A Very Sad Easter

On Saturday night I headed off to bed at the usual time.  The bank holiday weekend weather had taken a bit of a turn for the worst so we had just been enjoying some quiet time at home.  It was just a regular Easter Saturday, keeping the kids busy and pottering around the house.  There might have been pyjamas involved, who knows.

A very sad easter

When I went to bed, I played with my phone for a bit.  It’s a habit I really should give up, but sadly social media calls me to take one last peek before I drift off to sleep.  I was aimlessly scrolling through my Facebook feed, as you do, when I came across an unusual post from my friends husband.  He was thanking her for the 12 years of marriage and 2 beautiful children they had together.  He talked about missing her.

I immediately felt a sense of panic.  What on earth was wrong.  I clicked onto her feed and it became apparent that something awful had happened.  Her closest friends and family were saying goodbye to her.  Where could she have gone?

I cried for hours, not being able to sleep as the sad news slowly sunk in.  It made no sense.  What could have happened.  Finally tiredness got the better of me and I drifted off.  Perhaps the morning would bring better news.

I woke up, and checked Facebook again.  People were still sharing their condolences, their sadness, their confusion.  It was just awful.  I felt so sad.

Later that morning I received a text from her friend.  It filled in the gaps.  My friend had gone into hospital suddenly.  She had pneumonia and blood poisoning.  She was put into an induced coma, but it was too late.  Her organs had already started to fail.  She died. She was 36 years old.  She had 2 young daughters, a similar age to mine.  My heart breaks for them.  My heart breaks for her family.  It was far too young.

Since the events at the weekend I have read many blog posts about the lovely memories families have been making together over the Easter break.  Seeing those memories being made, shared and inspiring other families to make the most of the time they have together has really helped me these last few days.

There is a lot of talk about what a bloggers life is really like.  Somedays it’s pretty mundane, and it’s all laundry and cleaning.  I could share that with you, but it wouldn’t make for very interesting reading.  Somedays I don’t move from my MacBook as I desperately work though all the posts I have to write.  Somedays though, I get the chance to make the most amazing memories with my family and I get to record them here forever.

Everyday is the chance to make a memory, no matter how big or small.  It could be anything from making sure you always kiss your children good night and read them a story, to a great day out or a lovely holiday.  Whatever it is, do not miss any chance you have to make a memory with your family as you do not know what is around the corner.

RIP

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  1. April 1, 2016 / 2:25 pm

    this is horrible news. They seem to be loads of people dying around where I live and a lot of the people I know fairly well and it has really hit home. My 2 year old nephew was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year and is currently having chemo for it. It’s terrible, it makes all lose little moments spent with my kids even more special.
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  2. April 1, 2016 / 2:31 pm

    Oh no that is awful Hun and worse when it’s such a shock too 🙁 so sad, keeping everyone in my thoughts, you’re so right you have to cherish the moments we have xx
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  3. Tracy K Nixon
    April 1, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    Such sad news. My heart goes out to you and your friends family. 36 is no age.

  4. April 1, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    Oh what sad news. 36 is no age to die. It does remind us to live every day to the full though doesn’t it. Hope you are ok xx

  5. Becky Duffy
    April 1, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    So sorry to hear xxxx

  6. sandy ralph
    April 1, 2016 / 4:08 pm

    omg so sad, life is way to short at the best of times, it makes us grateful for what we do have

  7. April 1, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    Oh Zena, I am so sorry to hear this. This is such sad news. Sending my thoughts and love to you and you friend’s family at this awful time. xx
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  8. April 1, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    It’s horrifically sad that a healthy person can die out of the blue with something we mostly think is horrible but healthy people can overcome. I love the memories that blogging has helped me to document.
    Sorry for your loss x
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  9. karen t
    April 1, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    Such very tragically sad news. Death is never too far away sadly, no matter what age you are.

  10. April 1, 2016 / 10:53 pm

    Oh I am so sorry to read this. You are in my thoughts and you are right, make every day count. Sending hugs xx

  11. April 1, 2016 / 11:32 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. Gone far too soon and no child should have to loose their mum. So sad xxx
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  12. April 2, 2016 / 11:22 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your friend Zena. I agree that we should make those memories while we can – the dishes that need washing aren’t going anywhere so go out and have fun and worry about them when you get back!
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  13. April 3, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Sorry to hear you’ve had some sad news Zena, such a young age too. Very thought provoking post xx

  14. April 3, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    So very sorry to hear about your friend. A loss like that sends ripples far and wide. Even though we know we are lucky and not the ones grieving most, it is still very difficult.
    Take care.
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