May 18, 2004
So, at 25 minutes to 1 this morning I popped a bottle of bubbly and filled everyone's glasses to toast a life cut so short.
Jules is at peace at last, away from the pain and suffering of her disease.
The funeral will be next Tuesday at 1pm. I'll be sending out details to everyone as soon as I can. There will be no-one in black, grey, or dark, sad colours. Happiness will be the order of the day, and I suggest everyone organises transport home as there'll be plenty of "cheer" to be had afterwards.
And finally, thanks for ALL the kind words and thoughts. I've been overwhelmed and cheered up, reading everyone's emails, comments, and text's.
Posted by alan at May 18, 2004 10:23 AM
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.
Bev Campbell & Tony Maley
Posted by: Bev & Tony at May 18, 2004 2:45 PM
Don't know what to say!
I didn't know Jules very well but I know she was a girl of great spirit. Your descriptions always gave her character and life.
I know she'll be keeping her eye on you from now on.
We are both thinking about you.
Jane and David Purdham
Posted by: Jane & David Purdham at May 18, 2004 3:57 PM
Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. If there is anything we can do to help you know where we are, our door is always open.
Nick Fisher & Karen Wake
Posted by: N & K at May 19, 2004 10:04 AM
Alan I see u as my family and you are possibly in my eyes the strongest person I know for what you have done I know my family are very gr8ful *hug*
Posted by: Bex (Jules' Cuz) at May 19, 2004 10:22 AM
I wish I had met Julie when she was well. I have heard so many fun and happy stories about her and the mischief she got up to. Even when she was weak and struggling with her illness her personality still shone through. One of my favourite gestures of Julieís was the middle finger! No words were needed and that was enough to give you her response. Iíd only known Julie for the last 5 months of her life but what I saw was a strong, wonderful and loving young lady fighting for her life right up until the last minute. Her sense of humour never faded and I hope she continues to smile and keep up her lively spirits in heaven now.
Alan, I admire your strength and devotion. Youíve done a great job on updating us on Julesís weblog. Even though I was there during Julieís last minutes, it was still very difficult to read this morning, at work with tears rolling down my cheeks but I didnít care who saw. At times like these emotions are far more important than pride.
Janet, you love for Julie was and still is unconditional. You never stopped for one minute to think about yourself and you always put everyone else first. Youíre like the Duracell bunny that just keeps going! Itís a parentís instinct to put their children first and youíve not failed them.
Itís never easy to lose a loved one and as time goes on it will get better but you will still have the great memories of Julie in your minds. No one can ever erase them and even at the strangest of times Julie will be looking over you and wishing the best for you all. Sheís at peace now and out of pain.
I am pleased to say I have met a loving and amazing family that have stuck together during this very difficult time. Stuart, Chris and Laura, thereís never a quiet moment when youíre together, someone is always playing tricks on the other and Iím sure Julie would instigate many of them if she were here now.
Life will change for you all but your love and memories of Julie will always be there. My heart goes out to you all.
All my love,
Posted by: Yuen at May 19, 2004 10:44 AM
Alan and all,
I have been reading all the messages from friends and family. The words said can not express how her father and I feel. We are devastated by the fact that we have just been reunited with her and to have her so cruely taken away again.
She had so much to live for with you Alan, you made her so happy. Laura always told us how good you were for her. We will miss her always but will remember the good times we had, especially when she came to stay with us.
All of us send you our love at this time.
Love from Bryan(dad) and Angie
Posted by: Angie at May 19, 2004 8:21 PM