I got a phone call I had been half expecting to get, but did not think I would get until much later this year or maybe even next year. My elderly friend passed away the other day. I had blogged about her ill health. It finally caught up with her. I am saddened for a number of reasons. One is obviously her passing. The other reason is her fall out with our mutal friend Dee. They had been close for a number of years and their falling out was more my elderly friend not being able to accept her failing health and taking responsibility for taking care of herself. I am saddened because I wonder if my elderly friends resistance to making lifestyle changes contributed to her passing.
I am also distressed with myself as I had not spoken to her in a few weeks, nor had I left a message on her mobile. I had sent a few quick e-mails, to say Hi and to Just Check In sort of thing. I knew she had gone back into the rehab facility and had limited access to her phone and computer, but thought that she would be back out in a few weeks as had been the MO this past year. Not this time. Can you say GUILT? How hard would it have been to take the few extra minutes to make the phone call and speak to the person? Or made the drive to the facility to say hello. Sigh, all I can do now is say a prayer for her. At her request, no service will be held and her step daughters are doing a private creamation. I am saddened by the loss of a person who's company I truly enjoyed. I am going to miss that snarky New England Humor and her New England accent.