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Following the death of an elderly friend and neighbor, Cell 2 Soul author, Marla Lukofsky, reflects on being single, living alone, aging, friendship, and how to protect what matters at the end of life.
In her narrative, posted in the Online Journal of Community and Patient-Centered Dermatology, Marla examines new feelings and relevant issues following the death of her long-time friend and neighbor, Enid. Marla reflects upon the ever increasing single, aging population, living alone, and how that may affect their fate in life and in death no matter what preparations have been made.
Marla also questions the current trend to treat this special group as either disposable or invisible instead of appreciating them for the rich human resource they are.
You are invited to follow Marla through her friend’s funeral and view what was left behind. She asks, “Are we any different than that older person we pass by so quickly and dismissively? I am she, she is me. We are they. It’s only a matter of time.”