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Death sucks.  No really, it really sucks.

Yesterday we found out that Ron, my father-in-law’s husband, was going to die – later that day.  This happened quickly.  This news really sucks.

Living on another continent, away from family has its ups and its downs.  Today we’re feeling one of the biggest down parts of living overseas – we can’t be there to support the rest of our family.  It’s a bit of a feeling of helplessness.  There’s really not anything we can do about it.

There is a little bit of consolation in the fact that modern technology does allow us to do some things there were never possible in the past – like Skyping into the hospital room, having Ron’s daughter put the phone next to Ron’s ear so we could say goodbye for the last time.

And yet, even this wonderful technology cannot replace being there in person.  It’s just not the same.

Ron was a wonderful and beautiful person.  He is easiest one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life.  I can’t recall a time when I ever saw him angry or upset – it’s just not who Ron was.

There are so many things, so many great things, that I could write about Ron.  And at the same time, there is a great deal of emotion swirling around our home today as we reflect and remember.

Here’s the main thing I want to convey about Ron today.  Ron was loved by so many because he loved to many people, in such an authentic way.  He truly cared about the people in his life and would give anything to help them.  I know this is true for our family and its the reason why our children fell in love with him early on after meeting him so many years ago.

We all loved Ron – you can’t help but love such a person.  We are greatly saddened by Ron’s death today.  We miss him already.  Rest in Peace Ron.  We love you.