Sunday, August 24, 2014

What a loss

We've lost a friend in the writing world. 

Yesterday evening, Tina Downey succumbed to complications while battling chronic health problems.

I hadn't known Tina long, but I liked her from the beginning. She was funny, kind, talented, generous, and encouraging of others, despite the many challenges she faced in her personal life. 

Tina was roughly my age, and that has made her death an even more sober reminder. Hug the people you love and spend time with them. None of us knows how long we have.


25 comments:

  1. I'm also about the same age, and it is a reminder that life is short and precious.
    I'm trying to compose a tribute to her for my post tomorrow, and this is really, really hard...

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  2. So sad. My thoughts are with her family. :-(

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  3. Wow, that's so sad. I'm sorry to all her were close to her. I think I may have read her blogs during the A to Z challenge. It sounds like she was able to touch a lot of lives.

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  4. I got to know Tina a little better via the Tree of Life project last December. She was a great writer and a wonderful blogger and I can't help but think of her quote from the segment she wrote for the Tree of Life story: "A voice whispered in her soul, “Freedom! Take the freedom!” My heart goes out to her family.

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  5. So sad. Hugs for you. Sorry to hear this.

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  6. I'm sorry to hear this. Truly, nobody knows how much time they have.

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  7. Still in shock Melissa. Still in shock. She was so full of hope, I never doubted her.

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  8. It was a real shock when I read about her passing.
    She had such a wonderful spirit... it's a great loss...

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  9. I didn't have the chance to read Tina's blog but it sounds like she touched many lives just from reading this, Melissa. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your friend but it sounds like you will always have an astounding regard for the legacy she left behind in her writing and compassion towards others and their writing.

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  10. I met Tina in last year's A-Z. She was wonderful - funny and sweet rolled into one. I miss her already.

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  11. It's shocking and so sad. My prayers are with her loved ones.

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  12. So sad to hear of her passing :( It does remind you that there are never any guarantees in life, and that every day should be cherished.

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  13. She made so many of us laugh with her sense of humor that came across in her posts and her emails. I'm glad to see the tribute everyone is giving her.

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  14. So sad to lose someone who tirelessly supported other writers. :-(

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  15. I did not know Tina that well but it seems she did make the most of all the time she had, which we should all do, like you say. Such a sad loss.

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  16. Agreed. You never do know how long you have, and I suppose that's why we tell each other to get out and live life, despite whatever pet projects we're pushing, eh? Here's to seizing the day, and to Tina.

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  17. I was so shocked and saddened to read about this. I did not know Tina well but I never would have imagined she struggled with such health problems. I'm so sorry for her family and all that have lost such a dear friend.
    We certainly never know what is waiting for us around the corner.

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  18. How sad and far too young. Prayers for her family.

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  19. An event such as Tina's passing does put our lives in perspective. She will be sorely missed.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  20. I did not know Tina, but my thoughts and prayers are with her family and with those who counted her a friend and will miss her dearly.

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  21. Sad and sorry for the loss of such a great online friend.

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  22. Thanks for your touching message, Melissa. I'm 48 and my Mom passed at 49 too. It does feel a bit more devastating. So true about needing to express our loving feelings NOW because we never now how much "now" we'll have.

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