My father in law passed away over the weekend, at the ripe age of 99. A good, long life.
The "end" of something always brings about inspiration, questions, contemplations. At least for me it does. The end of a job, the end of a relationship, the end of a life. I try to make sure I have pen (or paintbrush!) in hand during these times. The best songs were created during difficult times - the most profound paintings were painted, the most meaningful poems were written...you just never know what may bring about your own masterpiece. :o)