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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The World Looks so Different Today

We had the loveliest West Coast weather here. On a bright and warm star-filled Saturday morning, my darling husband passed away peacefully in his own bed with three of his family around him. There is not a hand book or guide for these things, they happen and you are stunned.


I will love him always: Philip was my best friend for 50 years and my husband for 47. (Photo by Jon Ivins)

34 comments:

  1. So sad, no, no hand books. Stay positive.

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    1. Thank you, Penny, will do that! I made a brief visit to your blog and felt at home almost immediately!

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  2. So Sorry to hear about your loss ,my thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

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    1. Thank you, Roger! I visited your blog and loved the display in the museum. And now I know there is a place called Maun.

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  3. Love & sympathy from your blog-friends, Marie. So sorry he is no longer with you.

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    1. Thank you, Jill! I had your loving support through Philip's long illness and appreciate this note more than you imagine.

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  4. I believe love transcends death, but it is hard. Hugs to you, Marie..

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    1. Thank you, Kelley, so true! I am taking baby steps forward! Hugs, Marie

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  5. Know you are in my heart as you build a new life without your dear Philip. I lost my husband when I was 55 and still miss him very much. Treat yourself well each day as you move forward. Hugs.

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    1. I will concentrate on the life I have to continue, Mary. Thank you for sharing your own story to encourage me. Hugs, Marie

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  6. So sorry to hear your news Marie. Deepest condolences. You are in my thoughts.

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    1. Thank you, dear Jean. Every friendship and kind word means so much during these difficult days.

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  7. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family at this very sad time, Marie. All the love you shared for each other still lives in your heart and will be with you always. Remember that... and smile. I'm sure he would love to see your smile at a time like this.

    When my wife passed away, the happy memories, Faith, and painting all helped sustain me.
    One last but very important thought.....Later on, don't feel guilt about having a good time with friends, family, and life. I feel sure that Philip would be all for it.

    Blessings
    Dean

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    1. Dear Dean,tears flooded as I read every word you wrote and knew that I had to agree. The way you bear your own loss is a good example to follow. Thank you for a lovely friendship. Marie

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  8. My condolences Mary,our loved ones stay with us in spirit even after they depart,this though keeps us sustained. You are a remarkable lady, you started this post with a positive note and that is a big lesson I learned today from you, keep strong!

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    1. Dear Padmaja, I do think the shock in the beginning makes it easier to deal with loss. As time passes, the reality of it all is more difficult to realise.Thank you for your kind thoughts.

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  9. It is one of the most difficult things to go through Marie and to concentrate on all the beautiful things you shared is one of the best comforts. I know you are a strong woman and your positivity will see you through life. My utmost condolences and wishes fro a great life ahead.

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    1. Thank you for your inspiring thoughts, Maree and kind words of sympathy.

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    1. Thank you for your smile this morning, Elizabeth!

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  11. Just stopping by to say I was thinking of you Marie. Hugs

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    1. Thank you, dear Barbara, for this and your kind notes elsewhere. I really feel as if I know my American friends personally, as they have been so supportive.

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  12. oh, Marie, I am so sorry. I have not been reading any blogs because I was so busy with the school year. I looked back at all of your old posts just now. You have done well with your art work and have been strong with your husband's passing. This was such a beautiful post and with such grace. How lucky to have a best friend for 50 years. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you Liana, I appreciate your stopping by and the lovely message!

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  13. I'm so sorry to have come across your news. Thoughts and prayers are with you, and your family.

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    1. Thank you Diana, I appreciate your words!

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  14. Dear Marie,
    I am so sorry for your loss!!! I cannot imagine what you're feeling right now but please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!!!
    Hilda

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    1. Thank you, Hilda! Be assured that I save every message I receive, and will be reading them in a album for many years to come.

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  15. Hi Marie,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. There are no words I know. May our Father welcome him home and hold you close during this time. Take care. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Much love from across the ocean.

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    1. Thank you for the visit and lovely words, Rodney! I really appreciate your kind message!

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  16. Oh my gosh Marie - I've been out of touch for so long and am devastated to hear about Philip. My heart goes out to you and I'm so sorry I'm finding out so late. I have such happy memories of visiting the two of you and how welcome you made us feel. Lots of love.

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  17. Dear Liz, thank you for these kind words. I have been saving every dear message I have received and will treasure yours! How kind Philip always was, and he thoroughly enjoyed your visit and spoke about it often. Today it is two months since we lost him, battling a bit, understandable! Love, Marie

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  18. Marie... I am so sorry to hear this.
    Life will really never be the same as you know.

    Please take care of yourself.

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    1. Thank you, Marian, but yes, then we will have to make a slightly different life. Hugs, Marie

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