I rarely saw formal newspaper
noticesĀ  be they public, births or
deaths, unless expecting the event.

Death notices passed me by, others
told me of deaths, funerals of
friends, family members, co workers.

These days family and friends are
more scattered. I am no longer in
paid employment. I hear of deaths
and funerals less frequently.

I missed two deaths and funerals
I wish I had not missed.

A friend’s husband to whom
she remained attached died after
a protracted illness. She told me
later on, I regret missing his
funeral for her sake.

A former co worker died of her
moderate illness suddenly, other
co workers told me later.

She wasn’t expecting to die,”
one of them told me.
“She was caught by surprise too,”