Many people -- some with tongue in cheek -- denounce 2016 because so many famous people died this year.
Well, death is part of life, albeit usually the end of life on Earth.
This year happened to have a bumper crop of A-listers. But let us be serious, many of these deaths were happy endings, not sad.
Nancy Reagan died at 94. She gets to join her beloved Ronnie. Her family misses her of course, but this fact comforts them.
Likewise, while we will miss Debbie Reynolds, she was 84 but she gets to be with her daughter, Carrie Fisher, 60, whose death, while ten years shy of the biblical number nevertheless comes after a productive career as an actress, writer, and advocate of better mental health care,
Antonin Scalia in life was brilliant and a thorn in the sole of every liberal. His death at 79 was timed just right so that he could be a thorn in their other sole as his seat went vacate to allow President Trump to select Scalia's successor. I want the swearing in to be on February 13, the anniversary of Scalia's death.
Gene Wilder's death at age 83 was merciful as he suffered dementia. Likewise the departure of Muhammad Ali ended his Parkinson's.
We celebrate the lives not the deaths of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, prime minister Shimon Peres, author Harper Lee, poet Leonard Cohen, and astronaut John Glenn. The latter was also a senator whose wingman was Ted Williams in the Korean War.
Rock 'n' Roll heaven's helluva band got even more helluva with the addition of David Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey, and George Michael. Emerson and Lake now await Palmer as that band dies in alphabetical order.
TV mom Florence Henderson, and TV dad Alan Thicke got promoted, the latter dying while doing what he loved: playing hockey with his real son.
They all contributed in their way and had good lives. Doctor Donald Henderson as well.
But if their deaths still depress you, just remember: Fidel Castro is going through cigar withdrawal in hell.
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