Death of parents
Midlife career changes
Midlife life changes
Death of friends
Preparing for death
All of us go through many of these stages in some sort of order.
We all hope to outlive our parents and our children outlive us. Sadly sometimes this doesn’t happen.
We hope to be ready for the stages of our lives but sometimes we have to adjust. Sometimes a stage that should be decades away pops up sooner.
When my Mother was in her mid 80’s she stopped going to funerals. So many friends were dying she could go to a funeral every week and understandably it was depressing her. My Dad who died at 86 outlived many of his friends and played golf with his “B” friends because all his “A” golf buddies were dead.
I assumed I would approach similar situations decades from now.
Unfortunately I have had friends and family out of sequence become ill and die.
My heart is heavy. Is it just that life happens? What philosophy do you use to cope with a change in the stages in life?