Mar. 6th, 2012

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By now, most everyone, who knows him, is aware of [livejournal.com profile] popfiend's wife Lisa's sudden death on Sunday, March 4th.

I know [livejournal.com profile] popfiend primarily through his posts on Livejournal. He is very much the same in person as he is online so I was very aware of how devoted he is to Lisa and likewise how she was to him. I think they got each other on a level that is rare in relationships and it was truly inspiring and beautiful. So when I did get the chance to meet Lisa last November at Philcon and see them interact, it was just as evident in person that they loved each other deeply as [livejournal.com profile] popfiend had posted about on a frequent if not daily basis. Their lives, their being, were/are so intertwined that it is nearly impossible for me to imagine one without the other. This is why the news of Lisa's passing is such a shock, "A punch to the gut" as [livejournal.com profile] grayhawkfh has so aptly put it. [livejournal.com profile] popfiend is someone who is a force for good on Livejournal and in life. Over the past few years that I have come to read his journal regularly, I have come to care for [livejournal.com profile] popfiend as for a dear friend. I am cycling through almost as many emotions about this as [livejournal.com profile] popfiend. Shock, anger, sadness, worrying about [livejournal.com profile] popfiend, are just a few. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to [livejournal.com profile] popfiend and all of Lisa's family. If there is anyway that I can be of any help, my friend, [livejournal.com profile] popfiend please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please also go over and read this entry on the same subject by [livejournal.com profile] cbpotts linked by [livejournal.com profile] elionwyr and this by[livejournal.com profile] elionwyr for a far more eloquent and accurate reaction than I am capable of relaying.

Here are a couple of quotes that came to mind when thinking about [livejournal.com profile] popfiend's loss.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft star-shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
-Mary Frye

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
― Lao Tzu

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