His heart ached as he pondered why. Accepting decisions of others when it doesn't make sense to you and brings such mixed emotions, not only to you but to the younger ones less experienced in the ways of the world, is difficult.
The news wasn't completely a surprise, but that didn't make it any easier to accept. There was the letter that had been sent telling the details, the date, and so forth, but would they really go through with it?
Before it had happened, he had wondered about what additional responsibilities he and his wife might have due to the nature of their relationship with them, and could they handle the extra strain considering the challenging things they were already facing at this time in their lives.
Then the phone call came, the news was given, and it was final.