Tuesday, 19 October 2010


As you will know from a previous post that my Mum was recently diagnosed with Alzheimers and had also been having some tests at the hospital which were all good and positive. It is with such great sadness that I have to tell you that today my mum passed away. It is a great shock to us all and we will miss her so much. The only comfort at present is that she and her family have been spared the onslaught of this terrible illness.

The above photo is Mum's quilt which she loved and the other was taken at mum's 70th birthday party and is of my mum and my sister and brothers and myself.



  1. Dear Shirley
    I'm so sorry to hear about your mum's sudden passing. It must be such a shock for you and your family. I think no matter how old we get we are never really ready to lose a parent, aren't we! I wish you a lot of strength for the coming days and weeks. Thinking of you. All best wishes Vreni x

  2. Dear Shirley, I send you all warmest love and deepest sympathy .

  3. I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending you hugs and prayers that your familys get through this.

  4. Shirley, I cannot believe this has happend so quickly. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. A mother can never ever be replaced.
    Have positive thoughts that you were spared seeing the person you loved drift away and become a different person altogether.
    Sue x

  5. Shirley, thoughts and love to you and your family from NZ. Wishing you strength and family togetherness at this sad time xox

  6. Hug.
    You are all in my prayers.

  7. oh, Shirley you are so in my prayers...what a shock this must be to you and your family....but you are so right to feel in some sort of way that this is a blessing to know tha your Mom will not suffer like so many we have seen and know with this horrible disease .May all the wonderful memories that you have your Mom help to ease the pain...

  8. Dear Shirley,
    Sending you and your family my condolences. Thinking of you.

  9. Dear Shirley,
    I'm so sorry, and I want to send you a BIG, friendly (((HUG))).
    I know you must feel in shock and so sad...
    Yet, as you say, at least your dear mum and family have been spared the ontslaught of this terrible disease. Now she's at peace, and I'm sure she'll always be close to you, and protect you.
    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers,
    Very heartfully,

  10. I am so saddened and shocked to hear of your mum's passing. My thoughts and big hugs go to you and your family.

  11. Oh dear Shirley, I'm so sorry for your sudden loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time.

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  13. Oh Shirley, I'm so sad to hear of your sudden loss,
    Take comfort that at least Mum is at peace now, and the family did not have to watch Mum endure the long illness of this horrible disease.
    In my thoughts and prayers..
    Julia ♥

  14. Dear Shirley,
    I am so sad to hear of your mums death.

    Do not stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there, I do not sleep.

    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glint on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.

    When you wake in the morning hush,
    I am the swift, uplifting rush
    of quiet birds in circling flight.
    I am the soft starlight at night.

    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there, I do not sleep.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry.
    I am not there, I did not die!
    Mary Frye(1932)

    Sending lots of comfort and hugs from Oz.

  15. So Sorry to hear about your Mum Shirley
    Thinking of you
    Lisa ʚϊɞ

  16. (((hugs))) to you and your family Shirley. I'm so sad to read your news. I'll keep you all in my thoughts.

  17. Ah Shirley, accept my condolences. I was reading about her a while back when reading back issues of your blog...it's a blessing with much sadness.

  18. I am saddened for you at your loss, yet thankful that your mothers remaining time was not marred by this disease. May you have wonderful memories and loving peace in your heart.

  19. So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. Sorry to hear of your loss , it is allways sad when our parents die , and such a shock when it is so sudden . You will be able to remember her in happier times .

  21. Sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  22. So sorry to hear of your Mum's sudden passing. Deepest condolences to you and your family.

  23. So so sorry to read this... sending lots of hugs to your family!
    Take care...

  24. Blessings to you all!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

  25. Shirley....my deepest heartfelt condolences
    for your loss. Sending up a prayer for
    you now. Big hugs.