Saturday, December 03, 2005

Being There ...

Doreen lost her mom today.

She called this morning to let me know, and then called again this afternoon. Some moments, she was laughing. (If Doreen were a character on "Sex and the City," she'd be Samantha, so it did my heart good to hear her say the funeral director is "a bit of a hottie.") Some, she was crying. Many, she was silent.

I never know what to say when someone dies. Everything sounds so hollow. But sometimes, you don't have to say anything. You just have to be on the other end of the line. Nothing needs to be said in order for it to be understood. Base human experiences bind us. We all know what it is to lose someone. And in those moments, we need to be reminded that our loss doesn't mean we're alone.

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