It does seem like there are too many of these happening. Yesterday I went to say goodbye to a friend/patient who has decided not to seek treatment for his problems and is going to inpatient Hospice today. That is always the hardest thing to do, especially when the person you are saying goodbye to is alert and aware. But we chatted for a bit, he asked about my family and my dogs, and we said our goodbyes. Then I cried all the way home.
Update: My friend passed through the Veil Thursday. We just got the news last evening.