Thursday, February 02, 2006

A Friend's Loss

Our good friend Ms. Cornelius of A Shrewdness of Apes has just lost her father due to illness. Even though we all know that dying is part of living, I don't think that there is anything that can really prepare us to cope with the devastating loss of a beloved parent or child.
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.

If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.

Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

John Donne
We'll remember Ms. Cornelius in our thoughts and prayers.
See our latest education-related posts right here.