It reminds me of when someone says they refuse to have a pet because of the potential heartbreak in losing them. If you apply this universally, then it is probably better never to have any family or make any friends.
To Old Age
I see in you the estuary that enlarges and spreads itself grandly as
it pours in the great sea.
~ From: "Leaves of Grass", Walt Whitman
I'm certain that many of my favorite older people and patients are gone now and I was fortunate to have known them.