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Sunday 14 May 2017

My Lovely Angel Friend Alison

This is my friend Alison, who is now with the Angels.

This photo is how I want to remember her. Not how
she looked. when I saw her a couple of weeks ago, ravaged
by this horrible cancer.
I can still feel her frail body, when we hugged each other.

We had been friends for approaching 40 years.

Sadly she passed away last Sunday the 7th May,
after a 61/2 months battle with Pancreatic Cancer. 
She was only 64 and far too young to leave us.

She has 4 beautiful daughters and grandchildren. A lovely husband, 
and a sister, who are all missing this lovely, kind lady, from their lives.

I moved to London when I was 8 years old in 1955 and went to a 
Catholic Convent School. 
We found out, many years ago, that her Father 
was the gardener there and they also lived at the school. 
She was brought up there too!!

We both moved out of London and ended up 
in the same village in West Sussex.
Still not knowing each other.

We couldn't remember how we became friends 
but our children went to the same schools. 
I used to do her hair for her (that's my trade).

We had a very special friendship and we were always there for each other.
We spent many an hour, moaning about work frustrations, but usually
ending up having a good laugh too.

She worked as a carer, for a house of people with learning difficulties. 
She even did sleepovers at the property. 

She also was a carer for her parents, even though they lived 
in a village, that was a 45 minute drive from her home.
We then found out that one of my sisters lived in the same village 
as her parents!!

I won't bore you with the ups and downs of our lives.
We both had at times, very difficult events happen,
some very unpleasant. 
But we were there to support each other
and we loved each other, as close friends do.

At the moment, I feel this is very surreal and I am 
having difficulty accepting that she has gone from my life.
She was like my younger sister and there is now a massive
hole in my heart and my life.

I have to get through the funeral yet. That's on what 
was my Father's birthday, 23rd May.

Thank you to everybody that has left me a message 
on my FB page. 
They are much appreciated.




aussie aNNie said...

May your friend Rest in Peace Carol and BIG hugs to

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Oh Carol I feel your pain. We lost a very dear friend a few years ago, had known her for about the the same amount of time. I still miss her now and think of her whenever I see a butterfly as she loved them like me. So many coincidences in your life with your friend. Sending you huge hugs xx

Sue - said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Carol. Sending you some loving thoughts and hugs. xx

Carole said...

So very sorry to hear about the sad loss of your friend Carol..I expect that you feel as though you have lost a part of yourself. I hope all the lovely memories that you have of the times you shared will help you through this difficult time. Hugs xx

Chrissy said...

Dear Carol..I am so sorry for your loss and my heart goes out to you and the family..


Stamping Bubbles said...

I am so sorry for your loss Carol. Cancer is an awful disease and steals many friends and family too soon from our lives.
May your friend be dancing with the angels now.
Crafty hugs

Anne said...

Such a sad story Carol, a huge loss for you and of course all her family and friends. I'll think of you on the 23rd as you say goodbye to your friend :o(

Anne x

Diane said...

Oh Carol I am so sorry about the lose of your good Friend Alison. My dear friend passed away several years ago and I still find myself wanting to pick up the phone and call her.

Hugs Diane

Sarah said...

My heart goes out to you Carol. What a beautiful angel xx

Carole Pollard said...

So sad Carol to have lost such a special friend Sending my love Carole x

Elise said...

Hi Carol,

I am truly sorry to read about the loss of your beautiful friend. Thinking of you at this very difficult time and praying for your hearts to heal as you hold the precious memories of her locked in your heart forever.

Sending you love & hugs,

Doris knippenenplakken said...

Dear Carol..I am so sorry for your loss of your beautiful friend !
Goes out to you and the family..
Hugs Doris

MiamiKel said...

Oh Carol, I'm so teary eyed reading your post, and how much love you have for your beautiful friend. Yes, 64 is way too young and it sounds like she will be deeply missed by you and her 4 children, husband and grands. I'm so sorry to here this - sending hugs to you!!