“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” ~Norman Cousins
Have you ever been there?
When someone you love suddenly disappears. When life, within a few seconds, turns upside-down. When your biggest problems suddenly seem like nothing but a drop in the ocean.
I know I have.
It was December 15, 2013. That was the day when everything changed, when her life came to an end, and many others were changed forever. When they first told me she was gone, I couldn’t fully grasp reality.
For a second, I wondered who this person was they were talking about—this person who apparently had the same name as my friend.
Then, the reality sunk in. My heart broke into a thousand pieces.
Being one of the first to find out, I knew I had to be the carrier of the awful news. I had to tell people that someone they loved was gone. She had a lot of friends all over the world, so I made calls to Brazil, the United States, Venezuela, France, and the Netherlands.
Some couldn’t say anything; others cried hysterically. After each call, my heart broke a little more. Hearing the pain and sorrow in others was almost more than I could take. Everything seemed so unreal. One day she was there and the next she was go…