today i went out to meet a customer in his factory; i was informed by his workers that his wife died of cancer 4 days ago and he would be back later in the week. i felt very sorry, emotioally drained, to hear this; he has an unmarried son ( in our part of the world marriages are arranged by parents) and he was very devoted to his wife.
My college classmate's wife also died of cancer within a short span of 8,9 months after her cancer was detected. he had looked forward to a peaceful retired life with his wife; his children are very well settled, both in the usa. he and his wife had amassed wealth through frugal living and good investments; her cancer was detected just after their son's marriage and she is no more. my friend is all alone; a maid helps him. for major part of their lives they had lived apart, she a bank manager and he a nuclear scintist.