ElderCare site was to promote a great non-profit service on the web called Caring Bridge. “CaringBridge provides free websites that connect people experiencing a significant health challenge to family and friends, making each health journey easier.”
I won’t rewrite the entire article here but I do recommend you take a look: http://helpmeeldercare.ca/how-do-you-keep-in-touch-when-someone-gets-sick/
I will rewrite my closing sentiments here:
“I hope you never need it, but if you do, you will know what to do.
I’ll close this post wishing you good health!”