There was a funeral today for my cousin. Geography and a difference in age kept us from being "close" over the years, but as time marched on it seems now the difference in age wasn't as large.
I had every intention of attending his funeral today. Having a job that takes me away from home one half of each year, decreases my chances by 50% of me attending these family sad events. When my work schedule permits, I like to go to support my relatives. So when this date overlapped with a scheduled appointment I had with a skin doctor, I found I could not attend my cousins funeral, and I feel terrible about that.
My current issues seem miniscule compared with what the surviving members of my cousins family are going through, and that's because they are. I feel terrible I didn't go. I should have found a solution.
Thankfully, my sister travelled the many hours to Buffalo NY, representing the rest of us who could not make it. For that I am grateful.
I hope his family finds the peace that this photo represents....