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RIP, sweet Ebi!

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Three week ago, 
Shaye, my 8-year old daughter
bought herself a blue budgie and a bird cage. 
And she calls her Ebi
(named after her favorite Japanese food,  Ebi Sushi).
  Ebi is the sweetest little thing. 
You know what they say about pets and their owners being so alike. 
Well, Ebi was just like Shaye – cheerful, noisy and messy.   
When we’re around she’s the most obedient sweet little creature. 
This morning , when we woke up we were shocked to find Ebi’s lifeless body,
her head stuck in between the bars.
Perhaps she got curious, stuck her head in between the bars,
panicked and broke her neck.   
Just two days ago, I was playing with Ebi and
noticed the bar spacing at the bottom corner of the cage was a bit too wide. 
But I did not give it much thought nor did I mention it to hubby. 
I believe if I had said something about the wide spacing,
he would have done something  cos he’s Mr Fix-It. 
 Again, I had ignored the inner voice hinting that something is wrong. 
It’s a painful and unfortunate incident and a lesson of life and death for Shaye.
But I’m thankful for the joy Ebi brought and the time spent with her. 
Oh, how she loved watching television with us in the room at night. 
And a reminder that life is fragile and we must enjoy every moment.   
Little by little we will let go of  our loss but never of our love. 
Fly free now, sweet Ebi!
We love you and you’ll be dearly missed.
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Remembering 9/11

“The reality is that you will grieve forever.
You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one;
you will learn to live with it.
You will heal and you will rebuild yourself
around the loss you have suffered.
You will be whole again but you will never be the same.
Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.”

― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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Farewell To My Aunt

My heartfelt condolences to my cousins, M. Yoke, M.Sim & family and Uncle Wong.

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To Those Whom I Love And Those Who Love Me

-Author Unknown-

When I am gone, release me, let me go
I have so many things to see and do
You must not tie yourself to me with tears
Be happy that I have had so many years

I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave me in happiness
I thank you for the love each have shown
But now it is time I travelled on alone

So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust
It is only for a while that we must part
So bless the memories in your heart

I will not be far away, for life goes on
So if you need me, call and I will come

Though you cannot see or touch me, I will be near
And if you listen with your heart, you will hear
All of my love around you soft and clear

Then, when you must come this way alone
I will greet you with a smile and a Welcome Home

“Farewell, Aunt S. Ying.  You’ll be missed and till we meet again.”

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Quote of the day – Author unknown

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“We begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived.

And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.”

Large Glitter Dove from AnimateIt.net

A tribute to our wonderful friend and fellow blogger, Paul Curran.

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“This is how I’d like to remember you, Paul! “

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Gone Away – Diana Blokzyl

An Angel whispered
take my hand and
come with me
your work here is done.
I went away to a place
where there’s no tears, nor sorrow
only laughter and smiles,
there will always be a Tomorrow.
As I move amongst the clouds.
I’ll look down and smile upon you,
while the angels
sing a heavenly song.
I am not alone
all who went before
are here
they awaited my return.
I know you’ll grieve
and wish I was still here
I am here in the memories
you hold dear.
Remember how much I
love you
and know I took your
love with me.
I did not wish for
you to cry, nor feel sad.
My pain is gone and
I am Free!
Soon you’ll come to me
until then
God will be with you
Just as He’s with me.

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Comforting words

Comforting words from my daughters:

my beautiful daughters

Zap was such an angel and angels live in heaven.  Monster will take care of him.  We will think of the happy moments with Zap” – Sydelle 

 “Don’t be sad, Mom.  Monster will be there for Zap.  You need to find your happy place.” – Shaye 

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A Special Place

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You have a special place Dear Lord
that I know you’ll always keep
A special place reserved for dogs
when they quietly fall asleep
With large and airy kennels
and a yard for hiding bones
With maybe a little babbling creek
that chatters over stones.
With wide green fields and flowers
for those who never knew
about running freely under
Your sky of perfect blue.
Lord,I know You keep this Special Place
And so to you I Pray,
For one Special Rottweiler puppy
Who quietly died today
He was full of strength & love
and so very, very cute.
He is dearly missed my Lord
By a very good friend of mine.
He went to join his ancestors
To Your land that is Devine
So, speak to Zap softly please
And give him a warm hello.
He’s a Special gift to you Dear Lord
From Pat, Jan, Sydelle and Shaye, who loved him so.

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RIP our beautiful angel!

Original poem by Jan Cooper 1994

   

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Seasons of Grief – Belinda Stotler

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Our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims – earthquake on Mount Kinabalu.

Shall I wither and fall like an autumn leaf,
From this deep sorrow – from this painful grief?
How can I go on or find a way to be strong?
Will I ever again enjoy life’s sweet song?

Sometimes a warm memory sheds light in the dark
And eases the pain like the song of a Meadow Lark.
Then it flits away on silent wings and I’m alone;
Hungering for more of the light it had shone.

Shall grief’s bitter cold sadness consume me,
Like a winter storm on the vast angry sea?
How can I fill the void and deep desperate need
To replant my heart with hope’s lovely seed?

Then I look at a photo of your playful smiling face
And for a moment I escape to a serene happy place;
Remembering the laughter and all you would do,
Cherishing the honest, caring, loving spirit of you.

Shall spring’s cheerful flowers bring life anew
And allow me to forget the agony of missing you?
Will spring’s burst of new life bring fresh hope
And teach my grieving soul how to cope?

Sometimes I’ll read a treasured card you had given me
And each word’s special meaning makes me see,
The precious gift of love I was fortunate to receive,
And I realize you’d never want to see me grieve.

Shall summer’s warm brilliant sun bring new light,
And free my anguished mind of its terrible plight?
Will its gentle breezes chase grief’s dark clouds away,
And show me a clear path towards a better day?

When I visit the grave where you lie in eternal peace,
I know that death and heaven brought you release;
I try to envision your joy on that shore across the sea,
And, until I join you, that’ll have to be enough for me.

For all the remaining seasons of my life on earth,
There’ll be days I’ll miss your merriment and mirth,
And sometimes I’ll sadly long for all the yesterdays;
Missing our chats and your gentle understanding ways.

Yet, the lessons of kindness and love you taught me,
And the good things in life you’ve helped me to see;
Linger as lasting gifts that comfort and will sustain,
Until I journey to that peaceful shore and see you again.

– Belinda Stotler