It has definitely been a year of many ups and downs. Lou always knew how to organise people, plan an event and make sure it went of without a hitch.Over the past 11 months I have had to come to grips to life without Lou, it was a challenge, we had shared our lives for 14 years also with many ups and downs. Both literally and figuratively, Lou and I traveled many roller-coasters together. But what helped me get through the tough times and take over the organising of Lou’s biggest challenge (her fund), has been the constant support of my many friends who have been there both when I needed them and at the times when I didn’t realise I needed them even though they could see I was down. I am going to share some of the messages that we sent to me in the period after losing Lou that really meant a lot to me. I won’t mention names, but I am sure some of you will recognise your messages.
Thank you all.
At the beginning a small light appeared….in a short time that light burned bright….fiercely…. intensely. But before time had a chance to dim that light, before age turned the light into a faded pale golden glow of old age…the light disappeared to the heavens to shine forever bright. To inspire others. To show the way. Sadly some of us were touched only briefly and there were some that felt the warm glow for slightly longer but none of us as much as one. For that one…Terry…this light burned the brightest, with hope, love, generosity compassion and sincerity. RIP Lou, may your light always burn bright in those who pass time until they reunite once more with you. Terry Heard my thoughts are with you.xx
Terry, all my love to you, Lou’s family and of course your precious furbabies. You are all in my thoughts and I’m still here for any support or help you may need. xoxoxo
Lou Quinn .. Loved By everyone. Truly Inspirational person. See you over the rainbow bridge sometime.
Lou Quinn, you were an angel on earth, now you are an angel above. I remember you always said something nice to me every time we spoke. You always had nice things to say about everybody, but in fact you were the most beautiful soul of all.
Lou was something special – I have never known anyone to be so loved, so adored and so wacky all in one – we and especially you and Maggie were lucky to have someone like that. xxx
I finally a poem that was written for Lou one day before she passed away. This is something that I will always hold dear and I have to thank Emma Bruty for putting Lou’s life into such beautiful words.
Dedicated to Lou Quinn
Although we’ve only crossed paths of late
Via Facebook and online
It’s been wonderful to get to know you
Better than in primary school time
Always a friendly and caring girl
I’m not surprised at all
That your life became a mission
To support those who’d taken a fall
Precious animals in need of rescue
You and Terry came to their aid
But humans, too – you gave them support
Never expecting to be repaid
You’ve protected the lost and the lonely
Those on whom others gave up
Never lacking love for those in need
Yours is an overflowing cup
I wish we could protect YOU
Your partner, your family, your friends
Does this heinous disease even care what it does?
Bringing the best of us to these bitter ends?
If only we could, we would heal you
But your spirit’s stronger than any disease
Your presence has imbued us with so much joy
We’re all blessed to have known you, Louise
Wherever you go on this journey
We are with you – whether near or afar
Rest easy now, as you deserve to do
I’ll think of you when I see the Dog Star. *
*The brightest star in the sky – in Canis Major