As I lose dear friends, as I see the world lose irreplaceable good, I find myself repeatedly thinking of these eloquent words of Thomas Campbell and citing them to comfort others as well as myself: "To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die."
What an incomparable legacy Ruth leaves! No one was as loved and as loving. The world lost a friend yesterday. Neither she, nor the extraordinary love and devotion of Ed, and of her children, will be forgotten. Nor will the grace with which Ruth, Ed, Julie and Aaron handled her last days. If there is dignity in death, they have shown it to the rest of us.