Death. Is there an afterlife? Is there a heaven? Do our souls find a new home? Are we reincarnated? What is the difference between life & death & how does it work?
The reason I'm all philosophical today is because I just learned that someone I went to high school with was murdered in a suspected attempted murder-suicide. She died, he lived. However, the case is still open & detectives are still trying to piece together what truly happened.
There is a definite difference in the real world versus crimes we see on Law & Order or CSI. On the television shows, they magically catch the guy every time & justice is served. In the real world, it could take months & years before the truth is understood & sometimes it never is. And sometimes justice or closure is never served.
I didn't know this woman very well. I'm not entirely sure I ever met her but I did know who she was. We went to school together. We were even Facebook friends for some time. I met her brother at a party once & we had a conversation which I can't even recall. She was really into fitness & kickboxing & softball; she'd lost a lot of weight & was a positive body image role model.
I stumbled upon a Facebook post about a death right in the city I live in. So close to home & most definitely close to my heart. Right now I'm trying to wrap my head around the fact that she's gone. Her mind, body, & soul cease to exist on this earth.
I feel sad about this person whom I hardly knew, so I couldn't imagine what her family is going through. How they reacted when they first got the call. How they're coping today. How empty their home must feel. Life & death: it all happens so fast. Cherish every moment because you don't know if it's your last.
In honor of KJ, her family, & those whose lives are cut short, hug your loved ones a little tighter tonight. Send your love to your family & friends. Do something kind for a stranger. We only have one life. What will you do with yours?
My questions to you are: have you ever dealt with the death of family, friends, or even someone you hardly knew? What are your thoughts on death & the afterlife? What is one positive change you'd like to make during your lifetime?
Thank you for reading.