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01 August 2004 @ 08:36 am
...I just found out that a dear LJ friend's father passed away early this morning. :( I was literally in tears for her whole family when I found out, since I know a little of the pain that comes from experiencing someone you love passing away. Ironically, just 18 days from now will be 13 years since my own father passed away from cancer too. :(

I've said it time and time again, but the hardest thing about online friendships is the distance and the feeling of helplessness when someone you care about is hurting so far away. :( I know that Amanda and her family have much better things to do than sit around online, but I wanted to send out some Big *HUGS* and major prayers her way. I've been reading her journal for a very long time (long before her father became ill) and I know what a hard road it's been for her entire family and my heart totally goes out to them. :(
Current Mood: sadsad
queenstacey on August 1st, 2004 11:48 am (UTC)
I'll be praying for your friend.

I feel the need for story time. My mom's dad died from cancer when my mom was 11 years old. Since my mom's family was 100% Greek, My mom's dad wouldn't let her mom work, and she was limited to her english skills. So my mom at 11years old had to get a job to help support her and her mom.

I never got to meet him, but I have heard so many great stories.
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on August 1st, 2004 12:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your prayers, Stacey!

I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather and what a rough life your mother must've had trying to provide for her family at such a young age! :( It's truly courageous stories like this that make appreciating your heritage that much more special. *HUGS*
queenstacey on August 1st, 2004 04:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it makes me grateful that I got to know my other grandfather before he died. It makes me think back and value the time I had with him.
Sabine: Lauser Couchsabine10 on August 1st, 2004 01:28 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry to hear about Amanda's father. She will be in my thoughts.

Yes, I completely agree with your feelings about the hardest thing in regard to online friendships. *Hugs*

Please take care, Sheri.

Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on August 1st, 2004 10:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Sabine. I'm sure Amanda will appreciate the nice thoughts.

I'm just a girl in the world...i_am_angieface on August 1st, 2004 04:12 pm (UTC)
That brought tears to my eyes. :( Im so very sorry for your friends loss.
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on August 1st, 2004 10:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Angie. I just felt so bad for them when I woke up this morning and read the news. :( My heart totally goes out to them! :(
ajayne on August 1st, 2004 04:44 pm (UTC)
I also was all teary when I read her post before going back to the Relay... *hugs*
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on August 1st, 2004 10:59 pm (UTC)
I was so teary this morning - in fact, I still am. Amanda & Tom have been through so much this year! :(
ajayne on August 2nd, 2004 09:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, way more than anyone needs to go through in such a short time.
irisheyes77 on August 1st, 2004 09:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Sheri. You've done so much for me over the past nine months that you wouldn't believe. I really have appreciated it all.

I don't think that's really sunk in yet that he's gone forever.
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on August 1st, 2004 10:56 pm (UTC)
Big, BIG *HUGS* to you & Tom! :( I just wish that I could do more... Please, if you ever have that feeling (like you were saying earlier) when you start feeling down because everyone else has gone to sleep and you're alone - you're not. I think I'm five hours behind you and I'm up if you need someone to talk to.

Love & *HUGS* to you and your family!