Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Paddled Away. . .



I woke this morning to the news that a dear friend passed away yesterday afternoon, only hours after Pater visited him in palliative care and less than three weeks after he was diagnosed with cancer, less than a month after he'd experienced symptoms.

I mentioned my friend here a few months ago when I recognized, on the blog A Cup of Jo, a painting based on a photograph of his  Mark was modest, but not surprised really, when I told him -- he already knew that his influence as a photographer was widely felt.

I hope he knew how widely his influence was felt as a friend. He was a good one. He will be so much missed by so many. And for the rest of the week, I think, I'm going to close the blog and take some time just to mourn his loss and think and feel its repercussions. We're getting ready for a GrandBaby who's already a week overdue, so we're in an emotional space throbbing right now with sadness and joyful anticipation. Seems time for gathering in. Hug your loved ones. Be sure you're spending your life as best you can. . .

17 comments:

  1. Sincere condolences on the loss of your friend Mater. I had a look at your link - it's so sad how quickly his illness progressed, you must all be in shock.

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  2. My deepest sympathies on the loss of your friend. Take care of yourselves.

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  3. Grieving needs its own time....

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  4. I'm sorry to hear about your friend. Take care.

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  5. I'm sorry - that's very hard. Give yourself the time you need.

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  6. So sorry to hear about your friend. I hope the new grandbaby will bring some joy as you nurture your memories - such a reminder of the cycle ...

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  7. I'm so sorry you've lost a friend, and so suddenly. You've had a bad year for losses. I hope that the baby comes soon.

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  8. Hunker down, light the fires and have early nights. Soon Spring - and the new baby - will be here to help us remember that all darkness fades and light takes its place.
    Will remember to make sure I live my life as well as I can in coming days...

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  9. Compassionate resonance with your post... time to be, await, remember.

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  10. I am at my father's house trying to decide what to keep and what not to keep after his death last fall. I have realized that I never gave myself time to mourn properly, so please take your time. Those who mean a lot to us deserve it.
    Lynn

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  11. Time to reflect and just be in the moment....thinking of you.

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  12. Oh my gosh. So fast. So hard to process. Big hug to you and yours.

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  13. Dear Mater, what a shock! I am terribly sorry for you. You are quite right to close down the blog for the moment. To every thing there is a season – and if this is the time to mourn, take yourself all the time you need.

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  14. Life is just tough sometimes. Hugs x

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  15. A loss such as this touches so many lives - yours because he was your friend and ours because he was your friend. Hugs and kindly thoughts.

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