Is it possible for someone to die in his own house unnoticed? Yes, for a day or week until a month probably. But for eight years? It’s tragic.
Have just read a breaking news posted in Philstar about a story of an old woman in Sydney who died eight years ago. Sadly, her death has just been discovered recently. Neighborhood thought she had moved out years ago, leaving the house empty. She would have turned 87 this August.
I ask myself, where are her friends? Her family?
Death in itself is a sad and lonely experience. The thought of your loved one disappearing in a physical world sends impulses of loneliness in your system. We’ll miss them–their company, their smiles, nights of conversation, eating dinner together, and their being there.
Her death is tragic not because nobody noticed it. Her death is sad because nobody cared to look for her. As if she does not exist.
I imagine her youth when she was dating the guy of her dreams. She was once a child caressed and taken care by her mother. She must have attended schools, voted in presidential elections, shouted for joy in favor of her basketball team, and attended parties.
Now she’s gone. Officially. Unnoticed for the past eight years. She did not exist, at least to those who have met her.
If you die would others cry? Perhaps.Will others rejoice? At least they take notice. You exist.
When you were born, they smile. May they cry when you die. May they cry and smile when I die.