Friday, April 26, 2013

Saying good-bye

E & me, July 2002

It's been six weeks since my darling Em passed away. The celebration of her life is this weekend in Vancouver. I'm heading to the mainland tomorrow to stay with her mom, to visit with her family and friends, to celebrate all the things that made her such a special part of our lives. I know there will be tears {my god, so many tears} but I believe there will also be laughter and the sharing of many happy memories.

Em was my dearest friend for nearly 19 years, and she was remarkable. She was funny, smart, adventurous, loyal, kind and thoughtful. She spoke three languages, took beautiful photos, wrote eloquently and often, and she could dance like nobody's business. And even though she rarely lived nearby {and most often, far far away}, she had a knack for keeping the people she loved close.  Em could make the smallest occasion into a special event, and she never missed anyone's birthday, ever. If she loved you, she made sure you knew it. I knew it. The letters and postcards and emails and texts and phone calls and FaceTime sessions and yearly visits were proof enough, but she always made sure to say "I love you" before she said good-bye.

Now I have to say good-bye and I am dreading it. I'll be getting up to speak at her service, and I hope the words I choose will do justice to the amazing friend and person she was, and that I will be able to convey how much she meant to me. I hope the people there will be able to understand me through my tears. I hope somewhere Em is listening, and knows how much she is missed, and just how much she will always be loved.

Have a lovely weekend, friends. Wish me luck.
E xo


  1. I'm sorry for your lost,,
    really. i have nothing else to say

  2. I am very sorry for your loss and I am sure she will be there

  3. wishing you strength and comfort this weekend. I hope the service is a lovely one where you all feel wrapped in peace. Love to you. xox

  4. Oh Erin, know that our thoughts and prayers will be with you. I know saying goodbye won't be easy but you will have so much support. Love you xox.

  5. I'm thinking of you during this difficult time, Erin. Lots of love <3


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