with good friends, who were so loving and comforting! Thank you all for your warm condolences. I am so blessed to have each and every one of you.
Today was the funeral. And I just have to say that looking back on Sue’s life, she was always always trying to comfort everyone else, trying to help others in so many ways. She did not complain, did not want to worry anyone about her health. Her blog celebrated her life, she mostly spoke of the people that brought her joy, the simple things in life that meant so much to her. Occasionally she would talk about the dreaded disease, her fears. But she always had such a strong will to overcome it, that I thought she could. And now its like she has been stolen, spirited away in the night. But I guess death is always like that, no matter how sick a person is you are never prepared enough.
Sue always had a quote at the end of her emails. I’ve copied the one from the last email I received from her on November 2, which was a photo of her granddaughter. Here is the quote:
You gain strength, courage and confidence every time you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~
Sue did that on a daily basis.
The minister, Sue’s cousin, who officiated the service was the one who reminded us about these quotes at the end of Sue’s emails. The one he used today was:
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. – Henry David Thoreau
Living within Sue was a loving heart, courage, faith, hope, joy, a caring spirit and helping hands.
And I know I will always have a little part of Sue living within me.