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stormie
01-14-2008, 02:26 AM
To anyone who has known the saga of my big sister, Lucy, these past six months, know how she had to be on oxygen and then a ventilator. She struggled to be alive.

On January 12, at 6 PM, two hours after I left her bedside, she died. My heart is broken. She had the most beautiful smile that lit up her face, and as one person who hardly knew her said, "Her beauty from the inside shines through."

I may not be on AW much this next week, as I'm the one planning her Memorial Mass for Saturday. She lived with us (my husband and two sons) for the past six years and it was wonderful.

Here I am, a writer, and I'm at a loss for words. Thank you to all who have prayed for her or sent positive thoughts her way. It truly gave her strength to be with us awhile longer to say her good-byes.

Perks
01-14-2008, 02:31 AM
Stormie, I'm so sorry. How terribly sad. Please know that we're thinking of you. It's wonderful how fondly you speak of her. We should all leave such a legacy.

Take care.

Jersey Chick
01-14-2008, 02:35 AM
Oh, Stormie, I'm so sorry... I'm sending you a lot of hugs to get you through the coming days - :Hug2:

The_Grand_Duchess
01-14-2008, 02:35 AM
I am so very sorry. This is very sad.

Hugs to you and yours.

TrainofThought
01-14-2008, 02:37 AM
Stormie, I am so sorry to hear about your sister. I’m glad you spent the last years with her and her memory will stay alive through you. My heart aches for you. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

Take care of yourself. :Hug2:

SpookyWriter
01-14-2008, 02:51 AM
Condolences. I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

akiwiguy
01-14-2008, 02:55 AM
Wow, so sad for you stormie. Take care.

nerds
01-14-2008, 02:57 AM
The Daisy Follows Soft the Sun

The daisy follows soft the sun,
And when his golden walk is done,
Sits shyly at his feet.
He, waking, finds the flower near.
"Wherefore, marauder, art thou here?"
"Because, sir, love is sweet!"

We are the flower, Thou the sun!
Forgive us, if as days decline,
We nearer steal to Thee,--
Enamoured of the parting west,
The peace, the flight, the amethyst,
Night's possibility!


Emily Dickinson

Fenika
01-14-2008, 02:58 AM
Sorry about your sister.

HeronW
01-14-2008, 02:58 AM
Stormy,

I share your loss. My sister was the best part of my life. She passed from complications of jeuvenile diabetes.

You'll be in my thoughts.

wyntermoon
01-14-2008, 02:59 AM
I'm so sorry, honey. I know she knew how much she was loved, you are the very best of sisters.

Mr Flibble
01-14-2008, 03:00 AM
I don't know you, but you have my condolences. To lose someone you care for is always a horrendous event. One day you'll be able to remember the good things without the pain, I'm sure. Be glad that person existed so that you could know them.

Cold comfort I'm sure right now, but my thoughts are with you.

Silver King
01-14-2008, 03:01 AM
Nothing pains us like the loss of loved ones. Nothing.

God bless you and your family, stormie.

CaroGirl
01-14-2008, 03:02 AM
Oh stormie, I'm sorry to hear such tragic news. The death of one so close as a sister seems incomprehensible. Just so terribly sad.

CBeasy
01-14-2008, 03:02 AM
Oh Stormie, I'm so sorry. I've been absent, so I didn't know about your ordeal. My thoughts are with you, and hopefully you know you can come here if you ever need some comfort. The folks at AW really came through for me in my time of need, and I know the will for you too.

AnnieColleen
01-14-2008, 03:35 AM
:( Sorry for your loss. Praying still for peace and comfort.

Mom'sWrite
01-14-2008, 03:36 AM
Oh stormie-
I knew when I saw the title of this thread that this was a good bye to someone beautiful.

My heart is broken too even though I never knew her.

Her struggles are over now but love remains.

Take it slow, be kind to yourself, come back when you're ready.

Peace.

Arisa81
01-14-2008, 03:42 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

clockwork
01-14-2008, 03:43 AM
My sincere condolences to you, stormie. I can't imagine how it feels to lose a sibling but I'm sure your memories and your sister's spirit will help you through this. Wishing you peace very soon.

Cath
01-14-2008, 03:44 AM
I'm so sorry, Stormie. My condolences.

:Hug2:

Susie
01-14-2008, 03:45 AM
Stormie, our hearts go out to you and yours. She was very special like you are and so hope our prayers and thoughts bring you comfort. You're the best. :Hug2: May she rest in peace.

Foinah
01-14-2008, 03:48 AM
My deepest sympathies for your loss. She knew she was loved and passed in peace. Hold on to that.

If you need anything, your friends here at AW are but a PM away.

rugcat
01-14-2008, 04:25 AM
All of us here at AW feel your pain and loss. May better days overtake you.

Jenny
01-14-2008, 04:27 AM
I'm so sorry. Hugs and prayers for your family. I wish words could help. Take care,

Jen

reigningcatsndogs
01-14-2008, 04:34 AM
I'm so sorry, Stormie. :Hug2: Hugs and prayers for all of you.

imagoodgurl4
01-14-2008, 06:27 AM
I'm very sorry for your loss, Stormie. My brother and I are very close and I know how I'd feel if I lost him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

choppersmom
01-14-2008, 06:32 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss, stormie. God bless, and all of our thoughts are with you.

Haggis
01-14-2008, 06:37 AM
I'm so sorry, stormie. My thoughts are with you.

oarsman
01-14-2008, 06:40 AM
Stormie, I am so very sorry to hear about your sister. My prayers for strength and comfort are with you and your family.

writerterri
01-14-2008, 07:38 AM
Hugs for you, darling. We'll be here for you.

Mandy-Jane
01-14-2008, 09:12 AM
Stormie, I'm very sorry too. I love my sisters and can't comprehend how you would be feeling right now. Take care, and go organise a beautiful memorial.

Gray Rose
01-14-2008, 09:19 AM
I am so sorry, stormie. This is heart-breaking.

P.H.Delarran
01-14-2008, 10:48 AM
I'm so very, very sorry. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

JennaGlatzer
01-14-2008, 11:16 AM
Stormie, my heart is breaking with you. I'm so sorry. It sounds like you were both very lucky to have each other. Wishing you strength.

ona
01-14-2008, 03:24 PM
Very sorry, stormie.

When my Mum died, the only words that gave me any comfort were, "she's a star in the sky now".

quickWit
01-14-2008, 05:04 PM
So sorry for your loss, Stormie. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Peace.

Maryn
01-14-2008, 05:54 PM
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
--Mary Frye

Siddow
01-14-2008, 06:52 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that, stormie.

Little Red Barn
01-14-2008, 07:29 PM
Oh, Stormie, sweetie I am so very sorry. You've been in my prayers and thoughts and will continue to be. :Hug2:

Jean Marie
01-14-2008, 07:31 PM
I'm very sorry for the loss of your sister, stormie :Hug2:

NeuroFizz
01-14-2008, 07:48 PM
Loving never closes doors
and though the room is empty
a breath of essence wedges
between door and doorframe
so we know those we loved
are not lost, but wait for us,
patiently loving us back
from an empty room so full




So sorry for your loss.

aka eraser
01-14-2008, 08:10 PM
It sounds like her last days were difficult and I suspect she was ready to leave. I'm very sorry for your loss but I rejoice that your sister had such a loving, caring sibling.

C.bronco
01-14-2008, 08:13 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

justme
01-14-2008, 08:31 PM
I'm so sorry. You'll be in my thoughts.

Joycecwilliams
01-14-2008, 08:32 PM
I am sorry, is so useless.... losing a love one hurts and everyone grieves differently. I will keep you in my prayers.

It is easy for a writer to be at a loss for words, especially when the death is so close to you. In time you will find the words to write about your feelings, and sister. Don't push it...

hugs
joyce

awatkins
01-14-2008, 11:39 PM
Oh, Stormie. :(

I'm so, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family. *hugs*

stormie
01-15-2008, 07:31 PM
Hi All,

As I read each of your posts, I was so touched with your kind words! It means so much to me. Even though my sister was in long-term vent units for the past six months and not home, the house seems empty now. What I keep telling myself is that she's now free from that ventilator, free from being poked and prodded, free from her body that hindered her from doing as she wished. I know she's watching over me, loving me still. I just miss her smile and her hugs.

My husband and sons have been supportive, even though they grieve too. The Memorial Mass is planned for this Saturday and most of the family will be here. I have chosen the songs that I knew she liked.

Again, thank you. You guys are great!

Here's something sort of strange and funny: One of my sister's friends called and started the conversation by saying why was the mass a week after her death, where was the church, how in the heck was she going to get there, etc. Geez! This also happened when each of my parents died. There was always one person who called me and complained about something to do with the obit or the church or the luncheon or whatever. I guess it's their form of grieving. I was very proud of myself. I stayed calm, not stormy, and just listened.