Most of my clients are with me a long time. We get to know each other quite well, at least as far as professional relationships are concerned. That is why I have been very sad that three of my older clients have died this year. Two had been in poor health, and the other seemed hale and hearty when he visited me only a short time before he died rather suddenly.
It is always a shock to lose people we know, even if they are not close friends or relations. The deaths of my clients, all of whom I liked very much and got on with very well, have been a stark reminder that in business as in life, it is people that matter far more than money or material things. Of course good clients help us to have what we need to live a decent life, but business would be miserable without the friendship that it brings.
So I will miss my older lady client, and the two older gentlemen, for that is what they were; and one with such an adventurous life I never knew about until hearing a eulogy at his funeral. And I will remember them.