Just in my own family we lost my mom, her brother (my uncle), and my grandmother's husband just this past week. On top of that, there are half a dozen friends who've lost one of their parents this year. It feels strange and lonely to be the oldest generation in our family now.
I guess the best thing to take away from losing all these loved ones is to strive to give as much love and support to our families as they did to us. To try to model their humility, sense of humor, and generosity in our own lives. And to remember them. Always.
Here's to hoping 2014 is a year of beginnings, not endings.