The death of an elderly person, while sad, is part of the natural order of life.
We’re born, we grow up, we grow old, we die.
The death of a younger person is against that natural order.
Parents aren’t supposed to out live their children, young people don’t expect to lose their siblings and their friends.
When the death has come at the end of a prolonged illness like cancer, as it did today for blogger Anna Woolf, there may be relief that her pain and suffering are over. But that won’t lessen the grief of family and friends.
When someone young dies, those close to her lose not just what they had, but the hopes and dreams they would have had for her future with them.
I knew Anna only through her blog. I hope the example of her courage, strength and humour helps those who loved her.
As a member of the Bereaved Parents Club, I hope that they too will learn that, in time, it is possible to be happy again; and to know that a deeper appreciation and enjoyment of life are the most valuable legacy from those we’ve lost.