I am in shock. A longtime friend, one whom I spoke with on the phone last week, is gone. I was calling him today to ask him when I could bring to him the treats from the store he had asked me for last week. He sounded odd on the phone that day- not himself. He was asking for things he normally wouldn't ask for.
He had just gotten out of the hospital and was in a facility in the same complex as his apartment. I told him I'd bring his things in a few days. But something seemed very odd.
Today when I called the last number he had called me from, a stranger answered. When I called his home phone, the number had been disconnected. That's when I reluctantly googled his name, hoping I wouldn't find anything.
But google produced a sight that numbed me- an obituary entry.
The man who was like a dear father to me had died and was buried, unbeknownst to me.
I saw him a couple of weeks ago, just before I left to see my dying sister in Boston. I will never forget sitting with him there in his apartment that day. I did not know it was the last time I'd see him, but it was a sad day. I had brought him food which he tried to eat, but his heart wasn't in it. I actually started crying as I sat there facing my friend, even though I didn't know it was our last meeting. We had talked about my sister, and he was very concerned, but his own health was not good either. He told me he was going to die.
I told him I wished he wouldn't.