Sunday, October 14, 2007

Foggy & Forlorn

This is our weather today. Earlier it was snowing big fat wet flakes. It matches the way I felt after crying at my friend Carolyn's memorial service for 1 1/2 hrs. It was a lovely service. There was one very comforting bright spot in this 2 week long process of grieving for a friend lost. It was a beautiful article published in our Anchorage Daily news by Heather Lende. She lives in Haines, & writes about her life & adventures of living in small town rural Alaska. It's a town not unlike the fictional town in that old TV series Northern Exposure. One of those places where everybody knows everybody else. Actually living anywhere in Alaska is a bit like that. We like to say Alaska may be the biggest state in the union, but it's still a small town. Heather happened to be on a bus heading for Haines the day Carolyn rolled her car, & Heather mentioned seeing this traggidy. We were all thankful that she included it in her story, because that's how we found out that Carolyn didn't die alone. It's a story worth reading.


7 comments:

Rian said...

That was a very poignant article. How fitting that the skies would bring the first snow in honor of your friend.

Allison Ann Aller said...

The article was a true gift to you all...I am so glad you had that, and that you shared it with us too.

MJAPA said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. That is so very sad. Loves to you!

Micki said...

That was a moving article. I hope that it was a comfort in some way for all who knew your friend that she wasn't alone in her last moments. Hugs to you.

Melodie said...

No one deserves to die alone. I still harbor some anger that Mom was alone when she died.
It was a lovely article. The writer is gifted. Made me cry!

Helen Suzanne said...

gives me a shiver reading the article. Your friend's passing is such a sad thing but as you say, at least she was not alone. Wish there were better things to say. Hugs

Ali Honey said...

So sorry that you lost a friend. You have honoured her by writing about her here.Remember her fondly and all the patients she was able to assist and comfort.

Heather Lende writes very well. I loved the part where she mentioned what was showing on the little screen in her head. That is so true and real to me.
I think the weather was sending a message, but that message will change with the weather and I hope you will be smiling again soon.