A dear friend of mine lost his mother recently. Death is but a part of Life, but knowing this does not make the event any easier to deal with. But even in the grieving that takes place when this happens, one also celebrates the life that was lived.
The falling of the autumn leaves and this season of change are an especially poignant time to be reminded of the transient nature of life, and my friend has experienced both the beauty and sadness of this moment multiple times in the passing of both his parents during different Fall seasons. And in going though this experience, he has also been blessed with many wonderful memories that come back to him, memories that will always be with him, memories that he shares with his family and friends.
Life does go on, and we will continue to celebrate it even as we remember our loved ones. This one is for you my friend.