In my capacity as a life consultant and psychotherapist, a client was referred to me yesterday by his Washington, D.C. doctor. His partner of 15 years caught what at first appeared to be a cold but then turned into a virulent bacterial infection that caused a four week coma and, ultimately, death. Also yesterday I was asked to lead a grief group to process feelings about the suicide of a young man in his 30s. These two deaths serve as powerful reminders of the fleeting nature of life, and underline the importance of living each moment to its fullest.