Monday, January 2, 2012

Difficult Days

Happy New Year to all my blogger friends. I hope it's a year of peace, health and happiness for all.
I'm a bit late with good wishes, but we've had a difficult start to 2012.
Hubby's Mum passed away suddenly on 30th December, and we're just back from her funeral. She was 90 years old, nearly 91, and was active up to the very end, even doing crosswords the night before! at 90 years of age! She had a heart attack that morning, her daughter was with her, and she passed quickly, peacefully and without pain. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, and will be sorely missed by all.

Unfortunately, a tragedy has also struck the family. Hubby's cousin, a 20 year-old student, was assaulted on 23rd December, struck on the head several times, fell to the ground and sustained head injuries. He has been on life support since then, and that was switched off yesterday,
New Year's Day.

His parents are devastated, heartbroken. Their only consolation is that his organs are donated.
(Edit:"AT LEAST five people have been given the gift of life by a biomedical science student who died after a horrific assault on a festive night out: his lungs, kidneys, liver and heart were donated")

Please keep them in your thoughts at this very difficult time.


  1. Oh what dreadful circumstances to start a New Year - whilst 91 is a tremendous age, 20 is so so young. My thoughts, though humble are with yopur family.
    Denise xxxx

  2. Mimi, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I'm so sorry.

  3. Oh, Mimi. I am so very sorry to hear this news. What an absolutely awful thing to have happened to both your mother-in-law and his cousin. Absolutely devastating.

    May I wish you peace and happiness for the rest of 2012.

    CJ x

  4. My dear Mimi, I am so sorry to hear of these losses within your family.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your hubby.

  5. Thanks everyone for your comments, and also thanks to people who emailed me.
    It's a very sad time, but your kindness is a tremendous help.

  6. I am so very sorry for all the tragedy and loss your family has had to face this last week. How heart wrenching. I will be praying for you and hoping that in time, you can find peace and comfort knowing that they are both now in a better place where there is no pain and suffering.



  7. Mimi, I'm so very sorry for such tremendous losses your family has endured. How tragic. I'll keep you and yours in my best thoughts. Wishing you all strength.

  8. Oh my god, I'm so sorry. What terrible blows to your family. I'll be holding you all very close in my heart.


  9. OOh, I am so so sorry to hear of these things ... my heart goes out to you and your family

  10. Heartbreaking. :( My sympathies to the family.

  11. I don't know how I missed this devastating news. I'm so saddened by this double tragedy, and especially so by the assault. My sincere condolences to all of you. Take care.

  12. I am so very sorry for these two devastating things that have come to your family this New Year. What a horrible start to it.
    Hoping the cousin recovers completely and that terrible person who is responsible gets put behind bars.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  13. I'm so sorry to hear this horrible news. It's wonderful that your mother-in-law led such a long and vibrant life, but it's still so hard to lose someone, no matter what their age. My father-in-law's mom died the year before last and he still grieves a lot. I think mothers are especially hard to lose, because the bond is so strong. And I can't imagine the pain of losing a child. I'll definitely be thinking of your husband's cousin's family, too. I hope the rest of 2012 brings happier events for you all!

  14. So very sorry that December ended this way for you! Thinking of you!