Christmas this year was a sad one. Not our sadness. Someone else's. Someone I don't know particularly well, but who I see on a regular basis when she picks up her child from the school where my children go.
Her husband died. Very suddenly, just before Christmas. His heart.
In his forties. Young, kind, chatty, funny, loving and There.
And then he wasn't.
We are all in shock. Such sadness for his wife and child. How DO you start the rest of your life without the person you have chosen to be with for ever?
And how does a little boy get over Daddy never being there again?
It is quite simply unbearable.
I am reluctant to write more as this is their sadness and it feels a little uncomfortable writing about it in any detail.
Send up a prayer for them. Keep them in your thoughts.