Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Life's too short...

This evening I was going to publish a few posts for my usual link ups but a phone call from my oldest daughter changed all that. She called to ask if I had heard about my dear friend Susie's number 2 son, Patrick, who took his life earlier this morning. This young man was my youngest son Ben's best mate through primary school, they were inseparable back then, graduated highschool together in 2008, and have remained friends since.

Far too young to leave this world; Patrick was only 20 years old!!

I have dedicated this sunset to Patrick...


This family has seen enough sadness in the last 12 months. Susie's beautiful Mum was diagnosed with cancer last year (for the second time) and lost her battle on July 1st 2011. Not long after, Susie's marriage broke down after 22 years. Now, Susie will be burying her son. And on Mother's Day, she will not only be without her Mum for the first time, but also her son.

These flowers are for my beautiful friend Susie... May she and her family know God's peace, love, strength & comfort at this time.


I consider this family to be part of mine, and the loss is tremendous. An amazing young man with so much to give; involved in leadership in his church, inputting into the lives of others, impacting so many people (possibly without even knowing), gentle, loving, caring, gifted.

I can only be comforted by the fact that he is now reunited with his Creator & his beloved Grandma.

Rest in Peace, Patrick Francis Mundy. You will be forever loved & missed...



Counting more gratitudes...

131. People who come into our lives for just a short time, but who touch our hearts forever.
132. The privilege of knowing a young man of God who impacted so many lives, possibly without even knowing.
133. Not understanding why, but knowing this young man is now at peace.
134. Being able to love, comfort, encourage & pray for friends in their time of need (just as they did in our times of need).
135. The blessings of friendship & fellowship.
136. Friendships that stand the test of time.
137. The gift of memories of loved ones gone but not forgotten.
138. The gift & blessing of a life partner just over 2 years ago, to walk through trials with me, who has not walked away when my health declined more and who loves me more each day.
139. Discovering a new hobby (photography) to keep me occupied and take my mind off my physical pain.
140. Trips out on Michael's days off to lose myself in nature.

26 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i am so sorry, liz, for the loss of this 'family' member. your friend's pain must be immense...

Filip Demuinck said...

My condolances. Pressure on people can sometimes be very high.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Liz, I am so sorry for this loss. It must be heartbreaking for your family as well as Patrick's family.
The photo you dedicated to him is beautiful as well as the flowers for his mother.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Michael said...

so tragic,sad...my condolences

Michael S-B said...

It's hard enough when someone dies and you were prepared for it, and we have both known that kind of loss. But when something like this happens, there are no words ... there is little comfort. Liz, my prayers are with you and your children who were so close to Patrick and his family, and for his family as well. Xoxoxo

Carole M. said...

it is sad to read of these events; life can certainly be a difficult path to tread for many. Your photo tributes to your friend are so beautiful Liz

Juliana said...

I'm not Susie, but this wonderful floral picture inspired me) flowers are very beautiful
xoxo, Juliana

Ross said...

I just got home from my holiday Liz and my heart sank when I read your post. So sorry and I'll be praying for Susie's family and your family! I think the pictures are a beautiful dedication to them.

Pauline Woodcock said...

So sorry to read this horrid news, Liz. The loss of one so young is incredibly hard on family and friends. Your tributes to Patrick and Susie are beautiful!

Nadege, said...

A beautiful tribute to Patrick and Susie.
So sad...

Stasha said...

I cannot even begin to imagine the sadness this has brought upon you and your family. Not to mention Susie's! I am so sorry for your loss.
Before I was mother I was fearless. Truly. Now I have but one fear that overwhelms me: that I would bury my child. So I am without ever meeting you or Susie really sad to read this post. May Patrick rest in peace.

Joop Zand said...

My condolences Liz.

Greetings, Joop

Janne said...

Hello! Nice photos as usual. Have a nice day !

heyBJK said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of these people dear to you and your family! Your tribute is beautiful, Liz!

Susan said...

Beautiful and sad post. I am so sorry for your friend, that's alot to endure.

The Nature Jotter said...

amazing pics darling!

El rincón de Ceditas said...

Mis condolencias,, un fuerte abrazo y has hecho un bonito omenaje para con tu familiar...
Un abrazo

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LindyLouMac in Italy said...

So terribly sad my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Pat Tillett said...

So sad...
I'm truly sorry for everyone involved. That is so much for one family to handle... My thoughts are with you and them.

The Nature Jotter said...

love the last photo. Amazing coulors darling!

martin said...

From his family in the UK we are so sad, RIP cousin , love Martin and Nikki Kulin

Pieces of Sunshine said...

So hard. Trust God's grace will surround all those concerned.

Rosie Leavesnbloom said...

Uplifting that family in prayer now Liz.

Melody Stringer said...

R.I.P
so sad

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English rose said...

Just found this blog site. Love the dedication to my Grandson Patrick, thank you. Over 4 years later the pain is still intense for his adoring Father Thomas Mundy, his Mundy Grandparents Shirley and Peter, and all Mundy/King/Richardson family members.

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