This past weekend I attended a celebration of life for one of my sister’s best friends who passed away at the age of 42. This was an unexpected and shocking death to everyone. I’m still in shock as it doesn’t seem real. I had just spent time with her and her family this past summer in Maine and we had a great time together doing yoga on the beach, talking about her upcoming travels, and eating lobster.
She was extremely close to her family, as I am to mine, and I think the thing that hit home the most was that it made me realize what it would be like to lose one of my own siblings. I can’t imagine having to fill that void of having one of your best friends with you one day, and gone the next.
The celebration was attended by more than 300 people and it was a great testament to the person she was. She was a big deal in the music industry, and although I knew this as I had interned for her in college, she was so humble and never named dropped. She truly enjoyed being with her family and friends, and it made me realize how lucky I am to have close family and friends in my life.
The thing I was most grateful for this weekend was that I was able to celebrate her life sober, and be there for my sister who was grieving and needed me. It also reminded me how important it is to live every day to the fullest, and spend time with those people who are most important to me.
This journey through life is challenging and has it’s ups and downs, but if it has taught me anything, it’s that even in hard times as long as you surround yourself with the right people you can make it through anything.