My dearest cousin, Alane, has passed away suddenly, without warning, passing peacefully in her sleep. She was only 63 years old. She was my closest relative, my best friend, more of a sister than a cousin. Growing up, we spent more time together than apart from the time we could walk all the way through college and marriage and beyond. She was my maid of honor at my wedding. We were there for each other through thick and thin for our entire lives. My heart is broken, and I will be taking some time away. There are no words for my sorrow, the grief is overwhelming.