Just two days before Christmas, Carrie Fisher had a massive heart attack. Then, two days after Christmas, we got the news she had passed. Suddenly gone, at age 60. The only good news for her fans is she had finished her parts for the next Star Wars coming out next year. Then, just as we wrapped our heads around another person in her 60s suddenly making her transition, the very next day, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, suffers a stroke and dies. Many are calling this a tragedy. Whether it’s a tragedy or not depends on your perspective.
For Debbie Reynolds’ son and her granddaughter, Carrie Fisher’s daughter, this is a tragedy. They were a tight-knit family. And the passings were sudden for both of them. Todd Fisher will have to plan two funerals at the same time. No one should have to go through that. But, for Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, this is far from a tragedy. Carrie lived next door to her mother. They have a special bond that seems to go beyond even the normal mother/daughter bond. They got to make their exit together. Carrie never had to mourn her mother. Debbie only had to mourn Carrie for a few days. I don’t think there has ever been a parent who lost a child, at any age, who didn’t long to go with that child. Debbie got to go with Carrie. Debbie didn’t have to suffer trying to figure out how to go on without her baby. She didn’t have to figure out what else was worth living for.
Prayers for Todd and for Carrie’s daughter. It’s going to be hard living without those two women in their lives. But, for Carrie and Debbie, that’s the way to go out- together.