This has been a sad week. Two friends died, one on Monday and the other on Thursday. Both from long and difficult illnesses. For each it was a release from pain and suffering. For those of us left behind, it is a time of loss. The first friend was only a girl of about nineteen. The other was in her sixties. Both before their time.
I'll continue to light votive candles for them in church. I used to light them with prayers for their release from suffering. Those prayers have been answered in ways that we might not have chosen. Now the prayers will be for their eternal peace.