Received news early this morning while I was blazing along on the North-South highway. An uncle on my mothers side, the second of three have passed on. Two down and one to go. Innalillah and Al-Fatihah is all I could muster as neither the will nor resources availed itself for me to go and pay my last respect. His sons and daughter whom I have not been in touch with since we were kids, I am sure will be there to do the necessary.
Such is the nature of human relations I live in today. Sure, blood is thicker than water but water sustains you, blood will not (unless you are a vampire...). Deep inside, if it was (god forbid) one from my circle of close friends or relatives that passed on, I am certain that I will be able to find the will or resource for the last goodbye.
That said, may Allah bless Pak Teh's soul and may he rest in peace.