One of the people who was very kind to my mother over her last few years was the wife of Rob, my first cousin. Deb often talked to Mum, and visited her several times when she came down to Nova Scotia from Winnipeg, to visit her own blood relatives. Deb and Rob have been together a long time, and I remember meeting her back when the two of them were high school sweethearts in the early to mid 1970s. She kept in touch with me over the last few years as well, via Facebook and its IM function; I was very touched that she did that, and even more grateful for the kindness and obvious affection she held for Mum.
Last week, her younger brother (he was 51) had a heart attack, one so severe they had to put him into an induced coma to keep him going. Everyone knew it was a bad situation, but people seemed hopeful. My brother let me know about it, so I contacted Deb via Facebook, and sent my best wishes her way. However, this evening Mac called to let me know that Deb's family has had to make the decision to take her brother off life support. The brain damage is severe, and they want to be able to offer his organs to people who need them. This was probably not unexpected, given the severity of his situation, but it was still sad news for me to hear. I know that she has always been close with her family, and to have it happen this way - having to make the decisions that they have had to make - makes it even more painful.
I'll try to touch base with her, and let her know that she is in my thoughts and my heart. I wish the news had been better for her.
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