Posted by: Admin | November 17, 2010

Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think…

It’s a peculiar thing when you start to attend the funerals of people your own age and younger. Partly, it’s a rite of passage – you know you’re getting older when the generation above you starts to thin out and you find

Richard Blackwell

yourself an elder. Burying someone younger than you is a facer, though.

Today I will be attending the funeral of my husband’s relative, Rick. At 44 he was too old to have died young, but too young to have died at all. Like many members of our wider family, sometimes we’ve been in touch, sometimes we haven’t and probably we saw more of Rick over the past 5 or 6 years than my husband has since they were children.

Several years ago, Rick fell out of a tree and was paralysed from the waist down for far longer than he could bear. Happily, he recovered and was probably as fit as he ever was. No one knew he had a congenital heart defect. This time last year he was preparing to set off for Dubai where he had a job as Santa. That’s the way I will always think of him: random, fun-loving, fond of a pint.

His brother and sister, my cousins through marriage, are still reeling at the shock of their youngest sibling’s sudden departure, but they are determined to make today a celebration as much as a farewell. Rick’s life was worth celebrating. Hell, for all it’s petty irritations, trials and tribulations, LIFE itself is worth celebrating, every, single day.

Link back to a former post here for the title song.


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