So you get the sad news that someone is mourning a loved one, taken so suddenly, and you literally feel it take your breath away. You hurt for them. You don’t know them well, but you can fathom the ripple effect of such a instant loss. You hurt for others that will soon get the news. And you want to hold onto those you love, never forgetting that everything changes so very quickly.

I had wanted to be the one to call and tell him, but realized that she would immediately pick up the phone, not being attentive to the time and his circumstances. I had wanted to call not because I like to share bad news, but I knew it was tough news and I knew that he’d need someone to sigh with him and to let him know you were so sorry to say the words.

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