Last year I attended the wedding reception of a former colleague and friend of mine. My friend had been married previously but, as he said to me, he had finally met his soulmate. His wife to be had been battling cancer but had, we thought, won the battle. She looked wonderful in her wedding dress and showed no signs of the arduous times that she had endured over the previous couple of years.
I was informed last night that the cancer had returned and that she had passed away on Sunday night.
To say it was a shock would be an understatement. I currently feel shocked, shaken and a little numb.
I never quite know what to do in such events. Should I attend the funeral? Should I just send my condolences?
I'm not entirely sure but, I do know I feel emotionally drained so I can't even begin to think how my friend feels.
A sad day indeed.