In the last six months I have heard of ten deaths. Of course, one of them is my mother, and many of these recent announcements are not of people I know, but are, for instance, parents of friends, close friends of friends, et cetera. Today I heard the tenth, my friend and former colleague, Marion Trost.
My brother suggested I'm more sensitive to deaths given recent the loss of our mother. This is probably true, but doesn't seem to account for the significant number of people telling me they are losing the people close to them. A friend suggested I was reaching a stage of life where an older generation is dying out. This also may be true, but doesn't account for Marion, or the death of a 21-year old who has been a close friend of my housekeeper, or the death of my friend's near-40 year old best friend from cervical cancer.
There's not much to say, I'm just hoping people would slow down on the dying for a while. I look forward to a good winter.