Sadly, losing those who are close to us is a part of life we all have to deal with. A good friend may be taken before their time, or even if they live out a full and healthy life it hurts just the same. I’ve lost acquaintances over the years, but only a handful of friends; I guess you could call me lucky, but I am young enough at 28 to know that there is more heartache to come. It’s just something we have to deal with.
About five years ago, I was of the opinion that one could not meet a person over the internet and become a true friend with them. That all changed. I am saddened to report the loss of one of my very dear friends, Trudy Turner, who you may know better here at CBS as
In January of 2007, I stumbled across a thread here called the “All Friends Bar & Grill” and Mopsele, Mops as we called her, was one of the mainstays. I only later found out she was a southern lady, and the classiest one you will ever find at that. Mops had the kindest, gentlest soul I have ever encountered here, or arguably out in the face to face world too. She would treat anyone with dignity and respect so long as they deserved it, but had a mighty strong backbone too. She was not afraid to speak her mind and tell trolls to leave the rest of us alone.
When I first heard of Mops’ illness a few months back I was distraught, but also deeply touched by the outreach of everyone and anyone who knew her. We all pitched in to help her fight, whether through prayer, phone calls, or even a special radio show. We have all spiraled into a deep depression upon hearing the news of her passing. Yet, I know that she has entered a better place where she is free from pain and all of her earthly physical limitations, looking down on her B&G with pride, and that makes me happy.
After meeting such great people like Mops and countless others here on CBS, I call bullplop on the “You can’t develop close relationships with those you meet online” argument. But, some have just not been as lucky as I, to come upon a place where you are welcomed and respected..and even yes loved, by your peers. My thoughts and prayers go out to Trudy’s widow Willie, I can’t imagine the pain he is going through right now.
In closing, I invite all who read this blog to visit Mops’ home, the All Friends Bar & Grill. It is on the off topic board, always near the top. I also invite anyone to share their personal experiences of loss, that it may bring you comfort to express your pain. You never truly get over the loss of a friend, but hopefully in time the realization sets in that he or she wouldn’t want you to fret over their death, but move forward and seek happiness in your own life. God bless.