Monday, June 10, 2013


Once again, thank-you for all the kind thoughts and condolences over the past week.

My heart goes out to Greg and Em, who have lost their mother and father both in the past fourteen months.  They had so many tough decisions to make in the past few weeks, but the strength they showed in doing so is a testament to each other and to their parents and extended family.

My heart goes out to their aunt, who lost a sister, a husband, and a brother-in-law in the same fourteen months. 

My heart goes out to the nieces and nephews who have so many family memories bound to Bill and Liz and their welcoming home.

And, of course, my heart goes out to the three remaining siblings-- Mike, Jeannie, and Tom -- and spouses --Shawn and Jean--who have now mourned the loss of two beloved brothers and a beloved sister-in-law.

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
                                                                                                                               Mark Twain


  1. I like that quote by Mark Twain. My condolences to the family.

  2. The quote you shared is beautiful. Sending condolences to this family at this time seems trite, but know that they are sent with sincere thoughts of sympathy.

  3. Once again, I'm so sorry. It's sad when families start to lose siblings.

  4. So sorry any of you are having to go through it. Wish I had a magic wand to wave and make it all better. hugs.

  5. So sad. May peace come to you and yours as time heals this wound. Love and hugs are the best vitamins for healing.

  6. I'm sorry for your loss. It has been a tough year for your family. Things will get better, I hope.

  7. It is my belief we live on through the memories of others. It seems there are many good memories of your brother-in-law.

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  8. My wish for Mike's family is that their good memories sustain them, and with time the loss and hurt will heal.

  9. A family loss touches so many and the ripples of grief spread so far.
    Love the quote by Twain. So very true.

  10. Great quote by Mark Twain. Sorry to hear so many of your friends are suffering through periods of grief.

    I read in a book once, can't remember which one, but the protagonist said that he was at the age where he no longer acquired things in his life, but rather things were being taken away from him...first his spouse, then his friends, then his memories, then his functions and abilities. It is a grim reality...this getting old business.

  11. Oh. I think I missed something.


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