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A taste of FAITH, a touch of LAUGHTER.


I just feel like all the stuffing has been kicked out of me.


Two dear ones have just passed away from it, another two wait in the wings. Others gone before, quite recently.

 I’m going to a double funeral in two days, a brother and sister who passed away within minutes of each other. The community will gather.

Two more families left without a loved one. Spouses, children. An entire small community in mourning. Two more families waiting. Hoping.

So much loss lately. So much grief.  Days blur. Prayers, tears. Remembering.

I wrote about these two dear ones, and I will share the words here, since I have not had the heart to write anything else.


❤ Natalie ❤

I knew Natalie for many years from working at the school where she was secretary and from working together on local council. Those were interesting and challenging times.

I learned that Natalie was a woman of much quiet wisdom, a woman of amazing strength, someone who knew how to love, had great patience, hope and endurance in difficult times, an earthy mother figure, a sympathetic, listening ear, a ready and warm hug when you needed it most. I grew to respect her a great deal and to love her.

I won’t forget her face, her eyes (that twinkle), her broad smile, and her gracious manner. I can’t forget the moments we shared. I will remember.

My life is greatly saddened by the loss of this special woman, Natalie, and the fact that I did not get to see her before she left us (cough/cold I can’t get rid of kept me away), but I can and I will treasure the memories I have of her in my heart. It was my privilege and honour to have known her. I will miss her.

Much love and prayers to the family ❤

❤ Natalie ❤


Paul ❤

I am thinking about you. I remember you as a gentleman, a very polite man. A caring man.

I remember your quiet and humble ways, your sometimes shy smile, your gentle sense of humour, and when I “see” you, you are holding up some big old fish you caught and smiling real wide.

I watched you beat cancer once and hoped it would happen again. It saddens me greatly that it was not to be this time. However, your struggle here is over.

Your new life has begun.

I will miss your beautiful presence here…..but I will remember ❤


My heart hurts…..

I’m hanging on to HOPE.

HOPE for an eternity beyond this life.

HOPE for miracles here and now.

HOPE for faith.

HOPE for peace, comfort and the balm of healing in the midst of pain and sorrow.

❤  HOPE  ❤

It’s a journey…..

God be with us…..


AJ ❤




11 comments on “Loss

  1. dettinger47
    January 5, 2017

    Hi Ann. Thank you for sharing your poignant thoughts. May God comfort you in your grieving. You wrote wonderfully of your friends, and this stands as a worthy testimony to the lives they led. But the greatest truth you shared is this: “I’m hanging on to HOPE. HOPE for an eternity beyond this life.” May God comfort you in these days and bring peace to your hurting heart.

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    • annj49
      January 5, 2017

      Thanks for the kind words…..

      So many sorrowing.
      Remember the community of Kyuquot in your prayers…



  2. Elizabeth
    January 6, 2017

    I’m so sorry for your losses, Ann. It’s hard to fathom losing siblings in a matter of minutes. I’m praying for you and for their family.

    Liked by 1 person

    • annj49
      January 7, 2017

      They were siblings to each other, not to me, but I am closely related to the families through my late husband.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Elizabeth
        January 7, 2017

        Yes, I knew they were not your siblings. I phrased that badly. It’s such a sad thing.


    • annj49
      January 7, 2017

      It’s a terrible loss to the entire community……

      Liked by 1 person

      • Elizabeth
        January 7, 2017

        But that is a lovely testament to the kind of people they were. I think being deeply missed when we’re gone is the thing everyone should aspire to in life.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. jazzyjenness
    January 8, 2017

    God bless and keep you Ann. <y thoughts and prayers are with you and the community.

    Liked by 1 person

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