Death Is Part Of Life

Debbie Sent A Rainbow This Morning
Debbie Sent A Rainbow This Morning

Death is part of life. It just is. Death arrives all the time. Every day.

Some deaths are a blessing. Some are tragic and break our hearts – so much so that we wonder if our heart will ever heal.

Mostly, I think, it’s the senseless deaths and the sudden deaths that hurt the most and cut the deepest.

Like yesterday.

A Facebook update brought the news that a longtime colleague and friend died yesterday. Apparently, complications from a routine colonoscopy. Debbie was 43.

As I upload a You Tube video from the backseat of the car, in my son’s school parking lot, I’m reminded of how fragile life is, what a gift it is, and how our friends can touch us with the character of their lives.

I’ll post the video here later today probably. I shot it April 1 this year. It’s a Brooks & Dunn song, sung by a young man born with no eyes, and legs that don’t work.

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. My prayers are with you.

    It’s never nice to get the news. But, also very weird to get it through Facebook.

    I’m friends with two people who have since passed away – one a former Glee-Club mate & another a former assistant coach.

    It’s a very moving experience to go to their profiles to see all of the comments & prayers posted to their profiles…

  2. Thanks Craig. Debbie and I worked closely during our time at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. She was a very special person who could make “Magic” better than just about anyone I’ve ever seen – and I’ve seen a ton in 27 years.

  3. How tragic. I recently had a friend pass away from complications of heart surgery. I grieve for the families left behind. My friend was only 52. I’m thankful that I’ll see her again someday on the other side.

  4. Jeff,

    Know that my prayers are with you, your family, and the family of your friend, Debbie.


  5. Teresa, so glad you have confidence in what side you’re heading to. And very sorry to hear about your friend. May God’s Grace and Mercy blanket and comfort your friend’s Family.

    Bob, your prayers are always welcome, always felt. Thank you.

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