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Saturday, January 08, 2005

The frailty of life

As the family gathers for the funeral, one realizes again the terrible pain that all those who have lost family and friends in the tsunami must be going through. In our case the end was a relief from pain and suffering. We will gather for the funeral and interment and there is a sense of closure. For those thousands, particularly the tourists, whose families are too far away to be able to do anything but pray and wait by a silent phone, the agony must be long and there will, sadly in too many cases, not be an answer that will allow closure. Grief is an emotion without bounds of language, race or any of those other barriers which, too often, those seeking power use to divide us. There is, frustratingly, no adequate response that we can give.

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