January 15, 1938-January 15, 2003

A spiritual message from my beloved friend in Heaven.

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am still I, and you are still you.
Whatever we were to each other, that we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name,
speak to me in the easy way which you always use.
Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Pray, smile, think of me, pray for me.

Let my name be ever the household word that it always was,
let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was; there is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near,
just round the corner.

All is well.

Henry Scott Holland (1847 - 1918)
--Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral

Dear TotemPole,

I'll always love you more than words can say,
and cherish the beautiful friendship we shared.
Thanks for the memories...thanks for being you...
~~ thanks for being my very best friend ~~

Be seein' ya, m'friend,

P.S. Don't forget to meet me at the Gate!
Remember? We promised each other! ((~.~))

Excerpts from a letter from a special cyberfriend
in response to the loss of my lifelong best friend.

Oh Paula, I am so sorry about your loss. I do not know what to say to you. That is so sad. So hard when you lose a friend like that. I just do not know how to ease your severe pain. The only thing I can do is pray for you and Jon, and all who cared for her. But there is something that happened to me as a child that might be comforting to you.

When I was a kid about 11 years old, JFK was killed. I could not understand why God would let that happen to him. I had a teacher at the time who tried to help with the pain. This is what Libby told me.

She said "Go find a field that is full of flowers. All colors and kinds, and pick the ones you like." I said ok, but how does that help? And she responded, "Would you pick the worn or dead or broken flowers or would you pick only the best and the prettiest?" I immediately said I would pick the prettiest and the best. She said "That is what God did with JKF..He took the best to be with him..."

Maybe that is why he picked your friend. He needed a good friend and thought she would be the best. Maybe he needed a special angel..I don't know..I just know that this has always helped me. I am really sorry you are hurting so much. I wish I could help..I am here if you need me.

Love Trish


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