My friend's mother died today.
She had a heart attack, was on the mend, and then died. I don't know the details of it, but I know how much my friend is hurting right now.
My mom died 7 and a half years ago. And it still hurts, every day. And I wish there was something I could do for my friend. My heart aches to know that she has to go through this, because it's so hard. So very hard.
I know that she is angry because she is here, in France, and wasn't there with her mom. That seems to be often the issue with expats--that they feel guilty and angry because they aren't physically there when something bad happens at home. I was angry that I was home across town, and not at the hospital, when Mom died. But it doesn't matter, it really wouldn't have made anything better. We need a reason to be angry because we are angry.
Because she's gone.
And no matter where you are or what you do, you are powerless. And in pain.
And it hurts.