Posted: 21/10/2014 at 20:19
My brother-in-law died suddenly in January, chatting to his wife one minute and gone the next. They had met at 5 years old and lived in the same village all their lives. John was a gregarious individual and got on with anybody and everybody. Village in shock, church full to overflowing. A week later my son-in-law was rushed off to hospital in dire straits. It was 3 weeks of constant effort before we knew he had a chance of surviving although no idea of the long term effects if he did. 7 months later he's doing OK but still with constant monitoring. Chance saved him really as a change over of consultants meant one who recognised what the problem was and an immediate operation meant Iain had some hope (or rather we had some hope as Iain knew nothing about any of it for quite some time). My brother died in June having had an op which they assured him was successful. This month a 60 year old long time friend and a village stalwart died by his wife's side, like John, completely unexpectedly. Again a village was in shock, nobody could believe it as he was part and parcel of most people's lives. The church was overflowing as was the village hall and I suppose it will sink in eventually that David really has gone. I remember Aberfan and Kennedy and so many other disasters including war. I haven't lost the connection with real people or events.