I know that death is part of our lives. But, it doesn't make it easier to handle when it happens. I just got word that one of our elders plans to join the ancestors soon. She's 90 years old and is in the hospital. She has a number of old-age ailments, as expected. But, the most troubling part of this ordeal for me is that she has said she is ready to die. Wow, I'm not sure how to take that. That's incredible strength and courage. It's also sad--for me. I'm selfish and want all of those I love to stay around me forever. I know, however, that we'll meet again in heaven. Here's hoping she has a peaceful journey. She's definitely must have lived her purpose here with us.