We received shocking news today. My paternal aunt, who lived just below us at our former house in Tondo, was discovered dead and has been decomposing for about a week now. My brother who slept one night at our old house recalled the tell-tale smell of decay, which he thought was from a dead rat. He screamed and cried upon realizing that it was our aunt after all.
We were never particularly close to her. My paternal relatives are a weird lot. They’re not very close to each other, and are a bunch of recluse, one way or another.
It is such a sad thing to happen, dying alone. I am saddened by the fact that her death remained undiscovered if not for the smell that gave it all away. People’s lives should not end this way.
I pray that she finds peace, wherever her spirit may be.