Death in the Family
We got news today of a death in the extended family. It's a relative that I never met, because of physical and emotional distances that existed long before I joined the family. I had never so much as exchanged an email with this person, or even friended her on Facebook. So it's not like there is any loss to grieve on my own part – and I get the sense that the Wolf isn't feeling much of a loss either. I don't think he really knew her all that well, himself.
But when he cousin reached out to tell us what had happened, we felt very deeply for her.
And knowing the pain she is going through, we are both reliving events of the past. The shock of an unexpected death. The burden of having to arrange a funeral and settle an estate, when you've already got enough on your own plate. Not feeling that you can lean on family. Not knowing just who to turn to. It's a lot to cope with.
My heart goes out to his cousin, and we're trying to help her the best we can. But it just feels like the little we can give is just a drop in the bucket. And I remember feeling lost, and wishing somebody would do more to help us. Dealing with a death is so much more difficult when “family” is really just one next of kin and their immediate household...
So, not trying to wallow in my own feelings here. But I guess feeling rather inadequate. Prayers for those most directly impacted by this loss are most welcome and appreciated.
This is my Family entry for Dawnwriter 's A-W Category Challenge
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