I got an email today from my sister that a friend of ours had passed away from cancer yesterday. It was one of those swift cancers, where he died not long after he was diagnosed. My sister knew him much better than I did as they had been friends for 25 years. They went to the same Unitarian Universalist church for years, which is also where I knew him from. He was a super guy, and he will be missed.
My sister said that she saw him the morning before he died, and sang him a popular Unitarian Universalist song called Connections. It has a beautiful thought. It goes like this,
There is something between us that words can't define.
Existing in memory and outside of time.
Though we just can't forget with the passing of days,
There's still a connection that won't slip away.
CHORUS~ We're connected by love, we're connected by life, we're connected by stories and tears in the night. We're connected by memories, connected by friends. Feel deep the connection made strong once again.
I have opened myself to the sound of the lute
and where once I heard chatter, right now I am mute.
Rejecting the noise of the usual hour,
I feel in the stillness this union of ours.
(and then the chorus again)
She said it comforted him she thought. I think it probably did also.
Goodbye my friend, many are going to remember and miss you.