...thanks to all who responded to the post about my dad. It's heartbreaking to know there are so many who lost their parents so young.
I don't know. There's no "good" age to lose someone you love. It sucks all around. A kid I work with at L'Idiot ("kid" - he's probably around 21) lost his father to cancer when he was only 4. The CTO at my tech writing job lost his father a few years back, too..and the father was only 54. He was dead 3 weeks after docs found a tumor in his heart.
My friend Zak lost her father after a year and a half with pancreatic cancer. He'd just gone into remission, too (or so they thought) when he went downhill, suddenly and dramatically.
So I know, rationally, that everyone goes through this. Doesn't stop me from feeling like the first person to ever lose a parent.
Stupid emotions. This is why I thought Spock was so damn cool.