Tuesday, December 15, 2009

So alone at Christmas
I used to see Bill at the Cancer Center. He was a very friendly man who kept me company as we waited in the lobby. He was in his 80s when he died just a few weeks ago. For the first time in over sixty years, his wife will be spending the holidays alone. I can't imagine how difficult it will be for her. Eating meals alone. Sleeping alone. No longer anyone to be her constant companion. No one to talk to, to laugh with, to hold.

Should she put up the Christmas tree or just leave it in the box? Christmas will never be the same without Bill's kind smile. All those wonderful days of love and friendship are now in the past. How many wives have lost their husbands in recent years? How many husbands have lost their wives? The holidays will be very difficult for those who have lost their life-long partners. I just hope their kids and other family members will remember them. No one should be alone at this festive (and often painfully sad) time of year.

So lost and lonely

1 comment:

monina said...

Hello Glenn.

I know how the family of your friend feels. I lost my mother and brother to cancer more than a decade ago but the pain of their loss is still with me. muted perhaps but still there. holidays make it keener because i miss them during the opening of gifts.

I am glad to learn that you had another holiday season with your family. i pray that your health remains good and that this year brings you more good things to experience. I look forward to seeing more of your photos.