It seems sadness and tragedy are striking left and right this week.
My daughter's elderly piano teacher lost her adopted daughter a week ago -- just keeled over from a heart attack. This adult daughter had been estranged from the family for many years, and now there will never be a chance to mend fences.
A beloved cashier at a local grocery store died in her sleep. Her cash register was covered with flowers and notes.
A friend who owns a small apartment complex had a much-loved older tenant die of cancer this week.
Several friends reported friends with losses.
Our barn cat, JJ, died yesterday -- possibly of old age. She was a feisty old feral scrapper who adopted us. At least we gave her some security in the last years of her life.
And to our shock and devastation, a dear neighbor's wife went in last Tuesday for routine surgery to correct a partial blockage in her carotid artery, and developed some post-surgical complications that resulted in a stroke. They're still assessing the extent of the damage, but the left side of her body is not doing well. It has affected her sight, speech, ability to walk, and ability to use her left hand. She is starting therapy this week. Prayers for her improvement would be greatly appreciated.