A couple of years ago, I lost a co-worker and good friend to the impacts of COVID-19. His death was hard to swallow at the time as I had just spoken with him a few weeks prior and we were laughing and joking as we normally would. Then he was gone in the blink of an eye.
Now, another dear friend and co-worker passed away today due to complications from heart surgery. I have absolutely no words. She had reached out to me last week to tell me she was going out on medical leave and would be out of the office from 4-12 weeks. She asked that I help her team while she was out but then I get the call this afternoon (her surgery was this morning) telling me she passed away from surgical complications. I knew her and worked with her for over 22 years. We had a great professional relationship and friendship. I am also good friends with her husband and I cannot even imagine what he is going through right now.
We are only into the start of February and this is already been a very hard year. The loss of a close friend and colleague along with my dog sitting on death’s door. The only comfort I have these days is this journal and even then, sometimes, it’s not enough.
**Sandy – I know we’ve been to hell and back over the years and I hope you are peace**