When Double Becomes Single

The doctor entered the room; “Sharon, it’s time to say goodbye, go home, call your sons; I know one lives in New Jersey, I think and the other lives …where?”

Tears flowed as she said, “Denmark so far away; Barry will be cremated…” Sharon choked on her words and said, “I’ll save the ashes for our younger son, Jeff, they were so close” She met his eyes, “Death is so harsh.”  With that, Sharon left to wonder how she’d ever survive without him.

Skype: “Mom what’s up? you never call this early.” Jeff squinted, saw her crying and said, “Oh God, Mom, it’s Dad…he’s  gone, right?”

Through tears, she told the worst news and heard her daughter-in-law, Inge, come running from somewhere in their home.  Jeff felt a crack in his heart where solidity had always been; “we’ll catch the next plane out, Mom; they are lenient with…he caught his breath; a death in the family, Mom, I’ll get back to you.”

“But your dance school, who will take care of it?” “Not to worry because we have the best dancer who takes charge when I’m not here to supervise and Mom, Inge wants to talk to you.” “Mamse, what a terrible loss, know that we love you and soon we be with you,”

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25 thoughts on “When Double Becomes Single

  1. The family may not be close physically, but they’re close emotionally. This snippet struck home for me because I have a son and daughter-in-law in Amsterdam, the same neck of the woods as Denmark.

  2. My youngest son, Paul married a Dane, Eva and they live in Copenhagen. She’s a well-known artist and he’s a dancer, a performer, and teacher, soon to visit as they do twice a year. Can hardly wait! He adored his Dad, kept remnants in a small bottle to spread wherever he performed. Thanks, Ed.

  3. Such a powerful post with feelings of loss. This line, in particular, hit home- “Jeff felt a crack in his heart where solidity had always been.” I felt that when my father passed away.

  4. Such a powerful post with feelings of loss. This line, in particular, hit home- “Jeff felt a crack in his heart where solidity had always been.” I felt that when my father passed away.

    View Comment . Thanks, Karen,for your heartfelt comment. We never lose our grief although we move on. Best always, Charmaine

  5. Charmaine, your snippet really hit me emotionally. I’ve been on the receiving end of that kind of news. First, my dad, then my mom. So hard. You capture the son’s emotions perfectly. As well as hers.

  6. The hardest thing you ever have to do is tell another their loved one is gone. Receiving the news is devastating, but knowing you’re the one to have to inflict that pain on another is just as great in my opinion. Such an emotional snippet, Charmaine. I can tell it was heartfelt.

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