today will be the first time my sister has had to face her husband’s birthday since he died last year. i find myself wishing that i could be there with her to support her through this difficult time, but i will have to settle for supporting her from a distance.
mary, for whatever it’s worth, i am here for you, grieving with you for your great loss of the man who was your every day partner in every important way, the father of your beautiful children.
it is not fair that he had to leave you so soon. though i cannot take away your pain, i can assure you it will get easier, that brian loves you even in his new life, and that i love you too.
your loving sister,