To Adolf L. Vischer

Dear Colleague, 21 March 1951

I am sorry I am thanking you only now for your very kind letter of 26.XII. 50.

Your sympathy over the death of my last close friend, Albert Oeri was veritable balm.

One can indeed feel the pain of such a loss without making oneself guilty of undue sentimentality.

One notices on all such occasions how age gradually pushes one out of time and the world into wider and uninhabited spaces where one
feels at first rather lonely and strange.

You have written so sympathetically and perceptively in your book of the peculiarities of old
age that you will have an understanding heart for this mood.

The imminence of death and the vision of the world in conspectu mortis is in truth a curious experience: the sense of the present stretches out
beyond today, looking back into centuries gone by, and forward into futures yet unborn.

With heartfelt thanks,

Affectionately yours ,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters, Vol. II, Page 10.