Sunday, November 06, 2005

the news that I have not been wanting to hear.

My mom just called to let me know that my dear pseudo-aunt, godmother figure and once upon a time my future "guardian if anything should happen to my parents" died of lung cancer today. We knew the news was inevitable, but it's still hard to hear, and I am currently in a state of disbelief. All of the cliches are true for her (too young, too healthy, too full of spirit) and her kids (the ones that are younger but stairstep my brothers and I) have lost a parent. I can't even imagine, and my heart aches for them as much as it does my mom, who viewed her as a sister. The world has lost a kind and generous soul and I can only hope that the heavens are ready for a contageous smile and big heart.

Life is hard, life is short and I am doing my best to remember that life is meant to be lived.


Anonymous Nancy J said...

Remember the joyous times, the love, compassion, the smile...and her spirit will be waiting for you someday.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, Kristen. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

6:35 PM  
Blogger Katy said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. Cancer is such an evil, evil disease.
I will keep you in my thoughts.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Oh Kristen. I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Nikki said...

Kristen, I'm so sorry. I doesn't matter how much you learn about cancer, it still hurts just as much when it takes someone you love.

*big hugs*

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Kristin. It always surprises me though how loved ones stay with us though - I know that she'll live on in your heart. The pain of her death will fade, but what she has given you will continue on...Hugs - Sara

7:34 PM  
Blogger Clara said...

Just wanted to offer my condolences. I'm sorry for your loss.


8:20 PM  
Blogger Norma said...

Very sorry for your loss, Kristen. It's never easy. I'm thinking of you.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I'm so sorry, Kristen. There are no words to ease your pain, but just know that others are thinking of you and are wishing you the best.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Kristen, I'm so sorry. I lost my mom to cancer when I was 29, and I'm thinking of you and your Godmother's kids tonight.

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

I'm so sorry. I'm thinking of you and your family.

9:08 PM  
Blogger claudia said...

My sympathies.

That last line tells me clearly that you are going to be a great doctor.

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Kristen. I'm glad your family had the love and friendship of such a bright spirit. You have my best wishes for healing and peace.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Wishing her family and yours peace and strength right now.

3:41 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

so sorry, take care.

5:19 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

I'm sorry, Kristen. The only way thru this is time. And your last line? True true wisdom that should govern all our lives.

6:44 AM  
Anonymous Carole said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Kristen. And what everybody else said about your last line? They're right. You'll be a great doctor and are wise beyond your years.

7:36 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Sorry for your loss, take care!

9:11 AM  
Blogger margene said...

Thinking of you and sending good thoughts of peace. She will always be with you and that is as it should be. I'm in agreement with everyone else, too.

Hugs to you.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Kristen, I am so sorry.

10:56 PM  
Blogger J. said...


there are no words that describe how one feels when someone they love goes to soon. You are so right that life is meant to lived, no regrets is my motto. Hang in there, warm hugs headed your way.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Kat with a K said...

Kristen, I'm so sorry. You'll be in my thoughts.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Cathi said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss, Kristen. I know that your family appreciates you being there for them.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Oh, Kristen, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace ... and may the rest of us take your last line to heart. Thinking of your families ....

6:24 PM  
Blogger Sandysknitting said...

Damn lung cancer. I am so sorry for your loss. You and her family will stay close in my thoughts.

8:03 AM  

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