The last line of her obit said something like this: Be a little kinder to and more understanding of the people you meet. She will know this, and it will make her happy. What a lovely directive; one to which we should all aspire. Rachel, I'm promising to try and do that from now on. Rest in peace, my friend.
Another friend's mother, I have just learned, had to be placed in a nursing home this week, and the future does not look good for her or her family. As I get older, and hear more often about situations like this, it gets more and more stressful. At this time in my life, I would hope for life to be almost stress-free. I have had my share of it over the years (much of it self-induced, I think.) I'm ready to have it out of my life, but I'm starting to doubt that will ever happen. The old prayer comes to mind..."God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change....."