June 16, 2009 at 6:18 am #29490jamie-dMember
I just wanted to let you know that I am still thinking of you and praying for you and your family. May God give you strength and peace during this time.
JamieJune 15, 2009 at 4:41 pm #29489amyleaParticipant
I am so sorry. Please know that we are here for you.
AmyJune 15, 2009 at 3:46 pm #29488rayeMember
I am so sorry and so shocked to hear of Jim’s passing this morning. It wasn’t so long ago was it we were all talking on the phone and full of joy discussing everything we could think of when we were at the Mayo Clinics in Phoenix and Rochester last March.
I don’t know what to say except I’m so very sorry for the loss of your best friend Danielle. I’m at a complete loss for words and upset for Jim’s passing. I’ll contact you when we’ll have more time to talk in the future.
God bless you and your family .June 15, 2009 at 2:35 pm #29487lisaParticipant
I’m so sorry, Danielle.June 15, 2009 at 1:11 pm #29486lainyParticipant
Dear Danielle & Family, we are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing.
A Letter From Heaven by Author Ruth Ann Mahaffey
To my dearest family, some things I’d like to say.
But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I’m writing this from Heaven.
Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there’s no more tears of sadness;
here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I’m out of sight.
Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you
when my life on earth was through.
God picked me up and hugged me
and said, “I welcome you.
It’s good to have you back again,
you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family,
they’ll be here later on.
God gave me a list of things,
that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list,
was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night,
the day’s chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you…
in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth,
and all those loving years.
Because you are only human,
they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry:
it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers,
unless there was some rain.
One thing is for certain, through my life on earth is over.
I’m closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you
and many hills to climb;
Together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
And now I am contented….
that my life was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along the way
I made somebody smile.
When you’re walking down the street
and you’ve got me on your mind;
I’m walking in your footsteps
only half a step behind.
And when it’s time for you to go….
from that body to be free.
Remember you’re not going…
your coming home to me.
*******************************Prayers to you, Danielle and your FamilyJune 15, 2009 at 10:37 am #29485darlaParticipant
It is with such great sadness that I read this post. I share your sorrow & your pain. I know the next days will be very trying and hope that you can take some comfort in knowing that his passing, with all of his loved ones surrounding him was peaceful. Try to remember all the good times & know that he is now in a better place, no longer suffering from this horrible disease. He will be with you in your heart & memories forever. I will be thinking of you as you travel this journey of shock, disbelieve & grief. We are all traveling it along with you and will be here for you when you need us for strength, comfort & support. You and your family have my heartfelt sympathy and will be in my thoughts & prayers.
Love & Hugs,
DarlaJune 15, 2009 at 9:37 am #29484magicParticipant
I hope you will be ok JanetJune 15, 2009 at 8:06 am #29483devoncatParticipant
I am sorry for the sad news. It must be so hard when you are away from home and all the organisation now. I am glad your family was with you and can help you through this time.
My sincere condolences.
KrisJune 15, 2009 at 6:31 am #29482daddysgirl-2Member
Oh, Danielle- I am so very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. How brave and strong you were for him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family now. May you soon find peace and comfort in your loving memories.
JoleneJune 15, 2009 at 6:01 am #29481jamie-dMember
I am so sorry for your loss. I think it was obvious to all who read your posts how deeply you loved each other. I am sure there are others here that can offer more advice having been through it themselves but I offer my heartfelt condolences and prayers to lift you up during the coming days and weeks.
These are lyrics from a song that I love that brings me peace when I hear it;
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
I will rise
God Bless you and Jim and both your families.
JamieJune 15, 2009 at 4:09 am #2409daniellemargParticipant
I am blind with grief. Below is a note written by a dear friend.
Dear friends and family of Danielle and Jim Bell
Danielle has asked me to contact you to give you some news which I hoped never to have had to share, and you would have hoped never to receive.
Following what can only be described as a courageous battle against an ugly strain of cancer, Jim Bell passed away at Sherman House hospice, the Mayo hospital in Phoenix, Arizona in the early hours of this morning, Sunday 14 June 2009.
Jim slipped away with all those he loved around him: his wife Danielle, his daughters, many members of his close family were with him, holding on to his hands, arms, feet, legs and sharing funny and special memories of their life with him as he slowly drifted away from the pain he has been suffering for the past few months and especially weeks. Danielle said that the time was marked by incredible peace and love and sounded calm herself as I spoke to her about 20 minutes ago, although she admitted that the shock has not quite sunk in yet. From my telephone conversations with her, I have also been able to gague that these past few weeks have been full of mutual love and care, gentleness and peace.
I am so very sorry to be the bearer of such sad news, and via such a mundane medium, but Danielle wanted you to know sooner rather than later. It seems the memorial service will be held in Australia, and that the family will be returning there soon. I will let you know what the family decide regarding funeral arrangements during the next 24-48 hours, when Danielle herself has got her mind around all that needs to be done and has told me what they are planning.
Given it will be hard to know where to send cards, I thought I would put together a condolence book for Danielle and the girls, of which I will have 2 copies printed: one for Danielle and the other for the girls. If you would like to add some comments to this, please feel free to send anything you wish to write and any photos or pictures you wish to include. If you would like your entry to appear as hand-written, please write it and scan it as a jpeg file, not more than 7-10 lines of normal writing per page….and I will try and accommodate what you have written as well as I can, no matter how many pages you wish to send. Any special photos, memories, anecdotes and/or words of encouragement are welcome, so that we can celebrate all that Jim was to all of us even during this time of sadness.
Once again, sorry to be the bearer of such sad news. I hope that you will find strength and peace no matter where this message finds you, and that, like so many of us, you will be able to smile through your tears, remembering the amazing person Jim was, and how lucky we have all been to have him in our lives.
God bless you, and more later
(one of Danielle and Jim’s friends from Afghanistan)
Not, How Did He Die, But How Did He Live?
Not how did he die, but how did he live?
Not what did he gain, but what did he give?
These are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.
Not, what was his church, nor what was his creed?
But had he befriended those really in need?
Was he ever ready, with word of good cheer,
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,
But how many were sorry when he passed away.
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