Friday, July 4, 2014

Life and Death


Saturday my friend, Robyn, died. Monday was the visitation for her, and Tuesday was her funeral. 

Wednesday was a busy day, and then Alan's cousin, Clif, died of cancer that night. We knew it was only a matter of time, but still it came quicker than expected. And on Alan's brother's birthday. Two days before Independence Day. 

Clif's brother was supposed to spend the holiday with us, but of course he's in Tuscaloosa. He was there when his brother died, which is a good thing of course. 

Our plans for the 4th have changed completely. Instead of grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, and setting off fireworks with our nephews, we will be heading to Tuscaloosa for the Saturday visitation and funeral. Still spending time with family. Just not the way we'd have chosen.

So I'm doing a lot of conscious inhaling and exhaling. That 4x4 breathing technique has come in handy this week. Breathe in to the count of 4. Hold for a count of 4. Breathe out to the count of 4. Repeat as needed.


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  1. So sorry to read about Robyn and Clif. . . Hopefully, their memories will be the glow this weekend for you all or at a minimum a spark in your healing.

  2. HI Melanie
    I am your fmf neighbor today, I am sorry to hear about your loss, may God's peace comfort you in this time! Aliyah

  3. So sorry dear... God's love & comfort be with you & their families...


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