Culturally, it is taboo to be “negative” and talk about death on the first day of Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year. But when it is about someone you know personally, it can no longer the case.
It is not easy when visiting someone terminally ill on a so called “auspicious” day.
How can you wish someone dying “Happy New Year” or even “Gong Xi Fa Cai” knowing very well he is suffering and will never recover to prosper in life?
And at the same time not make him feel as though you are visiting out of pity eventhough you are not.
I am not trying to be a wet blanket on a joyous day but reality hit hard and there can be no pretending.
Whether happiness or sadness, they are only temporal, just like our lives on earth.
For anyone who seeks for a sense of belonging and a place to call home, he or she may be homeless or stateless on paper but God will eventually call him or her home (eternally) to be by His side.
God handpicks the best to be with Him and I like to believe that He tends to take the good ones earlier.
Our lives are beautiful stories of love and sacrifices.
While we are still able, the more we should cherish the time and be generous with our love for others.
Therefore, on this joyous day – the first day of the Lunar New Year, I would like to wish you all much blessings in wealth and health. May we all be blessed with Joy, Love, and Peace.