I lost a dear friend a couple weeks ago. Actually, "dear friend" trivializes the depth and significance of the relationship (as it does all of the most significant relationships in my life. They are always more than dear, occasionally more than friends). I will write a tribute to him when the time is right. He deserves no less. .
For those too young to remember the song, you are even younger still to know its source:
3A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace