One of my cousins is dying. Well, he is really already gone, but his body doesn’t know it yet. He had multiple heart attacks last week and suffered so much oxygen deprivation that the damage done was too much for his body to overcome. The doctors weren’t sure about that until yesterday when they did an MRI and saw the extent of the brain damage.
It is remarkable that he has held out this long – and it is remarkably hard to let him go.
He and I weren’t really that close. He is roughly 10 years or so my senior so as kids, that was a pretty big gap. Once we both grew up, we lived in different places and had different lives and really never connected. But there was always the chance that we COULD. Now, that’s gone and I realize that I missed that chance. Of course, by the time you realize something like this, it is always too late, always in hind sight.
I hope that his spirit moves on, beyond the pain and struggle of this life. I hope that he forgives my neglect and that I forgive myself in the end. I also hope that I take this lesson and use it well.
God bless him and his family.