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Sunday, November 1, 2009

In Memory....

of my sister,

Jo-ene Lee Berke

who left us on
Friday, October 3oth 2009
between 3:00 & 4:00 am ~
...forever remembered, forever missed.
until the very end of her battle with cancer...
as we stood around her bedside remembering her life,
Jo continued to make us laugh...
Jo was a daughter, sister and mother.
she lived a very full life that seemed at times to be a struggle for her...
all the while raising twobeautiful daughters by herself, working and keeping a home....
She became a registered Nurse in her 40's, and went on to
do the hardest job anyone could do...
she decided to become a Hospice Nurse.
Being a hospice nurse battling cancer is hard enough, but when a person such as Jo, someone who had to be in total control of every situation and aspect of her own life, it was extremely hard for her to let go and let others care for her...
having hospice visit her everyday for the past months, was something that I know she was thankful for...i will tell you how very thankful we, as her family are, for the loving support and gentle strength of the dedicated nurses who have befriended our family.
Multitudes of emails have been sent to me, and i thank you all, again, for your faith, friendship and thoughts of healing for our family...
May we all continue to care for, and respect each other as we should...
we are sisters, mothers and daughters ourselves...
May you all be blessed.
~Lori~

51 comments:

janeu729 said...

Lori, I've been thinking of you all week. I know this has been a struggle and an ordeal for you and your family. I pray you all will have comfort as Jo now has peace.
Hugs...
Jane

Gail said...

There are never any words that work in times like these...know we are with you.

Janet - underthewillow said...

I am very sorry for your loss Lori.

Janet

Christine said...

I'm so very sorry for the loss of your sister, Lori. I'll pray for your and your family.

~Christine~

~Judy~ said...

Lori, there are really no words to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. You will be in my prayers.

Judy

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Lori.

Offering my prayers....

Kath

taylors*farmhouse*attic said...

MY deepest sympathies Lori!!!..You're family are in my prayers!!~~hugs,Jen

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Lori. My heart goes out to all of you.

Jennifer said...

oh, Lori, I'm so sad for your loss. I just said a prayer for you and your family before posting this comment and will continue to do so. I've never met you in person, but from your blog I can tell you are a sweet person.
So sorry to see this. I am a nurse too and can say it is very hard to be on the other side and accept help.

{{{hugs}}}}

Jennifer Dalenberg
Feathers in the Nest

http://www.feathersinthenest.blogspot.com/

Catherine G. said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. May everyone's kind words and thoughts bring you some peace.

Kathy (woolfind) said...

Lori, My Deepest sympathies sent to you today. Praying for you and your family, yet in the same aspect, rejoicing in where your sister is now. It sounds like she Blessed those around her. Praying your memories bring you much comfort.

Christine said...

Prayers for you and your family....
christine

Witch of Stitches said...

I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you. May her journey be a wonderful adventure! XOXOXO

Megan @ Stitchinthedayaway said...

I too am so sorry for your loss, it is such a diffucult part of life to go through, but know we are all thinking of you & praying for peace for your family!! Take care ~
Megan

Myra said...

You and your family are in my thoughts.

magikalseasons said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart is with you and your family.

LeeHillPrimitives said...

Lori,
I am so very sorry for the loss of your sister. I will pray for you and your family. Hugs, Evelyn

Raggedy Angel said...

Many prayers for you.
Beth

Constance said...

Dear Lori,
I have been thinking of you and your family daily. I wish you peace and comfort. Love never seperates and spiritual bonds are forever. Please take care and be blessed.
Sallie

Stacey said...

Lori~

I, like so many others have been quietly beside you with healing energies and prayers. We are never ready to lose the loves of our lives, but memories kept keep them ever beside. I know you will honor Jo and her family, keeping them close and loving each other.

Stacey

Sycamore Moon Studios said...

Blessings to you and your family. Thanks so much for sharing the lovely words honoring your sister.

The Bird said...

I'm so so sorry to hear of your loss. Thank you for sharing what a beautiful soul your sister is (yes, is). May that love comfort you in this difficult time. *hugs* Brialee

Orange Sink said...

Such a beautiful memorial honoring your sister and her life. She lives on through you and your family. Take care Lori and find peace and healing in the days to come. Cathy G

Cinlyn said...

Lori, you & your family have been in my thoughts all week. So sorry for your loss...take care my friend.

NothingPlainByJane said...

Lori,

I feel your pain and sadness. I am so sorry for your loss. XO

Jane in MI

Katrina said...

Lots of good thoughts and prayers for you and your family. I am very sorry about your sister.

dog trot farm said...

Lori, I am very sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family.

mornings322 said...

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your families.

TheRustyWillow said...

I wish there was something I could say to help heal the pain you are going through. I lost my daughter and the pain you go through when you lose a loved one is like no other in this life. My thoughts are with you and your family. Please anytime you feel like you need to vent feel free to vent my way. I will understand. tammygirl68@gmail.com God Bless you.

The Burlap Owl said...

Lori,

Our thoughts and our prayers are with you and your family...

Take Care,
Tina

Rugs and Pugs said...

Lori ~
I am so sorry for your loss. Find comfort and peace in knowing that she is without pain.
Prayers to you and your family.
Lauren

Rachael Kinnison said...

Ohh Lori, I am so very sorry. There are no words for times like these, just feelings~ I will pray you and your family can find Peace~ Bless You , rachael

Julie's Keepsakes said...

I'm utterly saddened by the news, Lori. I just have no words except that I pray for your family and that you find peace within. I am thinking of you and yours. Jo sounds like an amazing person - what a blessing she was.

[[Hugs]]

Liberty Primitives & Needleworks said...

Hi Lori,
I am so sorry about your Sister...I know what you are going through after losing my Mom and brother the same way! Please know my prayers are with you and your family, Lori. She was blessed to have a sister like you!
God Bless You,
Nancy
Liberty House Primitives

Sharon said...

Lori, I am so very sorry to hear of your sisters passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Rebecca said...

Lori,

My prayers will be with you. Thank you for sharing your heart and your sister with us as she and the rest of you struggled so hard with this illness. Your sister was an inspiration to us and your care for her was amazing.

zoomcity said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Lori. All the best to you.

ctlogcabin said...

Dear Lori ~~
My thougths and prayers are with you all.
May God bless you and your whole
family in this time of sorrow.
Hugs ~ Connie xox

basketsnprims said...

Lori,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.
Hugs,
Pam

William Bezek said...

Dear Lori, I am very sorry to read this. It is always sad when someone leaves our mortal coil too soon.

woolwoman said...

Such sad news Lori - My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Mel

THE SPICE CUPBOARD said...

Lori...Many prayers for you and your family. Having a brother dealing with pancreatic cancer right now brings your loss of a sibling right to my heart. God Bless your family. Judy

Cabin Creek Farm ♥ said...

am so sorry Lori

Aprons Gone Wild said...

Lori,
So sorry for your loss. I too, can't say enough about hospice. It has changed the way our loved ones leave us. The quiet, peaceful, loving care extended by hospice has changed the awful face of death for those left behind.
Warmest thoughts are with you.
Joanne

Lindy said...

Lori
I am so sorry!

whimseycreations said...

May the angels wrap their arms around you and your family as I know they have Jo. So sorry for your loss. Hugs!

Jeanie said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
Take care.

Marita said...

My heartfelt condolences at the loss of your beloved sister...may you have a skyful of memories to treasure through the rest of your life.
Marita

Ter'e said...

God Bless Your Hearts. You have been in my thoughts and prayers.

My deepest sympathies,
Ter'e

Lori, you are such a strong woman - we all should be half as strong as you..............

Joni of Fully Wooly Primitives said...

So sorry to hear your sister has passed on - my thoughts are with you and your family.
hugs Joni

~Wendy~ said...

What a beautiful tribute to your sister! Sending warm thoughts across the miles.
~W~

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