“Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.”
― Helen Keller

If you believe in an afterlife, as I do, than you believe my friend Laurie’s brother Monte is whole now, healed from the cancer that took him from us. More than that, he is free from all other physical, mental and emotional constraints that held him back in this world. Helen Keller’s blindness was a significant disability, yet we all exist in an imperfect state, and there are things we too don’t “see” in this life, things that limit us in other ways.

While there is a peace that comes from faith, there is still grieving. Family & friends will miss his laugh, his strong opinions, his kind heart. A good man was taken from us way too young. Monte would have been 50 this August.

My thoughts, prayers and love go to Laurie and her family, as well as all who cared about Monte. Thank you to those of you who prayed for him and Laurie in the past few days.


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9 Comments on “Peace and Grief

  1. This is so beautifully written! So young and so much of life to have still lived! So sorry for their loss. You are a good friend and blessing in their lives.

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  2. What a beautiful tribute to your friend – I feel this loss through your words. This line really touched me: “there are things we too don’t “see” in this life, things that limit us in other ways.”
    I feel like that is so true. Often, I’ve gotten stuck when it’s so hard to change old habits. Time is precious and so much of life can be wasted by not seeing ways to improve ourselves.
    So sorry for the loss of your friend and for his family who is grieving him deeply.

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    • Thank you, Judy. It actually was Laurie who taught me how we are limited in so many ways by our own bodies, ways we don’t even realize. Illness and other things creep in and restrict us. And thank you for the thoughts of sympathy. It means a lot coming from someone who has suffered a deep loss herself.

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  3. I had such a hard time reading this, Belinda. I had to have one of my cats put down on Sunday, also. Not a good day. I am so sorry for Laurie. I wish her peace.

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    • Oh Lois I am so sorry. That breaks my heart. You are going through so much already. Thank you for your wishes for Laurie. I believe she will be alright, but grief is a process.

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  4. So many young people taken because of this awful disease. My heart goes out to this young man and his family, and blessings to you for being a trusted friend.

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