Day 1992: Michelle

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.

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44 thoughts on “Day 1992: Michelle

  1. I’m so sorry you have lost your friend. This is a lovely tribute. Thank you for sharing all of it–

  2. Sorry to hear 💖💖💖

  3. A beautiful Tribute Ann, sincere condolences to Michelle’s family and you. The loss of a close friend is so hard. xx

  4. I’m sorry for your loss Ann, thank you for sharing her tribute with us.

  5. . . . and may her memory be eternal.

  6. It is a lovely tribute. Rest in peace, Michelle.

  7. I’m sad for what you are missing but glad for what you had, Ann. RIP, Michelle.

  8. I’m so sorry for your loss of a dear friend. I read your tribute on my Reader and wept. I fear the day I lose one of my close friends.
    My heart goes out to you, Ann as well as Michelle’s family.

  9. Jennifer

    Lovely. So sad. She will be missed. You included a beautiful picture of her. she was so vibrant and alive.

  10. I am so sorry for your loss. The musical clip was excellent.

  11. I’m sorry you lost a friend and subject of a wonderful limerick. Looking at those pictures I thought of what memories you have of Michelle and that reminded me of another poem, “Separation” by W.S. Merwin:

    Your absence has gone through me
    Like thread through a needle.
    Everything I do is stitched with its color.

  12. Truly sorry on your loss. Condolences to all that know and love her.

  13. I’m so sorry to hear of this Ann. Your tribute is beautiful and meaningful. I’ve lost friends too and it’s really difficult.

  14. It is a small comfort to know a person is always in your memory when what you want most is to touch and laugh with them. I’m sorry for your loss.

  15. My commiserations, Ann. Such an appropriate array of photographs, from the empty chair through the darknesses to a beautiful portrait

    • My iPhone took that photo of the empty chair on its own, Derrick, right around the time that Michelle passed. When I saw it, I thought, “Perfect.” Thanks for your perfect comment. ❤

  16. Sorry for your loss..

  17. I’m very sorry for the loss of your irreplaceable friend, Ann. The shadows on the ground say so much. She was so fortunate to count you as her friend. I’m hope my condolences are not too late.

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