My mother passed away this past Tuesday after an extended battle with heart issues. She was 68 years old.
Even though my mother was not in the best of health, this was something of shock. She had open-heart surgery last spring, and for a brief while things looked hopeful. But in the end her heart problems overcame her.
I am going to suspend the blog until the end of March. I need some time to mourn, to get my head on straight.
For a briefly while I had planned to keep the blog going by reposting old content, but I think it would be better to suspend operations for a few weeks instead.
I realize that many of you have also lost loved ones, and I wish you the best in overcoming your own challenges, even as I work to overcome this. Each person—and each person’s love and grieving—is unique.
I had a good relationship with my mother, and there is no major guilt or regret regarding anything I wish I had (or hadn’t) done while she was alive. During her final days, I was at her side for much of the time. I am grateful that I was able to do this. My mother knew how much I loved her.
My only advice to you in this editorial is as follows: Appreciate those who are close to you while they are alive. None of us—or them—is here forever.
May God (in whatever way you conceive that term) bless all of you—and I’ll see you again on April 1.