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RIP Uncle Ken

November 11, 2009

My great uncle passed away Monday night. He had a stroke, and then caught pneumonia in the hospital. His health was up and down for a few days, and then all of a sudden he was gone. I barely knew him, but a death in the family is sad, nonetheless. When my dad called me last night to tell me, I guess I had been waiting for it. I had been following the family email updates, anticipating it. It was both surprisingly wrenching and not at all unexpected. News of the death of an older person tends to be received that way, doesn’t it?

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  1. Julia Bates permalink
    November 12, 2009 4:44 pm

    Went to Sandy Sweiker’s mother’s funeral on Tuesday. Sarah, Sandy’s daughter, is about Justin’s age and lives in NYC and works in the hotel business. Sandy had known for two years that her mother’s health was failing, yet she was hit very hard when the death finally happened. I forwarded Darien a piece on the “Around Life” rather than the “After Life”. Losing anyone puts a hole in the fabric of that continuum that we call our daily context. And yet that person remains in our memories and those memories shape the present. Julia

  2. sarah permalink
    November 12, 2009 8:54 pm

    Bb: Thanks for writing this. I am in the same boat, not knowing Uncle Ken very well at all (mostly I can remember him wearing cool Ray-Ban-esque sunglasses at Grandma’s funeral — random), knowing that he was sick and not doing well, but feeling sad all the same. I think it’s because I think of Fr. Bob and our dads and their siblings, losing a brother and an uncle. Uncle Ken was only 15 years older than my dad, so they were pretty close growing up. I want to get our parents and aunts and uncles together and listen to their stories, even though I’ve heard them millions of times.

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