She was full of life, her face always happy. I could not see beyond her skin that her life was coming to an end. My mentor and a good friend. At times when I gave up she was there to let me know it was too early to do so. Then suddenly she dies, just like that?, the death we joked about has taken away my friend, I was afraid to accept, for a moment I prayed to God to resurrect her, I even went to the hospital morgue just to make sure it wasn't her, but it was her. She had truly left without goodbye,then I realised death is a cruel reality, she is no more. Gone too soon, but why, how? Jacky, Michelle, lulu and Nana (her girls),are left behind with sorrow,she was everything to them, ever since their father died. I know how they feel because I have been there before .
Stories are said, has the society ever wondered how those stories they create affect the people close to the deceased?
So what if she was positive? She took her medication because apart from me even her children never knew, it was her but she was managing it. She was at peace with her self.
So what if she had a partner after her husband's death? Are widows suppose to be single for the rest of their lives? Are they not supposed to be happy?
She died soon but we should learn how to let the dead rest in peace. Respect them and not stigmatise their families. Women we should stop being our greatest enemies, we should come together and make things work.
Am trying my level best with her girls, yes giving them a shoulder to cry on, have you ever wondered where orphans or broken hearts go to? If only I had a center then I feel I could be of grate help to them. Am trying to advise them not to close their mums shop out of influence from there relatives and friends, I hope it works.
To my friend Rehab Alouch. May you rest in peace, UNTILL we meet again.