My Lovely Sister

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  • #61282
    andie
    Participant

    Julia – I have messaged you via fb, but please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of Susan. Heaven has gained a truly beautiful Angel xxx

    The Next Room

    Death is nothing at all, I have only slipped
    away into the next room. I am I, and you are you.
    What ever we were to each other, that
    we still are. Call me by my old familiar name,
    speak to me in the easy way which you
    always used. Put no difference in your tone,
    wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
    Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes
    we enjoyed together. Pray, smile, think of me,
    pray for me. Let my name be the household word
    that it always was. Let it be spoken without effect,
    without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means
    all that it ever meant, It is the same as it ever was;
    there is unbroken continuity, Why should I be
    out of mind because I am out of sight?
    I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere
    very near, just round the corner. All is well.
    For I have gone to a city where the roses never fade.

    All my love and hugs, to you and your family.

    Andrea xxx

    #61281

    My dear Julia

    I have been checking FB for updates and have only just come on to the CCF forum and seen from your post the news about Susan.

    My heart truly aches for you and for everyone that loves Susan. Everyone here has such wise, kind, and supportive words and I don’t think I have any that would adequately match them … I wish I had, just some special words that would make some sense of all this.

    I have in my mind your picture of Susan on her birthday – she looked so beautiful that day, such a little while ago. Susan’s ‘journey’ is now over, the pain, distress and struggle is now gone – but love is not.

    Through everything, you have shown Susan so much loving kindness. And love never dies … it forms an unbreakable bond, and you will always have that between you …

    Thinking of you

    Helen xx

    http://www.ammf.org.uk

    #61280
    gavin
    Moderator

    Dear Julia,

    I am so very very sorry indeed to hear of Susan’s passing. She fought such a brave and tough fight with you beside her and supporting her all the way. Now she is suffering no more and her pain has gone, may you rest in peace Susan. We are all here for you dear Julia and my thoughts are with you and Nannette right now.

    Much Love and Hugs to you,

    Gavin

    #61279
    deb_
    Participant

    Oh Julia, I am heartbroken for you. And yet I know too that a peaceful death is so vitally important and it sounds like Sue had just that. I hate this cancer so much I want to see it in its physical form and beat the crap out of it.

    I just wanted to briefly comment Julia on what you said in an earlier post a few days ago about “Sue’s demons”. Rest assured Julia that the discomfort and restlessness that occurs shortly before a passing is very normal and it’s not so much distress or demons, it’s a transition from this world to the next. It’s possible that Sue wasn’t even consciously yearning to go home, she was merely transitioning from one state to another. A few days before Diarmuid passed away, he couldn’t get comfortable and was up and down and sighing and moving around. The doctor said to me “it’s not physical, it’s not emotional and it’s not even psychological”. She believed it was the first step in his soul’s journey to a better place. I only mention this so you won’t think that Sue was too distressed.

    Love and hugs for you Julia. May Sue rest in peace.

    “The dead are now in a place where there is no more shadow, darkness, loneliness, isolation, or pain. They are home.”
    ― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

    #61278
    lalupes
    Participant

    Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful – thank you xxx

    #61277
    lainy
    Participant

    Mty Dearest Julia, the Journey is over and Susan is at Peace. Truly, in time, you will be able to remember all the good times you SIsters had and that will outweigh all the rest. My heart is with you.

    Letter from Heaven by 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 shall dwell with God above
    Here, there’s no more tears of sadness. Here is just eternal love.
    Please do not be unhappy 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 He 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 days 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 though my life on earth is o’er
    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.
    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 . . you’re just coming here to me.

    #61276
    Eli
    Participant

    Dear Julia,

    I am so sorry about your loss. Your updates in the last few days have been absolutely heartbreaking. Susan is definitely in a better place now, free of pain and distress. May she rest in peace.

    My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Hugs,
    Eli

    #61275
    pam
    Participant

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry you lost your dear sweet sister.

    #61274
    darla
    Participant

    Dear, Dear Julia,

    Something made me come back here tonight only to find your post. I am truely sorry for your loss, but your words are so true. Atleast she is no longer suffering and is now free. There is some comfort to be had in that.

    I know exactly how you are feeling right now, but as the reality of it all finally sinks in know that we are still all here for you.

    May Susan now rest in peace. All my love to you, your mom and all of those who love and cared for Susan.

    Wish I could give you a big hug and lots of support, but will be sending it to you in my thoughts.

    With Loads of Love & Hugs,
    Darla

    #61273
    lalupes
    Participant

    Thank you, Pam. We’re going to beat this cancer. It’s messed with the wrong bunch of people and broken too many hearts.

    My love to you, Lauren and everyone fighting this disease in whatever capacity.

    Julia xx

    #61272
    pamela
    Participant

    Bless you, dear sweet Julia. May Susan rest in peace in heaven. I am so sorry for your loss. Words cannot express my sorrow for you.

    Love, -Pam

    #61270
    lalupes
    Participant

    Thank you, Janet, Darla and my whole CC Family.

    I’ve just had 2 calls from the Hospice within 45 minutes of each other. The first was to say “Susan has taken a turn for the worse” and the second to say “Susan has just passed away. She wasn’t in any pain”.

    Those of you, my wonderful Family, who know me on Facebook, please do not mention it there yet. I have many people to tell first.

    Thank you for everything you have done for me and for my family since the day I bounced off the walls of Susan’s tentative diagnosis onto this amazing site. We’ve been through so much together, you and I. At the moment I am perfectly calm and am just grateful that she is no longer in pain and is finally free of the devastating distress of being unable to communicate, as her cognitive functions deteriorated. The pain will hit me later. For the moment I will simply let her soul soar free, unfettered by the grief of those she’s left behind.

    Goodnight, sweet sister.

    I love you.

    XXXXXXXX

    #61271
    magic
    Participant

    Dear friend,
    I wish I could be there to help and support you in person,it has been so difficult in this last while…thinking of you all Janet

    #61269
    darla
    Participant

    Dearest Julia,

    My heart breaks for you and your family. I am hoping that Susan will be kept comfortable and calm. Wish I could be there with you, just know that lots of strength, support, love, thoughts and prayers are coming your way.

    Love & Hugs,
    Darla

    #61268
    lalupes
    Participant

    Oh, wow. Thank you for those lovely comments.

    Lainy, Susan loves quality food and fine dining. I reckon she’ll have a good time in Teddy’s restaurant.

    XXX

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