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At 11:50pm on October 10, 2017, Barbara Rieger said…


Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss or your precious little sister. I've never had a biological sister. However, I did lose my only sibling my brother Richie in 1995 at 51 1/2 leaving 3 children. It was just a few years after we lost my dad. Then I lost my only child my son Joe when a drunk driver took his life at 42 years old; 7 years ago. I lost my mother 5 years ago this November. Each loss is different because each person we lose means so many different things for us in life. They each play a different role. How fortunate we were to have had special people in our lives while they were here with us. They still live in our hearts and we still love them and have a relationship with them. It may be different but it still exist. I once read that LOVE is the only thing that anyone can take with them when they leave this earth. I find that I think of my immediate family now more since they are no longer here to speak with on the telephone or in person. Too often we take life and the people we love for granted. A blood relative especially an immediate family member is part of who we are. It may now be easy however it is not the end of anything. In fact it can be a beginning. We learn a new way of life and must put effort into whatever it is we do for the LOVE that we have for our family. I have had incredible accomplishments (in my opinion anyway). Working harder with the choices I've made has been what has helped me to focus and live. I don't know how old you are but you do look rather young in the photo. If you have not thought of or attended a bereavement group this may be a time to attend one. There is a group I believe it's called "Compassionate Friends." It may be good for you if there are not around. Check the computer and your bound to locate where it is in your area. I went to 2 bereavement groups and the latter was in the local newspaper. In fact I receive a second paper and I was looking at the article I wrote for my garden club because I liked the pink roses that were on a tressel (think I spelled it wrong. It was then that right next to it I spotted a bereavement group at the same church that my son Joe made his first holy communion and his confirmation in a town over from where I presently live. It was a beautiful experience and there were nice people that ran the group as well as the grieving people. In fact the ladies that ran the group were trained. One lost her husband and one lost her adult son and the lady that headed the group lost her daughter that was a twin. They gave a lovely pink prayer shawl for praying and also a folder with prayers. I confess I didn't read it all but there are some good words that I did touch on. If I may give you a bit of advice? Take care of yourself by eating healthy have a treat when you desire one and rest whenever you can. Keep in touch with people you love be they relatives or friends. No one will feel the way you do about your little sister. You have a unique relationship. If you want to connect please feel comfortable to click on my name and write to me. I'll answer it. Bye for now. 

At 10:53pm on October 10, 2017, elyse said…
Victoria,Welcome to Legacy,but most of all Sorry to hear of your loss.With losing a sibling,it's devastating.All losses are devastating in a different way.I'm here because I've lost my brother/only sibling in a drowning in 2014.He would've been 55 a month later in June.We are all here to support each other on this journey.elyse

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