My Mom passed away suddenly early this morning. She'd been sick and in the hospital with influenza and pneumonia, but was released a couple of days ago. My little sister, Tori, had taken her up to her house in Salt Lake City so that she could take care of her and keep an eye on her. What makes it so shocking is that she seemed to have been improving, and had begun painting her rocks again and generally appearing to have been on the mend. She was fine when she went to bed Friday night, but when Tori woke up and went to check on her, she wasn't breathing and felt cold to the touch. I got a phone call from Tori around 9am and I couldn't understand her, she was crying so hard. When I finally got it out of her what she was trying to tell me, I became the one that was crying so hard I couldn't be understood. Neither of us have any savings to speak of at the moment, as her boyfriend's car just blew up, and my 4runner blew a head gasket and ruined the engine in January. I used my taxes and a bunch of overtime to buy a new car, but my insurance is now $180/month and, anyways, long story short, money is tight all around. And thankfully, Tori's boyfriend's family works for an airline, so I got a really cheap round trip flight to Utah, but I only have a couple of days of PTO and I'm not sure how long they're going to need me in Utah. We have to put together a viewing and/or funeral and/or a loving gathering of remembrance and neither of us are in any position to do so. Then, we have to begin preparing the house to either be rented out or sold, plus gather any sentimental objects and photos and files and get them to where they can be stored safely until the house is squared away. Every day I spend away from work is money I can't afford to not be earning. So, please if you can spare it, any little bit will help. And if you are interested in coming to the services, whatever those end up being, please send me a private message and I'll keep you in the loop. I love her so much. I miss her. This is horrible.