another family member and friend died today and needs to be farewelled... she went into cardiac arrest this morning, but was oxygen-deprived for way too long... all life support is to be turned off tomorrow morning - once her father arrives from queensland...
it was only a few short weeks ago that Maureen, friend of old and 'sister-in-law' - my brother's partner after irene - mother of my nephew Benjamin and niece Jessica - felt ill and went into hospital only to be diagnosed with an aggressive cancer that had moved from her liver to her stomach... such rapidity... she was to turn 51 later this month...
i used this poem by 'anon' when Janis died, but it is beautiful so i will use it again (but such a pity i can't give proper credit for it)...
They are not dead,
those who leave us this great heritage of remembering joy.
They still live in our hearts,
in the happiness we knew, in the dreams we shared.
They still breathe in the lingering fragrance,
windblown, from their favourite flowers.
They still smile in the moonlight’s silver,
and laugh in the sunlight’s sparkling gold.
They still speak in the echoes of the words we’ve heard them say
again and again.
They still move, in the rhythm of waving grasses,
in the dance of the tossing branches.
They are not dead;
their memory is warm in our hearts,
comfort in our sorrow.
They are not apart from us, but part of us, always.