Weekly Round Up: In Memory of Those We Have Loved and Lost


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There are no words to describe the pain of this past week with the loss of Catherine and Lori.  The sad truth is that every week we lose someone to cancer, but for each of us, there is that someone special which breaks our hearts. We are still reeling from the recent death of Karen and now two more losses seem too much to bear.

I never met Lori, but I know that many of you did. She was a fearless voice in the MBC community and that voice and presence will be missed terribly. While I never met Catherine in person either, we shared skype and email conversations over the years. She was a prolific writer, featuring on the weekly round-up every week – how we will miss her beautiful writing and her enchanting stories. We were granted a window into her final days as she continued to blog even as the end was drawing near for her. True to her wonderful nature, Catherine gifted us with one last post to remember her by – a generous thank you for your support and friendship.

And it was all of you too, who wrote to me in the comment sections or read along quietly. You made the hard days easier, and my random thought experiments acceptable. It was fun to write with you. I’m grateful to know you were all out there, and in some ways my words left an impact. That was your gift to me.

Thank you.

I’ve been lucky. I got to have so much. I got to have you.

This life has truly been a win.

I hope you will understand this week if I don’t create a full round-up of your posts – I will catch up again next week. My heart is too heavy and full of thoughts of Catherine. As a tribute to those dear ones we have lost, I would like to dedicate this week’s round-up exclusively to their memory.

Until next week,

Take care of yourself.. and each other

Yours with much love always

Marie xxx

On Saturday, August 19th, from 1 pm to 3 pm EST at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Center located at 300 des Peres Blancs, Ottawa, ON, K1L 7L5, there will be a celebration of Catherine’s life. If you can’t be there in person and would like to be part of the celebration you can join us through a video link by registering here: https://app.webinarjam.net/register/1841/f8a53a4289