It’s been ok. From one hospital having blood tests, to an old hospital having CBT counselling and then to another hospital to meet up with some colleagues in a remembrance service for a colleague of mine who sadly passed away early this year, aged 42.
We all sat in a quiet room, with the sun blazing through the windows and the door open so we could all hear the birds singing in the quiet, reflective moments. We all gave our reflections on the departed colleague, and it was a theme running through them that she was rebellious, opinionated, good hearted and did wonderful service in trying to make other people’s lives better. Having that opinionated streak appealed to me and having that altruistic quality of helping others also appealed to me.
So it was two hours of celebration. There were a few tears, but lots of good stories, fond memories and plenty of laughter. That’s what my former colleague would want us to be doing, having fun. And though she was a star that shone all too briefly, that shining quality and legacy will always be with us, whether at meetings and presentations. She was an endlessly positive person and would have been proud to witness and hear what was being said about her today. In life as in death, we celebrated a person that has left an indelible imprint on all our consciences.
I can’t think of a more fitting epitaph than that.