In Memoriam

Posted by Abdel Kadz on Monday, May 07, 2007 with No comments

It saddens me to hear the news that an officemate passed away this morning after a week-long battle with coma. I do not personally know him. I believe the first time I heard of his name was during the welcome message that our OM had to the newly hired editors. I didn’t really get to put a name to the face as I was seated far from him. This was sometime in September or October. I must have bumped into him every now and then after that.

This must be devastating to his loved ones. What seemed like a rather not-so-serious accident at first (from what I heard, when he was hit by a motorcycle, he was able to report the incident to a barangay outpost), would lead to something so tragic.

I’ve lost two people who are close to my heart, my dad and my younger brother. I missed them both. In fact, every now and then I still think about them, feel their presence still with me, not as ghostly metaphors but imprints in my mind and heart. Everything would have been different if they were still with us. But God has his plans. Letting go might be hard at first, but it’s something that we’ll have to live with. We’re afraid to let go the people who are close to us because we believe that we will no longer be able to see their smile, hear their laughter, feel their love; but the reality is, our loved ones who are now in the arms of our Creator will always be with us.

Dying is something we shy away from, even talking about it is a taboo for some. We never really know when. But, Death, we’re all headed there. I guess the only memento we could leave behind is the kind of life we live and the impact we’ll have on those who will touch our lives in one way or another. I’m sure there’ll be a treasure chest of these memories that Paolo will impart to his family, friends, and co-workers. It would have been great if we all got to share it with him, that way, he will never be just another photograph, another face, another name.

Our prayers are with you.