I ran across this quote today while I was updating the Random Thoughts database. I'd like to dedicate it to Derek and the nuclear and extended families that he leaves behind. This is a great sorrow. May we have the courage to live our lives with the same passion and fierce determination with which Derek lived his.
Derek, your task is complete. You have ventured on a dangerous journey and now behold the foothills of new lands. It's time for you to rest.
Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.