The topic of loss has been on my mind since I read this, and now I just lost a close family member. After a couple hours of feeling pretty numb I am very saddened by my loss and my family’s loss. This is the second loss of a member of our immediate family in the last year.
It is amazing that thoughts of personal finance, corporate politics, taxes, savings, etc. just leave your mind when faced with the finality of mortality. I hope that I’ll keep this in mind in the future, and remember that at the end – especially if you’re not terribly religious – there is nothing more precious than the time spent together, and preparation for the future has to include protecting those you love.
We will miss you, all of us, terribly, but we’re happy that you’re free now. And don’t worry, I won’t take any wooden nickels.