Everyone gets to die. That’s what I tell my grandchildren. Do not take your friend’s withdrawal to heart. Many animals crawl into their own dens to face their peace alone. I’ve been with many souls who died. Each is unique. Grieve your friend freely but celebrate his life freely as well. His work here is done. He is waiting for you at The Next Thing. Jack in hand no doubt. Those we love are never far.
Trust me on that one.
Great piece. You should always write with your heart- thank you for sharing