I didn’t know Sam very well; he worked at a different campus and we only saw each other once or twice a year. He had a very rough year (lost his daughter in a terrible car accident in May).
I didn’t attend the funeral; I stayed at work so that my coworkers (most of whom knew him better) could go.
It still makes me very sad. Sad for his wife, his son and his mother, who have dealt with so much pain this year already. I have twinges of pain resurfacing of my own mother’s funeral, and how hard that was… how much harder this must be for Sam’s son - already having lost his sister. So sad.
"The Gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again." - Homer, The Illiad
Go forth! Create, love, lead interesting lives. Take nothing for granted for we know not what lies beyond eternal slumber.