When I was with N and A the weekend before last they showed me the card they has received from Christine A in New Zealand.
Inside she said she was sorry to hear of their loss and said she hoped they liked the photo of happy times spent together.
'Eileen' she said, 'was a truly beautiful woman both inside and out and I feel so lucky to have known her. I know nothing can take away the pain but hope this poem helps.'
You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all she has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
Or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her and only that she's gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she's want: smile, love and go on.
The photograph she used on the front of the card was from this one she took the morning after N and A's wedding, when we all met up for breakfast.
And since we're recalling that wedding day, thought it would be good to remember how lovely and happy you looked, standing there in the garden with Christine at the reception afterwards.
Thankfully there are lots more photographs like this one to help 'cherish your memory and let it live on.'
Miss you so much,