My dear friend, Ellen, lost her beloved Cisco today. He died in her arms, from the cancer that destroyed his body but not his soul. He was diagnosed but a few short weeks ago. Cisco was twelve, and was adopted by Ellen just over a year ago. His story can be found here and here.
Ellen, you gave him the best year of his life, a year he would not have had if it were not for you. My heart goes out to you. I cannot find the words to express my sorrow, and so I will just share this verse by Irving Townsend, in The Once Again Prince
We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than
our own, live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable to
accept its awful gaps, we would still live no other way. We cherish
memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary
May your memories help sustain and comfort you while your heart begins to heal.