A pause to reflect upon the passing of a friend

After an extremely busy day I was just finishing my Academy webinar recording last night when the awful news came through that our friend and colleague Dr. Anoop Maini had unexpectedly passed away on Monday morning.

There are moments when you remember forever where you were when you “heard the news” – this will be one of them.

Much will be written over the days ahead by those far more qualified to comment on the qualities of this gentle man, who welcomed me to his practice many years ago and who entertained Ashley and I with a lovely podcast just a few months ago.

We will all return to the hullabaloo of our own lives today and the antics on the national and international stage.

As a loving wife and family, a dedicated team, a loyal patient cohort and many industry colleagues begin the long journey of coming to terms with this tragic loss – we on the periphery count our blessings and are reminded that our challenges and irritations are as of naught.

Anoop – your days were well lived.

Look to this day:
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence.
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendour of achievement
Are but experiences of time.

For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision;
And today well-lived, makes
Yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day;
Such is the salutation to the ever-new dawn!



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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.

One thought on “A pause to reflect upon the passing of a friend”

  1. A lovely tribute Chris. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very sad time.

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