Finality is a strange and painful predicament. It came to my best friend Thursday evening July 13th, 2017. I was restless all night and was fighting my fears of what I felt would be her last moments here on earth.

How does one handle the end…of friendship…of memories…of life?

I reflected – as most do when someone close is gravely ill – on all the memories; all the laughter,  all those shared secrets and days of celebration and sorrow. That history seems more precious now than ever.

If you have a treasured friendship, cling to the good times and grasp those special moments. Forget about the petty things and those issues of little consequence.

Celebrate the gift of true friendship while you can.