Hi, Robyn. I’ve just heard the very sad and unexpected news about Bergen. We worked together at the Ombudsman’s Office for years – although we gradually lost touch after he went to ICBC. I last saw him at our reunion party a few years back, on Granville Island. I am so deeply sorry for your loss – I always imagined Bergen running marathons at the age of 100 or more. The news is travelling quickly among many of us former Ombuddies – the Vancouver office was always a tight-knit place and in many ways has remained so. We’re all shocked and very saddened. I don’t know if you are having a funeral or any kind of memorial, but think many of us would like to go if/when you are ready to share that info. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Elizabeth
My dear Robyn,
You don’t know me but I feel I know you, a little. Most of Me came out in my first year post-diagnosis with Parkinson’s. I loved it. I loved it so much and loved you for reminding me that laughter sustains, heals, makes the unthinkable possible. I also have a beautiful Naomi-daughter and an older husband. I am so very saddened by this news of Bergen’s death. I cannot imagine how this is for you and all those who love him.
I do know a little of sorrow, though…my husband, at 72, lives in a care facility with advanced Lewy-Body Dementia. I practically live there, too. Ours is a long goodbye. Yours a cruelly short one, There is no good goodbye.
I hate that you must walk with this loss. I hope that you know that you are not alone. Oh, it is so hard not to be just one huge cliche. I send love and prayers to whatever gods are listening for strength and solace for you and Naomi.
Love and love and more,
Hi Robyn Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. The world will miss the presence of such a kind person. Barb, Jeff and family.
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