“S/he died too young…” Is this before age 100? 85? 65? 45? 25? 15?
Is “too young” before we’ve had a chance to say the Four Most Important Things (Ira Byock) to our friend or loved one:
1. I love you
2. Thank you
3. Forgive me
4. I forgive you
Is “too young” before we’ve seen our children graduate high school or college, before we’ve seen them marry, or see grandchildren born? Before we’ve accomplished our life goals? Before we’ve loved others as we have hoped?
FTD-type brain degeneration strikes individuals between the age 45 and 65. These individuals are typically in the prime of their life, enjoying the benefits of growing older. They and their family members do not expect a rapid decline at this age.
I was one of these family members – shocked – to lose my mother at age 67, to FTD, when I was 35. This experience spurred me to make a difference for other families experiencing this type of loss.
I came to know John Hanlon of Rowley through our Rest.Stop.Ranch Programs in Topsfield, MA. Most recently, he and his wife Collette, enjoyed Fish Tales at our Memory Cafe in the Garden® this past summer 2017.
Please enjoy reading about John Hanlon’s life here:
John Hanlon of Rowley Obituary
Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,