Plutarch, Consolation to his wife 1 (608b)
Plutarch is writing to his wife after hearing of his two-year-old daughter’s death.
ὃν ἔπεμψας ἀπαγγελοῦντα περὶ τῆς τοῦ παιδίου τελευτῆς ἔοικε διημαρτηκέναι καθ’ ὁδὸν εἰς Ἀθήνας πορευόμενος· ἐγὼ δὲ εἰς Τάναγραν ἐλθὼν ἐπυθόμην παρὰ τῆς θυγατριδῆς. τὰ μὲν οὖν περὶ τὴν ταφὴν ἤδη νομίζω γεγονέναι, γεγονότα δὲ ἐχέτω ὥς σοι μέλλει καὶ νῦν ἀλυπότατα καὶ πρὸς τὸ λοιπὸν ἕξειν.
The man you sent to tell me about the death of our little child seems to have missed me as he was travelling to Athens; but when I came to Tanagra I found out about it from my granddaughter. So I think her burial will already have happened – and I hope it has happened in such a way as to be least painful to you, both now and in the future.