無常

After I got home tonight from yoga, my mom told me that her co-worker just passed away. It was VERY shocking to everyone. Even to me, an outsider, this news made me shocked. She was still working last Thursday, took Friday off as a sick day. And today the school learned that she passed away. No one knows the real cause of her sudden death. Her husband was too sad to take more questions.
 
My mom felt very upset about this for the entire day. This co-worker, W, often gave her rides. Even though some people think she is "cool", my mom finds her very approachable and helpful. My mom often told me about the various tips she learned from her, like re-using tofu boxes (her kids study in Waterloo too). She used to give rides to the students everyday. The adults were trying to hide her death from the kids, just saying there would be someone else driving them from now on.
 
I hardly know this person, perhaps I’ve seen her like once or twice? But her sudden departure saddens me a lot… Her younger son just graduated not long ago, she said she would stop working when her son graduated, that didn’t happen… Who would have thought this just happened in a snap of fingers?
 
May we love all those around us, especially those we might have taken for granted…
 
May the Lord have mercy on her soul, and grant peace to her family.
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One thought on “無常

  1. VEN says:

    rosa.. death isn\’t easy to handle, especially through us humans\’ eyes even though we know it\’s inevitable. Life is really really precious, but somehow we are often pre-occupied with earthly things to recognize that. Be there for your mom, pray together, and stay strong! I remember a few months ago when Johnny passed away, I was in a state of shock because we were just at the cottage few days before the incident. I didn\’t quite believe it or knew how to comprehend the whole situation. But seeing how strong his parents were helped me realized that death doesn\’t have to be a sad thing, we have to remain positive to provide support for others and have faith that they are resting peacefully in another place. Take good care. *hugS*

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