neeroc (neeroc) wrote,

Sad Day

Today I attended the funeral of a friend's mom. I couldn't believe how sad and exhausting it was. She was a fantastic woman, who took care of her son incredibly well. Sadly, while the loss of a parent is always hard, this will be a huge impact in my friend's life. She was a rock and a tireless advocate for him. He has cerebral palsy, yet she ensured he was able to attend 'normal' schools, even when the school boards didn't think it could be done. She saw him through uni, and although he's on his own (he has been for quite a while) with his own business, she was always there to support him. Several years ago she designed and built her dream house (it was meant to be the retirement dream of her and her husband, but sadly he passed away before they could realize it). It is fully accessible and was built fully with my friend in mind. Now sadly, with her passing, he will have to determine what to do with the house on the river, as he still has many commitments in the city while trying to start his business.

I don't even really know why I'm writing this, this isn't about me, and I'm not looking for attention, but I guess its really smacked me today how precious the people in my life are. We as his friends are all going to need to step up to fill his mom's shoes. We'll never replace her, but we need to make sure that he is able to do what he needs to in his life. He has tonnes of people and help around him now, but where will they be in a month?

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