My uncle passed away eight days ago. He was 88 and in declining health. While it was sad, it was not unexpected and I am relieved he is no longer suffering.
Last Friday, everyone kindly gathered at our house after the funeral since I am still on bed rest. There are no words for how great it felt to reconnect with family members I had not seen in a ridiculously long time.
We exchanged phone numbers and I have reached out to people and am getting together for lunch with a cousin and a mutual friend. I am so looking forward to that. I also have a cousin in Florida who I have been talking with on a regular basis and a cousin in California who has invited me to visit once I am sitting up more full-time.
Why do we let life get in the way of connecting with our loved ones? We were not built to be solitary beings. Connecting feels so wonderful that it is actually beneficial to our health, so why not do it more often?
One of the blessings of this healing journey has been and continues to be connecting with so many people— sometimes on line at first, but that often led to meeting in person. While there have been moments of loneliness in the past 14 moments, the times of feeling deeply connected to some amazing souls have far outweighed the feelings of isolation. I know those connections were an essential part of my healing.
Is there a loved one you have not reached out to because it’s been an embarrassingly long time since you last saw each other? Suck it up and do it. I’ll bet you’ll be glad you did.
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