Over the past week or so I’ve been random blog-hopping through the blog rings I belong to. (See further down the sidebar for all that fun stuff.) I’ve come across quite a few blogs that haven’t had new entries in a few months, or a year, or a couple of years. This always makes me wonder what happened to the person. Did they give up blogging? Did they start a new blog somewhere else? Did something worse happen?

Two days ago I came across a blog where the last entry was sometime in November 2003. It was a typical entry, where the woman was complaining about her job, life in general, etc. Strangely there were approximately 40 comments for this mundane entry. Being curious, I started to read the comments to see what the heck people were posting about. My first thought, naturally, was probably a flame war that started somewhere else and spread to her blog. I’ve seen it happen before. But no, the woman had died about a week after the entry was posted. Friends were leaving messages about her funeral and about how much they missed her.

I read a few of the older entries in her blog, but nothing seem to point to the fact that she was ill. It seemed like one day she just died. I was shocked and upset. I mean, it isn’t right for someone young, healthy and alive to just die. And it is more then a little strange to come across this piece of her life, so unfinished, like she will start posting again any day.

This is yet another reason to always tell your loved ones what them mean to you.

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