My condolences, DD!
I like to remind myself that anyone can go at any time (including our beloved animals), & in that way, keep the surprise factor to a minimum; a good way to do this is to just keep up with the endless unexpected deaths, both human & animal, in the news. I do this for myself, in my own life; I look at the daily unexpected deaths to remind myself how it can happen to anyone at any time. A few recent incidents: the Italian cruise liner overturned, & the young female Olympian skiier (specialized sport, am not familiar with it) who had an accident during practice & died in hospital. Then, of course, is the recent discovery of the 17-yr-old girl's corpse at Sandringham, the Queen's residence, when she & family were there for the Holidays!
I say this to prepare folks/minimize the shock, in a spirit of helpfulness.
Last edited by Northern; 01-26-2012 at 04:12 PM.