#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


It’s Been a Hard Week

Monday evening, a dear friend’s husband lost his brave battle with cancer.  

In addition, we recently lost Jo Beverley, a writer I have known for many years.

So many good-byes.

If possible, I will blog tomorrow, and try to be more cheerful.  In the meantime, I need to reflect. 

And to write.  Words read, words written.  Both have the power to heal.

 

47 comments to “It’s Been a Hard Week”

  1. Andrea Lammly
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 1:50 pm · Link

    Sorry for your losses Linda. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your friends families.



  2. Debra Wright
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 1:53 pm · Link

    Very sorry to hear Linda! I will keep you and your dear friend in my prayers. The Lord is good and faithful.



  3. Renae Kinsey
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 1:53 pm · Link

    My condolences for your loss. May you find some peace and comfort. It’s so hard losing close friends. Love u



  4. Linda Romine
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 1:55 pm · Link

    So sorry for the loss of people near to your heart!



  5. Caryn Horn
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 1:58 pm · Link

    The losses are so tough. I’m sorry for yours. I lost my oldest son and mom within six months of each other and just now, now that my mom’s house is finally sold, I have the opportunity to grieve for both of them. He was so young, she was so old. Both had full lives until the end so I thank God for that. Words read have helped me immensely, as has my total acceptance of God in my life. I’ll pray for you.



  6. tammy carter
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 2:01 pm · Link

    My condolences to you and your friends for your losses. I pray for your comfort and healing in this challenging time.



  7. Marilyn Fish
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 2:11 pm · Link

    It is a very sad time. Find comfort in your words both written and read.



  8. Virginia Horton
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 2:26 pm · Link

    We have lost a lot of friend ourselves lately. It is so sad. I was really sad when I heard about Jo Beverly because I really loved her books.



  9. Alison B.
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 2:32 pm · Link

    Blessings to you.



  10. Jeannine Klimt
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 2:33 pm · Link

    Linda, I am so very sorry for your losses. I hope that you feel all the love and prayers flowing to you.



  11. Brenda ireland
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 2:38 pm · Link

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your friends at this time.



  12. Deborah Nelson
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 2:48 pm · Link

    My heartfelt prayers and condolences.



  13. Linda Holmes
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 2:54 pm · Link

    My prayers are with you and the families of your friends

    Linda



  14. Diane Sallans
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Yes – hearing about Jo Beverley really hit me – love her stories! So hard to process losing family & friends, even when we know it is coming. :cry:



  15. Shirley Wetmore
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 2:59 pm · Link

    So sorry for all of your loses. Glad to hear that writing helps you in times like these. :cry: :cry:



  16. Barbara Madden
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 3:12 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss.



  17. Susan Levan
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 3:19 pm · Link

    Sorry for all your losses. I love Jo Beverley’s stories, the world lost one of many great authors :(



  18. Ruby Norwood
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 3:19 pm · Link

    Sorry for your loses Linda, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your friends.



  19. Janet Zachary
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 3:52 pm · Link

    Sorry for your losses, Linda. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.



  20. DIXIE hadley
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 3:59 pm · Link

    Dear Linda
    So sorry to hear about your losses. I too have recently experienced devastating losses, my dear brother in-law Feb.15, my brother and his wife March 9th, All this year. I haven’t been on line much since their deaths but am now trying to get back in the swing of things. As a retired counselor(which included Grief counseling) I still have to process the pain in order to heal, just as everyone else. The pain is real but so is our God and in time we will move forward and life will return to some balance again. I will remember you in my prayers. God bless you and the families of those who have passed. Sincerely Dixie J. Hadley



  21. Lorelei
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 4:03 pm · Link

    I am sorry for your losses. It is a comfort in our losses when we know they are in Heaven.

    I am praying for peace for you and your friend.



  22. Rita C
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 4:25 pm · Link

    sending healing thoughts and best wishes your way. Life is certainly hard sometimes, but worth it in the end.



  23. Rita C
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 4:25 pm · Link

    sending healing thoughts and best wishes your way. Life is certainly hard sometimes, but worth it in the end.



  24. Louise McCourt
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 4:30 pm · Link

    So sorry for your goodbyes….my prayers are with you and their families…



  25. Ann Bartholomew
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 4:53 pm · Link

    Years ago at the funeral of a child in our church the minister said that every day God walks through his garden to gather a bouquet. Some flowers are just beginning to bud, some are in full bloom, while others are past their prime. Your friends have found their places in God’s beautiful bouquet.

    In the Newbery Award winning book Sounder, the teacher said that when a flower blooms it blooms forever in the eyes of those who see it. Even children’s literature can teach us life’s lessons.



  26. Debbie Bleege
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 5:04 pm · Link

    I am so sorry for both losses to you. My prayers are with you and their families



  27. Sandy Fincel
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 5:17 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss.



  28. Melaine Langi
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 6:15 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear of your friends’ passing. I pray a cure for all cancers can be found in the very near future. Too many have lost their lives to this terrible disease.



  29. Pat Parker
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 6:34 pm · Link

    I can empathize. Don’t know about you, but I think losing so many friends has much to do with the age we have attained.
    God bless and comfort you in your loss.



  30. Lynn Hogan
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 6:46 pm · Link

    Prayers for your sorrows….



  31. Susan Lee
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 6:56 pm · Link

    my sincerest condolences on these losses. May the God of all comfort bring you his solace.
    Susan Lee



  32. Jo Ann Baker
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 7:06 pm · Link

    Sorry for your loss of friends. May the Angles shine on them.
    Hope you have a blessed weekend.



  33. Susan Eaton
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 7:24 pm · Link

    Prayers, thoughts and hugs.



  34. Lois Rotella
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 8:24 pm · Link

    So sad. Heard about Jo Beverly. Prays for their family and friends.



  35. Leanna
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 9:20 pm · Link

    Death is so hard. Now that my parents are getting older I worry about them. Will this be the last time I talk to them?



  36. midge watkins
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 9:53 pm · Link

    May God welcome them home and send a kind feeling to you.



  37. Jo Pankey
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      · June 3rd, 2016 at 10:03 am · Link

    So sorry to hear about Jo Beverly. Enjoy her books.



  38. Lynn Hill
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      · June 3rd, 2016 at 10:09 am · Link

    Oh Linda I am so sorry for your loss. :(



  39. Kathryn
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      · June 3rd, 2016 at 11:02 am · Link

    So sorry to hear of your dear friends. They are in such a better place now. Prayers for you and your friend’s families.



  40. Linda Beaudoin
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      · June 3rd, 2016 at 1:42 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear about your losses.



  41. Tammy O
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      · June 3rd, 2016 at 2:40 pm · Link

    I am so very sorry for your loss Linda! We lost my favorite uncle in Feb. The following week a dear family friend. The week after that one of my husband’s cousins. They all 3 died of a different cancer. With today’s medical technology you think they could find a cure for this horrible disease! Prayers.



  42. Roz Goodenough
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      · June 3rd, 2016 at 5:18 pm · Link

    Losses are hard and as we age they become more difficult. We all will meet our Maker one day so it’s important to make the most of every day we are give. Love & prayers



  43. Niki Davis
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      · June 3rd, 2016 at 6:49 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear about your friends husband but understand you grief with the recent loss of my cousin who was killed during a home invasion on Monday.

    Sorry to hear about Jo Beverley as well – she was one of my favorite authors. I will miss her a bunch.

    Niki



  44. Crystal
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      · June 3rd, 2016 at 8:16 pm · Link

    I lost my husband on May 10th after a battle with cancer. I miss him so much and I hurt so bad. So please send my sympathy to your friend. I know her pain and it’s horrible.

    My Mom then fell on May 23 and broke her hip. She had surgery on the 24th and we came home yesterday.

    This whole year just has not been good. I have now had my first anniversary with out my husband here to celebrate with me and his birthday is next week. It’s going to be a rough month.

    Thinking of you and your friend at this horrible time.



  45. Peggy Casey
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      · June 4th, 2016 at 2:02 am · Link

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.



  46. Dona Kutska
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      · June 5th, 2016 at 6:13 pm · Link

    So sorry to read that, hope you feel better soon, my thoughts and prayers are with you.



  47. Jeanna Cook
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      · June 6th, 2016 at 1:58 pm · Link

    sorry for your losses this week. Hugs.



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