Sunday, 30 January 2011

Always remembered, never forgotton..

My dear, dear friend has died peacefully at the St Helena Hospice in Colchester. 

Friends like Carol come along but once in a lifetime.  I am so grateful for the long friendship we had,  but of course wish that it had lasted many more years... 

We had such fun, learnt so much, studied ceramics and printing, propped each other up when necessary, we put right, all the wrongs in the world....Such wonderful discussions, I will miss them so much.  We enjoyed each others company and had some absolutely wonderful days out together, never to be forgotten.

These memories I will treasure always and hold them close to my heart forever, grateful that Carol had been my friend.

My love goes to her wonderful family who have always welcomed me with open arms, thinking of you all at this sad time...
 Carol my friend


Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

Christina Rossetti


  1. What a Wonderful picture of Carol and her Creative Energy xx such a beautiful lady.

  2. Julie - I'm so sorry for your loss but glad your friend is now at peace. It's always hard to lose someone - we lose a little piece of ourselves too. So glad though that you have those fond memories - they make all the difference! Hugs to you.

  3. Julie, I'm so sorry for your loss! What a lovely lovely poem to remember her by and to share here. Wishing you peace.

  4. Dear Julie- Thinking of you across the wide seas... so sorry to hear about your friend. I came across this quote through blogland some time ago, maybe here, even, I don;t remember, but I saved it. I know in our recent family loss that this has been very true for us. Healing blessings, Valerianna

    "The death of a beloved is an event that rings and rings through a life:
    bearing it is not a problem to be solved, but a long,
    slow piece of music to listen to.
    And mourning, like music,
    is best listened to with others."

    ~ Sarah Miles ~

  5. I'm so sorry your friend died, my condolences. She must have been a real soulmate! What a beautiful poem. I hope the darkness will leave and you will find the strength to go on.

  6. So sorry to hear about the loss of your wonderful friend, it's hard to find words that soothe a pain like that. Christina Rossetti has said it all.

  7. A lovely poem, and one of my favourites. Always such a sad and difficult time when we have to say goodbye like this to dear friends. Thinking of you.

  8. oh julie, i send my love to you... what a beautiful person carol is... xoxo

  9. Hi Julie,
    I was visiting at Lynne Hoppe's recommendation. I am so sorry to read of the loss of your dear friend. This is a lovely tribute to her.

  10. I'm so very sorry for your loss Julie.

  11. Oh Julie I am so sorry. My prayers and loving thoughts are with you. xx

  12. Julie- sending you lots of strength and hope to you all. What a beautiful poem to remember your friend by too,

    Best wishes
    Amanda xx

  13. You are in my prayers as you struggle through this difficult time.
    I'm sorry for your loss of such a dear friend.

  14. Dear Julie, I'm so sorry for your loss of such a beautiful friend. I too have recently lost a dear friend and really appreciate the Rossetti poem.

  15. I am so sorry for your loss. The poem sums it up beautifully. I hope you can smile and remember.

  16. just sending a hug to add to all the others from your bloggy buddies....

  17. a lovely tribute,take care Mandy x


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