December 3, 2013.
I wondered what I would do to mark the milestone of yesterday - ten years since we said goodbye to Neil.
His brother put a notice in the paper, his other brother and sister both shared links to it on Facebook. It's so nicely done and here, if you want to have a look. (Those links all have comments, too, if you'd like to read other people's memories of him.) We received notes from a few friends who also keep this date in mind each year.
I wanted to do something, to write something, to find the words to honor his life again, but for some reason, words escape me. I feel simply a quiet acceptance. He was an important part of my life for a long time and will never be forgotten. I believe that he would be pleased by the way we have carried on living and loving.
It is important to remember. It is a good thing to honor loved ones who are gone. He was loved by many, and I know many are remembering and honoring him now. I believe we all will continue to live our lives changed because we knew him.