Yesterday, my good friend Michelle passed away.
Last month, I wrote and shared this limerick with Michelle:
A wonderful person Michelle,
Treats all whom she meets very well.
I’m consistently crying
’cause I know that she’s dying
Though I know she’s not going to Hell.
Michelle smiled and said, “Maybe I am going to Hell.” I replied, “With everything I know about you and Hell, there’s no way you’re going there.”
I don’t know where Michelle went yesterday but I do know she’s no longer here where I and many others have known and loved her for so long.
Michelle’s husband Joe wrote yesterday about how she had spent her last day on this earth. He told us she heard her favorite Irish blessing.
“May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”
He wrote that she felt held and that she died at home at peace with grace and dignity. He signed his email to us “With profound sadness.”
With profound sadness, here are all the photos captured on my iPhone yesterday.
Many years ago, when I was in the hospital recovering from a heart-related illness, Michelle loaned me her DVD of “Rent.” Today, I include this song from that musical in honor of her.
Thank you, Michelle, for all the seasons of love. And thanks to all of you for visiting here, now.