To lose a loved one in this life is tragic enough, but to lose someone without notice intensifies the loss. A sudden death…no time to prepare, to say goodbye is the worst of all separations. Shock sets in and the family is numb.
Goodbyes are tough enough with anticipatory grief (a grief of expectancy that precedes an actual death) as family members have time to begin to adjust to the inevitable. There is time to make amends, to say what is in your heart and to say goodbye. A death without notice allows for none of this.
Live your life in such a way so that you might offset the pain of death without notice should it come your way.
Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry (Ephesians 4:26 NIV).
Speak the thoughts of your heart as time allows for you never know when the opportunities will be no more.
Do not wait for a funeral to send flowers…give them now.