Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rest in Peace...

Last week, our community lost a vibrant, effervescent, young woman - a wife, mother, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin, neice, work colleague, friend and best friend. She was just just 41 years old and leaves behind her childhood sweeheart husband and 3 daughters aged 15, 12 and 9. She was a community minded person, a doer, a top chick, a good sort and a lovely lass. She was the life of the party, she loved dancing on tables with her friends at the footy club. I've just been to her funeral where I think perhaps 600 people farewelled her, among the pine trees, tossed by high winds, in a small town cemetery. She worked for us in our business, years ago before she had children. She was loyal, honest, fun, respected and down to earth. Whenever we met up around town, she had a big smile and a G'day, how are ya going? It is so unfair and sad that she has died. I will always remember her when I see red and white balloons (her beloved footy/netball club colours) - children at the funeral let balloons go in the air. Her funeral card had the following verse chosen by her family.
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You can shed a tear that she is gone, or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her, or you can be full of the love that you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live in yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her and only that she is gone, or you can cherish the memory of her, and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back, or can do what perhaps she'd want, open your eyes, smile, love....and go on.
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Rest in peace, Ange!

8 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear this, Joolz. I will pray for her eternal happiness as well as for her family and sweet friends like you as her goodness can live on in others!

    blessing, prayers and hugs,

    marcy

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  2. Joolz, that verse is lovely and every word of it true. At 41 I shouldn't think she'd have wanted to see long faces around her though she would maybe have made an exception just for her funeral day.

    love, Angie, xx

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  3. This will stay with me for awhile. Everything you said about your friend, I could say about mine, right down to the age she left this life. I'll be praying for Ange's family and friends.

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  4. Never easy But so hard when so young and leaving behind what sounds like a gorgeous Family.
    Only the good die young seems to be a very true phrase.
    Rest In peace and peace to you to Joolz

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  5. Sorry for the loos, Joolz, and at such a young age. But I loved the sentiment of this verse! It is good to remember this perspective. C

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  6. Heartfelt condolences are sent your way. What sweet memories to comfort all of you who grieve her loss. Love the verse!
    V.

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  7. Joolz......I'm so sorry you lost your friend. What a fitting tribute you wrote to her and the deeply beautiful verse about how we can look at life and loss.

    I read one that I kept for years that talked about those of us left behind watching that ship sail, yet others are celebrating as they watch the ship loom into view and make its approach. That stuck with me, too.

    I'm very glad you had her. But I'm so sorry she leaves behind her precious loved ones.

    Thank you for your comforting words to me yesterday. They were very much appreciated.

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  8. Hi Joolz..what a sad day for all concerned.I hope her family can find the strength to move on.I hope this weekend is filled with happiness for you,with family.A lesson we all should learn from days like this, is to make time for family,cause you just never know :0)

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