A thoughtful, moving letter of condolence:
In expressing my sympathy, I would like to leave you with three thoughts: a merciful fate spared Walter further suffering, your love and devotion made his last weeks bearable, and he made the most of the time he had left.
(from a note by Betsy Carpenter of Los Altos, California, to the New York Times "Science Times" of 29 May 2001. See http://www.his.com/~z/johnson.html for a kind letter by Samuel Johnson, 25 September 1750, to a friend whose mother had recently died.)
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