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  1. Oh dear Alison, grief is the hardest thing. Life is what you are for but its ok that you are feeling sad for the loss of your Uncle. It will pass. Sending you virtual hugs. ((((()))))) x

  2. My prayer when I am in the depths of despair is, "Lord, don't let me die before I am dead", because, as you said, life is what we are here for. Gentle thoughts to you during this difficult time…

  3. Dear Alison, I've read your Brocante Chronicles for so long and have loved it! I've never posted any replies, but just couldn't let this one slip by. I do know what you are feeling; grief truly can be engulfing. I lost my beloved Dad recently and the loss can seem overwhelming some days. What I found to help me most and bring me the most peace and comfort was praying for just that, not only for my mom and family, but also for myself, and above all to remember to thank God for all that is good in our lives… even the littlest of things. It causes you to delve deep and be thankful for just everything, from the big things like the good health of my children, a fulfilling marriage, comfortable life, etc. to the smallest of things like how pretty the soft blue sky is today and that another perfect rose bloomed this morning! These prayers do help and though the feelings of loss don't go away, the days will become sunnier and easier. Do allow yourself the crying jags and the natural grieving process and then, be oh so thankful, that although we do suffer losses, it is just as you said… Life IS what we are for. Loads of love and prayers to you, your Mom and that sweet, sweet little guy of yours, Finley!!

  4. One day at a time Alison,thats all you can do, get up out of bed and put one foot in front of the other, there is simply nothing else for it,you and yours are in my thoughts.xxxxx

  5. One day at a time Alison,thats all you can do, get up out of bed and put one foot in front of the other, there is simply nothing else for it,you and yours are in my thoughts.xxxxx

  6. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers Alison, this will pass, we are all thinking of you, you will get through this, it is hard, I know, but you will get through.
    God Bless You Alison.

  7. I just found your lovely site a few days ago. It was like coming home after a long vaction. So warm and welcoming. In case you can't tell I love your beautiful pages and witty writing. I am so sorry you lost a loved one. I too know this pain. It does get better with time but really you never stop missing them. Know I am sending warm thoughts your way.

  8. I just found your lovely site a few days ago. It was like coming home after a long vaction. So warm and welcoming. In case you can't tell I love your beautiful pages and witty writing. I am so sorry you lost a loved one. I too know this pain. It does get better with time but really you never stop missing them. Know I am sending warm thoughts your way.

  9. Alison, your blog is lovely and at times a sanctuary of sorts for me to escape to in a harsh world. Your words ring so true-Life is what you are for. Life is what we are all for. Thank you for reminding me of that, even as you grieve your loved one. Blessings to you and yours. Tracey

  10. Yes – I think it's particularly true when you have a writer's eye – there is always a part of yourself watching the rest of yourself. Watching how you react, watching what you're thinking, watching you're thinking you *should* be thinking. It helps. It's a buffer – as you say, cotton wool around your soul. It's not cold, sometimes it's the only way to live in this life.
    Thinking of you.

  11. Kind of a surreal experience, this knowing your life is technically "over" as you knew it… knowing if you stop to believe this, you will never come back…. knowing people depend on you not to do this… even YOU depend on you not to… They say this will pass, but not really… That which doesn't kill us changes us completely… and so it goes….

  12. My deepest condolences to you sweet Allison! Let she who isn't cold as ice keep you wrapped in her small semblances of comfort till you're good and ready to emerge from the cocoon. This post is one of your most poignantly, heart wrenchingly melancholy beautiful dear heart! Prayers to you and yours. xoxo

  13. My deepest condolences to you sweet Allison! Let she who isn't cold as ice keep you wrapped in her small semblances of comfort till you're good and ready to emerge from the cocoon. This post is one of your most poignantly, heart wrenchingly melancholy beautiful dear heart! Prayers to you and yours. xoxo

  14. Alison
    What can we say bar "life is pants" however there are so many people who will be here for you, let us know and we will help you through this.
    K

  15. I am so sorry. You bring back some sad and surreal memories Alison, but still you inspire me. I had never thought to get out of bed and keep on keeping on at times like these. You have such strength, much to admire.

  16. I am so sorry. You bring back some sad and surreal memories Alison, but still you inspire me. I had never thought to get out of bed and keep on keeping on at times like these. You have such strength, much to admire.

  17. What a wonderfully honest post. I'm so glad you have a friend like that – we all need someone who loves us enough to help pull us out of the pit of despair and sadness.

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