Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sad Day

My cousin Joe passed away this afternoon. You may remember I wrote about Joe and his family a few weeks ago.
I flew down to Tampa and drove north to Spring Hill, Florida last month. I've sent good thoughts his way, but I knew deep down he would not be with us long.
The cancer seemed to come out of nowhere and he began to rapidly lose weight. I've stayed in touch with his wife Janet, texting or speaking almost every day. The last few days I stopped asking how Joe was doing because I knew the report would not be good...but I did ask how she (Janet) and the kids were. I knew the answer to that question too.
Joe didn't have a lot of material things. He was in an accident a few years ago and got broken up. I'm sure they struggled at times to get by. But Joe had a loving family, and in my book, that made him wealthier than most.
Joe's moved on now and he's no longer tortured by pain and suffering that is hard to imagine. He is finally at peace. I feel badly for his wife and kids. I know the road ahead will not be easy.
Time will ease their loss but I know there will be an empty place in their hearts that will never fade away.


  1. Sorry to hear about your cousin Joe. Another link is broken in the delicate chain of our lives when some-one leaves us.
    Ms Soup

  2. Anonymous9:57 PM

    Sorry for your family's loss, but even though he is not hurting anymore, i know how much his family is, i lost my dad last summer and the hurt is still there.A lady told me just the other day.. the greater the love the more the hurt.. she is so right.


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