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Today I Lost a Friend
Today I Lost a Friend
By Gloria Schmitt
 
Today I learned that a good friend had passed away yesterday.   I had just spoken to his family days ago to find out how he was feeling as he was diagnosed with stage four cancer six months earlier.   His son (my oldest son’s best friend) said they had prepared him for at home hospice and that the doctors had given him 6-8 weeks but that he was resting comfortably.   Three days later he was gone.    As you could expect, my family and I did not take the news well.   John was a kind, caring, generous husband, father, friend and employer who will be truly missed. 
After the tears, his loss got me thinking about the many people who come and go in our lives – even those for just a short period of time - who have touched us profoundly in some way.  With the hustle and bustle of this thing we call life we often forget to tell them how much they have touched us and to reiterate how their kind words or gestures were meaningful.   Tomorrow is not guaranteed, so take the opportunity to show someone they are loved, appreciated, admired, respected and ... more

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