Saturday, May 24, 2014

On Life and Death


I am generally very private on my blog, but I'd like to share something with you. I apologize for not responding to your emails, not dealing with the Feedburner subscription problem, and my lack of usual posts like Fabulous Friday Finds. For the past month I have been living at the home of, and caring for my closest friend, who died at home in my arms on Thursday morning. Seeing someone you adore die from cancer is something I hope few of you have had to experience. I am back at home now, trying to remember how to find pleasure in the normal things of life again. I will in time, but I needed to let you know what has happened.

33 comments:

sjr said...

So very sorry about your friend, you and her family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Browning said...

Wow, so sorry to hear about this. What a good friend you are! You will see her again in heaven!

The Snyders said...

What a lovely friend you are. I am so sorry for your loss.

Vickie H. said...

Dear one!!!! I am so very, very sorry to learn of your beloved friend's passing. My heart goes out to you & I offer up prayers to God that He will bring you & others who treasured her much needed comfort. You are in my heart.

pattyswells said...

There is some comfort in knowing your friend felt your love, kindness and the compassion of your care. Few people could do what you did, Beth. My condolences on your loss.

eileen lee said...

Sorry for your loss.

Andrea said...

Oh, Beth. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you. Please know you and your friend's family are in my thoughts and prayers.

XOXO,
The Glam Pad

Legal Lioness said...

Sincere condolences to you as well as to your friend's family.

melissabinmo said...

Sorry to hear about your friend. You both were lucky to have had such a great friendship.

judith said...

Thanks for sharing with us all. I realy like the quote you opened your post. I shall save it.
Take ease in knowing what a very friend you have been and with her memory and all of yours.

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Sorry for your loss, Beth.

Lisa Broz said...

The greatest gift one can give is that of a caregiver. Your friend was very lucky to have you help in their process of transition. I am sorry for you loss.

home before dark said...

So very sad and yet the love comes shining through. Wisdom and grace are born from sorrow. The are life's gifts that have to be earned. You have earned them.

Marie Arden said...

So sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. I am sure you were a great comfort for her and she knew how much you adored her. Time helps but the loss never leaves entirely and I think that ,in a way that, is a good thing, makes us take greater pleasure in the people and things in our lives that we love. I hooe you can find some peace in your heart soon.

kayce hughes said...

I am so very sad to hear of your loss. It sounds like you shared an amazing friendship.

John said...

God Bless You, and Your Friend's Family.

HOUDA said...

Toutes mes condoléances à vous ,Beth,et à la famille de votre amie.Nous venons de Dieu et retournons à Dieu.

The enchanted home said...

Beth I am so very sorry for your loss. I recognize that nothing can take away your pain and sorrow but I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers that every day will get a little easier for you. It is devastating but you gave your friend the most treasured gift of all, your love and time.

Nicole said...

I'm so sorry. Sending you love and sending up prayers.

Joni Webb said...

I am so sorry. What a good friend you are. I am dreading facing this or having my friends face this. I am sooo sorry.

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I'm so sorry. You were a true friend. I hope time is able to give you happy memories.

Wendy C said...

Oh Beth, so sorry to hear of your loss of a dear friend. Thanks for sharing with us. Be kind to yourself as you resume your everyday routines. Take care x

Melissa Hebbard said...

Dear Beth, I send to you a big virtual Hug. What a difficult but privileged time being there to ease a dear friend's end journey. It must have been such a comfort for her to be so supported and loved. After such an intense period it must be very hard to adjust to the normality of daily life but we honor those who have gone before us by enjoying life to the fullest and giving back to the world the best that is within us.
Thank you for that beautiful quote and for trusting your heart and pain to us. I hope our replies help to ease some of your grief. Love and Hugs.

Mary MacRae said...

I am so very sorry...
Little Lamb

danetteranee said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Sadly too many of us know that pain you so eloquently speak of. May God comfort your soul.

danetteranee said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. May God comfort your soul.

Alison Fauls said...

My deepest condolences to you and your friend’s family. The extent of your friendship is a story of true grace and with time will give you comfort. You were blessed to have each other.

Junell said...

Bless you. Grief takes its on course & grace will prevail with the generous gift of care you gave your friend. Take care of yourself as you took care of her.

laney said...

...by chance i found this post...my heart aches with you...14 years ago i watched and was with my best friend as she died from cancer...today i am praying for her youngest daughter as she begins her battle with this monster...her mother was a warrior...i was proud to breathe her air...my prayers for you...i am certain you were a blessing...there can be no higher calling...laney

Terry Dierschke said...

Oh Beth, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend. I know there are no words at a time like this, words almost seem trivial. I just pray the memories of your friend will serve you and help you in the difficult days ahead. Take the time to grieve..........

Marty said...

Beth, my heart goes out to you. I feel like I know you from reading CC daily and I am sure your friend appreciated everything you did and you'll cherish those last days forever. Hopefully you'll feel peace and comfort soon... there is power in the blood of Jesus.

Jennifer McCracken said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I'm sure you both were a blessing to each other.

Jaye said...

Prayers for you and your friend's family. Words cannot mend your heartache. Godspeed, my friend.