Monday, 18 October 2010

Shauna


Tomorrow morning I'm driving south for my cousin's funeral. We grew up and attended school together from elementary all the way through high school graduation. Of course I'm sad to lose her.
Shauna was diagnosed with cancer 3 weeks ago at a stage where there was nothing to do. I had the privilege of spending an hour with her and her family as she lay in palliative care 10 days ago. We laughed and reminisced. As her sister Michelle said, everyone had already cried it out, so there was nothing left to do but laugh it out.
I have to say, if you get the chance to say good-bye: take it. A sweet experience I'm grateful to have had.

5 comments:

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

My condolences Barb. My sincere condolences. I'm so glad you got that chance to laugh and laugh and say good-bye. What a gift to both of you.

Tiffany said...

I'm so very sorry. What a blessing to have the times together that you did. Take care.

Jill said...

Oh my goodness, only 3 weeks! I guess that's good, it gave her time to say goodbye but she didn't have a long time to suffer. I'm sorry for your loss.

melanie said...

What a blessing you had a chance to laugh with her, a beautiful memory to have. Sorry for your loss Barb.

Overblogger said...

I did not know that you were related to Shauna. She taught my nieces and nephew in Stirling where I grew up. I only met her a couple of time but she will be sadly missed. You have my sympathy and thoughts and prayers in your loss. Mark Bore.