I found a text message on my phone this morning. My brother-in-law let me know my nephew died lat night. His 49th birthday was less than a month ago.
He is the son of my sister who is in a nursing home because of a stroke she suffered several years ago. She does not yet know.
My brother-in-law will not be allowed to see her until June 2. That is the earliest appointment they will give him. I asked if they could make an exception for the emergency. He said they would not.
My nephew has been sick for years. There was something wrong with his pancreas. It periodically became inflamed causing him a lot of pain. In and out of the hospital.
My sister made him promise her that he would not die. He tried so hard to keep that promise.
When I spoke to him a few days ago I could hear the pain in his voice. He sounded terribly weak. I had no idea that he was going to die.
As we got ready to end our call I said, "You know I love you." He said, " I know. I love you too." I am finding some small comfort in that.