My childhood friend Penny died suddenly early this morning. I don't know what happened but she died in Midland, ON and lived in Barrie, ON so I figure they were away doing something. I'm still in shock because of the suddenness of her death but the grief and sadness are starting to come through.
We lived on the same street for a few years when we were growing up and we were fairly close. Her family moved away and we used to write letters back and forth but we eventually lost touch. I never forgot her and kept searching for her. One day a few years ago I found her again on facebook and we reconnected there. She had gone back to school to become a nurse and had recently graduated and found a job.
There are visitations on Friday and the funeral is on Saturday up in Barrie, which is a two or two and a half hour drive from here. Part of me wants to go if the weather is good so that I can pay my respects to her husband and kids as well as her mom.
Four years ago yesterday my dad died. My friend's death on top of that anniversary date has left me reeling. My heart hurts.