I lost an old friend today. I can’t say we were close but we shared many things in common. Marc and I traveled together in Up With People from July 1984 to July 1985.
Marc was a beautiful and sensitive person and he definitely lived his life to the fullest. He had a beautiful singing voice and was a talented dancer. He performed for years with Cirque du Soleil before recently becoming ill.
“Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away
into the next room. I am I, and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other, that we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in
the easy way which you always used. Put no
difference in your tone, wear no forced air of
solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Pray, smile,
think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the
household word that it always was, let it be spoken
without effect, without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it
ever was; there is unbroken continuity. Why should
I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am
waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very
near, just around the corner. All is well.”
– Henry Scott Holland