Business as usual...

A hefty sigh as the email pings and the inevitable reveals. 'Such a sad and difficult time', 'thinking of you', 'did you send a Teams link?' For so few words there is a loud message resonating in my ears 'you're just a number'.

The words are uttered and are expected, yet the sincerity is loudly absent. I scan my eyes over the smattering of words sprawled awkwardly on the page. I scan again. I scan again. Desperately seeking some reassurance that I have got it wrong. I haven't.