It signaled the end of one time and the beginning of another. There is an old Native American belief that something goes away before something new can come in. That was my experience 5 years ago as I stood with my friend and her family when their mother passed away.
My life, once again, had become a series of stressful situations and I was not sure what direction I needed to go in. When I found out that my friend's mother was very ill and going into a nursing home I decided to leave my job and go to be with them. I knew there wasn't anything I could do except to be there to support them but it felt like the best thing I could do for them and for me.
What an incredible experience it was to sit and spend my days with a lovely woman at the end of her life. She was not lucid much of the time but she still had vivid memories of her life on the farm and the family she loved so dearly.
At the month's mind I said goodbye to my friends and returned home to begin my life again. It was a beautiful reminder of how precious life really is and that you should not take even one day for granted....