I knew this was going to happen one day soon, but it still poleaxed me. Leaving the name and more details out, but I got this e-mail from my Bishop today. There isn’t any indication that her death is COVID-19 related, but the second paragraph clearly is.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
With sadness I share the news of the death of [name and personal details].
A public Memorial Service will be held at St. Anna’s Episcopal Church in due course as time and conditions permit.
Please keep [her] family in your prayers.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.
That feels way stranger than mostly empty roads on a Tuesday rush hour.
OBTW, I just had to call MSC to update some info for an order. My signoff was totally spontaneous, but I think it will be my go to for a while (Like “You’re my number one customer” in Jingle All the Way):
Stay safe; stay healthy.