dman's thread touched on something that's been nagging me lateley...
I've never experienced death close up before. I had some great-grandparents pass away but nobody particularly close to me. I guess part of getting older is starting to experience death more and more. Latley it seems to be happening a lot.
My brushes with death latley have been minor (my dog attacked and killed a raccon) to major (very close coworker died from cancer). Another very close friend is fighting breast cancer right now. She's been in remmission for a few months now (inflamatory breast cancer) but it was touch and go for a while. Additionally my wife and I experienced death in a particularly close way earlier this year.
My grandparents are in their 80's and my grandmother is in poor health. My wifes father is 72, while her mother and my parents are in their 60's. I know it's time to start dealing with the fact that they woln't be around forever. Nursing homes, sickness and illness seem to be right around the corner.
I don't really know why I am posting this, what it means, or what discussion I hope it spurs. I don't know, I guess part of "growing up" is dealing with death. I'm in my mid 30's but I have more in common with those in their 40's than those in their 20's (bought and sold houses, carear, car payments, kids, etc) so I guess it's time to recognize and deal with death.