|To Friends of Adrienne/Amour,
I wanted to express my deepest thanks for all
the support that you gave for Adrienne and her loved ones during her illness
these past 11 weeks. I copied your posts and emails and read them
to her, and relayed your greetings, hugs and kisses as well. She
always appreciated your thoughts and prayers, and asked after those that
As you know, she died on Thursday, February
1st, at 5:15 pm, surrounded by her family and friends who cared for her
so lovingly during this time. It had not been an easy
time of it for her, so as much as we are missing her, we are relieved that
she is now at peace.
Her ashes will be sailed out to an island and
scattered in the springtime. We gathered for a celebration of her
life, and there was much to celebrate about her, as she was a very talented
and accomplished woman.
I was able to be with Adrienne and her family
during her last two weeks, and thoroughly enjoyed being filled in on the
time in her life when I didn't know her. I was taken to visit her
old neighborhoods and favorite places, and it was great to get to see the
old family photos as well. Adrienne's illness has brought many people
together, and that has been a tremendous comfort for everyone. Her
sister is so much like her, too, and we have become great friends through
all this. The family has a wonderful way of making you feel like
you are one of them.
I am sorry that I haven't been able to
keep you very informed, but things moved so quickly, and I was very ill
myself for a couple of weeks, and it is sometimes difficult to even know
what to report about these matters. I want to thank you myself for
all of your support too, because being a caregiver can be a tough job.
I just wanted to also share a quote that
I found before going up to see Adrienne for the last time. It seemed
so appropriate and gave us all something to think about.
We must always remember
to tell those around us
how much we love them..
before they drift away
and we have to tell them
how much we miss them.
I am so glad that everyone who loved Adrienne/Amour,
whether they ever met her in real life or not, had a chance to make their
peace with her and tell her that they loved her. Believe me, if you
didn't get to do it in person, it was certainly done on your behalf.
Thanks so much again......
~ MySweetViolet ~