My dearest friend, the daughter of my parents´ friend, died in her sleep Weds. night.
She and I talked about our deceased parents, cozied up in bed together like college roommates, reminiscing about our growing up. She had lost her husband and mother within six months of one another, and suffered a double mastectomy, recently. She was bright, sweet, and kind.
My question is : how do I best cope with losing my parents and the dear friend that I had, who knew my mom and dad, who set me up on dates, who supported my writing, who laughed at my jokes.
How does one manage, the slow creep of those you love, dying?
I am in my 50s but I already feel like 80, with too many people I know, having passed on. She was 68.
As one ages, the losses really start stacking up. How does one cope? We spent a lot of time together, and I want to be careful of not mitigating my grief, because she was just a friend. A beloved friend.