Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Remembering Fiona...

This isn’t a post about writing or competitions or deadlines. This is a post about loss. Life throws many, many obstacles at us, but the worst has got to be losing someone close to you, especially when they’re taken suddenly.

Two days ago I lost my dear cousin, Fiona. Although I hadn’t seen her in a while she was dear to me. I remember the exciting sleepovers we used to have as kids and the thrill of spending summers together. What hurts even deeper is that she'd sold her house, bought her ticket and was about to start a whole new life for herself.

To be taken so cruelly is devastating. Hearing her father say he'd lost his best friend broke my heart. So this is a reminder to hold close our loved ones, near or far. Pick up the phone, text, email, fax, whatever, but reach out to someone you love and let them know how much you love them, because you truly, truly, never know when they'll be taken from you.

Fiona, you were a light in my life.

Wherever you are, I believe your light will shine on.

You will be dearly missed.




  1. My heart breaks for your loss, Maya. My sincere condolences to you and the entire family.

    Please know that although I'm too far away to hug you close up, my heart is hugging you from across the pond. Take care, dear one.

  2. Much love and strength Maya, take care. xxxx

  3. I am so sorry to hear of your loss Maya. I know what that feels like - I lost my dear sister in law too suddenly and way too early. My heart goes out to you and your family and to Fiona's family. You are so right about telling those you love how you feel. It's a terrible moment to realise that you can't do that any more.

    Be gentle with yourself

  4. Hugs and prayers on your loss, Maya. Your post is a beautiful tribute to your cousin xxx

  5. Maya, love and hugs to you and your family. I lost my cousin too, very unexpectedly, around 13 years ago. The pain gets easier but the loss never goes away. My thoughts are with you.

  6. Maya, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. What you've written here is a beautiful tribute to Fiona. You are right. Her light will shine on.

    Sending you much love and many prayers.


  7. Maya,

    I'm so sorry for your loss and thanks for reminding us of what is important in our stress filled busy lives.

    Much hugs to you.

  8. I'm so sorry Maya. Hugs and prayers to you and your family xxx

  9. Thank you, everyone. Your prayers and kind words are so very much appreciated!

  10. I'm so sorry to hear that, Maya. My deepest sympathy, and prayers for you and your family.

  11. Thinking of you and your family today, Maya. Hugs all round.

  12. Thinking of you Maya. Much love to you and your family.