Thank you so much for all the supportive comments and emails. I really appreciate it! The funeral was held yesterday and there were close to 300 people in attendance. My friend's life and death touched so many people.
I just received a very poignant and pertinent email from my friend Debora who lives in another state. Since I hadn't yet told her about the recent events, her email was somewhat of a coincidence (though she's a very intuitive person, so it was probably more than mere happenstance). There were some beautiful pictures signifying life, death, remembrance, loyalty and friendship. At the bottom of the email was the following quote:
"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...it's about learning how to dance in the rain."
I will get back to posting happier things very soon. I have some new layouts and some happy news to share, so I'll be posting again in a day or two.
Enjoy your weekend, and THANK YOU again!!!