“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched, but are felt in the heart.” -Helen Keller
【Reflection】In A Heartbeat
This was first written and shared on Blogger - 17 September 2017.
I took a bow. I was afraid. I didn't dare to look at him - lying in the coffin.
He was well-dressed. And he laid motionless; no longer breathing and in pain. The surrounding air was still and cold. Tears welled up in my eyes as I let out an uncontrollable sigh.
She forced a smile when our eyes met. I could see fatigue in her eyes. Her face sunken, her mind was cold and empty.
"Thank you for being here, today."
Death wasn't kind. It snatched anyone, taking people who were far too young, and far too good. It didn't bothered to distinguish, nor did it pretend to care. Death was so close. So scarily close.
Death has ripped away a part of her, the part of her that was most loved. She would sit there staring at the coffin for hours, for he was gone, forever. The world had gone cold, and possibly she wished that it was her, snatched away.
I couldn't exactly verbalise my thoughts, even as I expressed my condolences. I guess, I tried. I managed to make it there and then, and hoped that my presence did make her feel slightly better - she wasn't alone.
I listened intently as she shared his stories. A part of her must have been hurting, even as she spoke. Her eyes were puffy and red, and a little bloodshot. She embraced the fatigue and stayed strong.
Death isn't kind, yet it teaches - Cherish life, your loved ones, before its too late.
Yet being left behind, hurts.
She closed her eyes and muttered words of prayer. I wished I had the courage to hold her hands and prayed alongside with her.
"He'll always be with us, here." And she pointed to her heart.
With a heavy heart, I had to share that Death brought away the loved ones of a few closer ones recently. I was there, and I tried to be there for them. Most of the time, I didn't know what to say or do. I am sorry if I didn't help much, but I really hope my presence gave you some strength. And so I thought this one is for you. <3
“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” -Helen Keller