Picture taken by my friend Cyndi Leos....thank you Cyndi.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sudden Tragedy...Loss Of A Friend...

As some of you may know, Penny Westwood at Penny's Word (which has been deleted) was in a car accident, August 17, 2010.  She lived in a small town of New South Wales. She was driving and swerved to avoid a speeding car driving too fast, around a curve and on the wrong side of the road.  Her car left the road and slammed into a tree.  She was severely injured.  The doctors put her into an induced coma.  She became conscious, and then had a relapse.  Tragically, she died August 26, 2010 in the hospital of a cerebral hemorrhage.  Her funeral some time today, in the afternoon. She was only 59 years of age...

Several days ago, I had gone to her blog to check for updates and discovered it had been deleted.  It gave me a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach, but I hoped either her husband Doug, or one of her three teens, may have done it by accident...

I had emailed her Gmail account asking how she was.  Today, I received an email from her husband Doug, who shared about her death.  When I replied, that email had been deleted as well.  I cannot imagine the grief and loss they have to be feeling now...

I read her blog last March.  I had read one of her poems and was so touched, I asked if I might have her permission to post it.  She graciously allowed me to.  At the end of my post today, I will re post her poem.

I had been corresponding with her only five months, but in that short span of time, through her writing and photographs, I felt she was a kind, gentle, loving woman who loved her family, her little town, animals and nature.  She was a regular visitor with her comments.  I will miss her.

Here is her poem:

Just sayin’.

When in doubt, leap. One needs a little courage to live.
Miracles happen so often they become commonplace.

It’s easier to draw a straight line than to straighten a crooked one.
How come it’s always the narrow path that considers itself superior?

If you paint a black picture, the picture will be black.
Boredom is the price one pays for not enjoying everything.

Getting lost is part of getting there.
There’s something braver than dying for the truth – living without it.

Lessons are learned, not taught.
When your burden gets too heavy, you learn how to carry it.

The little girl riding her bicycle. Never once did she wonder: “Is this worthwhile?”
The sea will wash away our footprints but not the fact we made them.

Experiences for which there are no words get along fine without them.
Reasons are invented, not found.

No river could flow if it had to know its destination first.

~Penny Westlake~

Rest in peace, dear friend...


DJan said...

I had heard about this accident from Robert the Skeptic. Now I know she is gone, and I never had a chance to even visit her. Thank you for sharing this poem of hers; now I have a little piece of her legacy myself. Blessings to you, Donna, and I hope her family will know she touched many outside of her immediate family.

That corgi :) said...

that is sad, Donna. I remember you mentioning about her accident a little bit ago. I had never read her but enjoyed reading her poem. It is sad how fragile life is and how it can end so quickly like this; makes us always want to make sure we say king words to our loved ones when we leave and never go to bed angry. I feel for her family; I am sure their loss is unimaginable.

hugs to you too because I know how attached we do get to our friends online......


Marylinn Kelly said...

Donna, A fitting tribute to reprint Penny's poem. This wasn't the news anyone wanted to hear but I'm glad you followed your instinct and heard back from her husband. I can only imagine the extent of their loss. I truly appreciate your letting us know.

Sherry O'Keefe said...

thanks donna,

your words helped me understand how i felt when i heard she was injured, in a coma, and then- had pased away. the first time i read penny's words i felt as though we'd crossed paths so that i might gain from her sense of spirit. so much trust and faith in her words.

that you share all this with us speaks of your own generous and giving spirit. i am so sorry for her family's loss and hope that her poem you've shared brings them strength as time passes.

Chatty Crone said...

I didn't know her - but it doesn't matter - it always hurts to lose a friend. Sorry.

sandie w/♥

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

how terribly sad. her writing was amazing and I'm sorry that I did not get to know her and to enjoy her blog. my heart is heavy for her family. thank you for sharing her poem.