Life is sometimes cruel and unfair. Death is never easy to accept, particularly so when it happens prematurely. So for our good friend Russell the journey is over. His is not going to stretch into old age. His boys will become men without their Dad there to guide them. We all desperately wish it to be otherwise.
Tonight I'm going to love my children just that little bit more, hold them a little more tightly, whisper loudly in their ears how much I love them. Make sure they understand their importance in my heart. And be thankful for another day with them.