Losing Two Siblings in Four Months
That past February I lost my beloved older sister. I was very much her "little brother", a pest growing up I'm sure, but she still doted on me and was an influential figure in my life. For some time our divergent ideologies drove us apart, but in the past few years we enjoyed a reunion and she meant the world to me. I was basking in the glow of our renewed relationship when she passed away. She pretty much "chose" to die, to follow her recently deceased husband by refusing the medical care she needed. None of us can make another person want to live, I had to realize this and let her go.
Just 3 !/2 months later my older brother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died within six weeks. The last time I'd seen him was at the funeral of our sister.
What a difficult year this has been, so much sorrow and readjustment. Our siblings belong to OUR generation, they are not our parents who we expect to pass on before we do. In many cases they were our friends, our contemporaries, and with them we had a special bond that is devastating to lose. Honor the memories, hold them dear, and be grateful for what we shared.