We leave in a sigh,
or not even that.
Breath ceases,
the shell is spent.

Maybe illness
comes before;
the body lingers,
finishing its chore.

Sometimes death
appears suddenly,
the beat of the
heart cut short
…gone swiftly.

Perhaps in youth
it visits its chosen,
we’re taken off
guard, shocked
and frozen.

Not yet!
Too soon!
We wanted more time!

We thought we had more time…

Our minds go
numb, we ponder
and wonder–why
did this happen?

It’s unthinkable…

This past week, just eight days ago, a 37 year old, seemingly healthy, mother of two young boys died suddenly in the early morning hours.  She had become ill only a few hours before her death.  She was a part of my extended family.  It left us all reeling with the shock of it and her husband, who found her,  is lost in his grief and disbelief.  We paid our respects to he and his family yesterday afternoon at her funeral and a reception afterwards at a local museum and garden.  Rest in peace, Allison… we miss you.

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  1. “Unthinkable” is such an appropriate title. I can’t imagine such a quick and unexpected death. My heart goes out to you and all of her family. Grief is never easy, whether is is prolonged grief of a loved one slowly fading away, or the abrupt, unexpected taking of a life that you thought would be here for a long, long time.


    • I think this is the most shocking thing that’s happened to our family. I can’t stop thinking about her husband and the two young sons she left behind…one only two years old. Thank you, Lorna, for your compassionate words.


  2. I’m so very sorry for your loss, Gayle. I think the ones that go unexpectedly are the hardest because there is no time to ‘prepare’ and live with the grief for awhile. Sending peace, light and love your way and I hope you and her family can find some smiles in the long days to come.


    • Yes, those are the toughest for sure. We’re waiting for autopsy results…hopefully, they will bring comfort…knowing what happened.

      I’m fortunate that I’m not one that is feeling the full brunt of the loss but still it was a shock to us all and I feel great sadness for the immediate family. Thank you for your love and light…it’s much appreciated, Corina.


  3. Androgoth

     /  January 25, 2012

    This is truly sad my great friend
    and one cannot possibly console
    her husband, indeed life has a
    melancholy edge to it sometimes
    especially when someone goes
    well before their time…

    My Condolences My great Friend…

    Androgoth XXx


    • Yes..very sad. I’m fortunate that I’m not one of the immediate family members who have been left reeling with the shock…their grief is overwhelming.

      Thank you for your very thoughtful and kind words for me, Androgoth…I really appreciate them…and you.


  4. Gayle,
    I hated to press the “like” button because there isn’t anything to like about this tragedy but I do like what you have written here.
    This is so sad and shows your wonderful compassion. God Bless all. May you all find peace and comfort for having known her.


    • I understand why you pressed that button, Izzy and I appreciate it. My sadness has been mostly in thinking about those who were so much closer to her and will feel her loss so much more than I do. Thank you for your comforting words for me…very sweet.

      Gayle xoxo


  5. sometimes we wish that death was more considerate. so many people long to die and it evades them and takes away those who are irreplaceable.

    love and hugs


    • Just another way the universe tries to help us with our non-attachment to this physical world. So hard sometimes. Yes, it is ironic how it works at times.



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