Have you ever received a phone call with the bad news that someone has died?
There are times in our life when disaster strikes or a loved one passes unexpectedly. Do you have a story of an unexpected passing of a loved one?
Yep. One of my sisters died of a brain aneurysm unexpectedly. I got the call while I was at work. Another died of a heart attack; even though we knew she had heart problems, it seemed to be under control with meds; a brother died of kidney failure even though I thought he was in remission.
I think the reaction is first shock. Our minds need a bit of time to process the reality of death, even though it's a common process.
I feel for everyone who goes through this; and almost everyone does at one time or another. I think getting a call about a fatal accident would be worse, though, than getting the call about death by disease/illness....
Yes. My father was on a business trip and he passed away on the plane while he was flying home. The plane made a stop in Puerto Rico and the stewardess discovered him when all the other passengers left the plane. It was one of the worst phone calls I ever received. My mom didn't tell me of his passing over the phone, but our conversation was horrible because of what she did say and the fact that she was crying....all she really said was that she needed me home immediately.
I had just gotten back from a bad day at the hospital, a bad dose of Chemotherapy, followed three hours later by a transfusion. I was sent home to my sisters and brother in law/my best friends', Dennis' house to make it or not. I was sitting there with Dennis and the phone rang, it was at my fingertips as I was just got off the phone with my mother. I answered swiftly and gruffly like my Dennis would have. And heard to my shock that I had died.
Life works that way and then we laugh and then sooner or later we do die. The news is not so shocking as the impact on others.
And then years later I got the call that Dennis had died in his sleep. And I chuckled and thought how he would laugh at such a strange call, for he had not died, but merely began to rest.
Yes, it was 2 in the morning, you know when the phone rings at that hour the news is not good. It was my mother telling me that my brother-in-law had been murdered at his home. Stabbed 18 times by a friend of a guest to a cookout they were having. It happened in their driveway, my sister and her 4 year old son saw it happen. The man had insulted my sister and was asked to leave. No one knew he had a knife when he approached Edward and just started stabbing him.
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