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#### nadinbrzezinski

(154,021 posts)and truly now rest.

#### cwydro

(51,308 posts)Hugs.

#### joshcryer

(62,259 posts)#### City Lights

(25,171 posts)#### Warpy

(110,539 posts)I know he knew he was loved.

He will be missed.

#### CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)#### cwydro

(51,308 posts)But you weren't hon.

I lost a friend similarly. We're never ready.

I was thinking about you all day today actually - knowing this was happening.

Hey, he's at peace now and probably laughing at all of us (in a good way) , ya know?

#### CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)I hope he's running out there. That was something he always missed doing...

And yes, laughing too.

#### cwydro

(51,308 posts)And I will run for him tomorrow.

Again hon. <3

#### CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)#### merrily

(45,251 posts)#### shenmue

(38,480 posts)#### RobertEarl

(13,685 posts)Blessings to the both of you.

#### one_voice

(20,043 posts)#### hrmjustin

(71,265 posts)#### daleanime

(17,796 posts)#### hlthe2b

(101,275 posts)#### redwitch

(14,910 posts)I am sorry you suffered so much and I am glad your suffering is over. Peace and healing to all who love you.

#### ucrdem

(15,512 posts)#### mike_c

(36,138 posts)Damn.

#### livetohike

(21,998 posts)knew and loved him .

#### GoCubsGo

(32,033 posts)Glad I got to know you a little bit.

#### sheshe2

(82,790 posts)So very sorry for the family and you, a very good friend. Tears~

#### Raine1967

(11,588 posts)#### TeeYiYi

(8,028 posts)Happy trails, Chris. Enjoy your new journey.

*...the Khemitians (who Hakim called the very ancient and highly sophisticated, pre-dynastic Egyptians) never spoke of death ---but, rather of “westing”, reflecting the paths of our sun and stars. They knew that we are ultimately immortal, and are in a constant state of change…or transformation.*

TYY

#### calimary

(80,155 posts)A keeper. Very profound. Beautiful way to reflect on it.

#### TeeYiYi

(8,028 posts)TYY

#### renate

(13,776 posts)Thank you. I'd never heard of that but it's wonderful.

#### TeeYiYi

(8,028 posts)TYY

#### CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)And I also want to say how much I love your sigline. Gibran has always been one of my big favorites.

#### TeeYiYi

(8,028 posts)TYY

#### BumRushDaShow

(125,558 posts)You will be sorely missed but not forgotten.

Thank you Peggy for your tireless updates.

#### rhett o rick

(55,981 posts)#### cyberswede

(26,117 posts)#### BlancheSplanchnik

(20,219 posts)Safe travels Chris. ❤

Peace, Peggy

#### DesertDiamond

(1,616 posts)#### CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)#### scarletwoman

(31,893 posts)Such a long, agonizing fight. Wishing peace to Laurie most of all. So many hopes raised and then dashed. I can't imagine all the suffering she's been through.

#### cantbeserious

(13,039 posts)eom

#### Richard D

(8,628 posts)#### LongTomH

(8,636 posts)#### YoungDemCA

(5,714 posts)RIP, Chris.

#### malaise

(266,746 posts)#### Ninga

(8,235 posts)#### cwydro

(51,308 posts)#### ScreamingMeemie

(68,918 posts)Never enough time, and it seems like it will always go on forever when we're living in it...

#### CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)Thank you.

#### handmade34

(22,753 posts)#### madamvlb

(495 posts)#### MerryBlooms

(11,673 posts)#### octoberlib

(14,971 posts)#### Gemini Cat

(2,820 posts)Condolences to the family, and to you too, Peggy. Chris was a great guy.

#### sarge43

(28,928 posts)#### Duppers

(28,074 posts)#### LoisB

(6,867 posts)#### In_The_Wind

(72,300 posts)#### Jack Rabbit

(45,984 posts)To all DUers . . .

#### Texasgal

(17,007 posts)Hope you are okay Peggy. You are a good friend.

#### Omaha Steve

(98,498 posts)#### femmocrat

(28,394 posts)His memory will live on at DU and through those who loved him.

#### MissDeeds

(7,499 posts)What a long battle Chris and his family endured. Thanks CP for keeping us updated.

#### TorchTheWitch

(11,065 posts)Damn. Even knowing it was coming it still hits like a ton of bricks.

DU has lost so many good people through nature's course, and with each one it just seems to get harder. I thought I was prepared for this news to come soon, but now that it's happened I realize I wasn't.

Safe passage, Chris. And much love and compassion to his family.

#### MoreGOPoop

(417 posts)See you on the other side, Chris.

#### merrily

(45,251 posts)Thank you so much, Peggy.

#### CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)#### glinda

(14,807 posts)damn

#### AwakeAtLast

(14,103 posts)#### Gidney N Cloyd

(19,694 posts)#### dembotoz

(16,703 posts)#### slumcamper

(1,598 posts)#### csziggy

(34,113 posts)#### edbermac

(15,893 posts)#### ismnotwasm

(41,856 posts)#### Moostache

(9,895 posts)My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

#### steve2470

(37,454 posts)#### zappaman

(20,603 posts)May he rest in peace.

#### sharp_stick

(14,400 posts)I'm so sorry for all of you. I know it's the end we all face but it's so sad.

We don't "talk" much on DU but I follow your posts with so much happiness that this really breaks my heart.

I hope you are all OK and with those you love.

#### Unknown Beatle

(2,671 posts)#### The Velveteen Ocelot

(114,537 posts)#### irisblue

(32,765 posts)#### onecaliberal

(32,109 posts)#### cal04

(41,505 posts)#### brer cat

(24,062 posts)#### WillyT

(72,631 posts)#### Scruffy Rumbler

(961 posts)#### pintobean

(18,101 posts)#### panader0

(25,816 posts)#### yellerpup

(12,247 posts)#### coffeenap

(3,170 posts)#### Cleita

(75,480 posts)#### Mnemosyne

(21,363 posts)#### Owl

(3,618 posts)#### Blue_In_AK

(46,436 posts)<<hug>>

#### 840high

(17,196 posts)#### calimary

(80,155 posts)Much love and solace to Chris's family.

Fly free now, Chris.

#### pnwmom

(108,874 posts)He will be missed.

#### frogmarch

(12,130 posts)#### BlueJazz

(25,348 posts)#### TexasProgresive

(12,134 posts)May perpetual light shine on him and may he rest in peace.

#### tishaLA

(14,176 posts)and hugs to you, Peggy

#### greatlaurel

(2,004 posts)My deepest condolences to all his friends and family.

#### Sissyk

(12,665 posts)#### likesmountains 52

(4,088 posts)#### 2naSalit

(84,939 posts)I have performed the Shoshoni "Mourning Song" for this dear one.

#### CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)#### 2naSalit

(84,939 posts)I do this when someone dear passes. Have done a few times in recent weeks. It doesn't take long but gives one a sense of closure... the song is meant to guide the soul to the good blue road to meet their family.

I didn't know this man but was here shortly before he went in for his surgery, I had hoped he'd have a good recovery and followed your updates. He meant so much to so many here that I felt compelled to do that... I am sorry for the sadness of those left behind. It is the only thing I know to do in these instances.

#### lumberjack_jeff

(33,224 posts)My wish is that each of us has a friend as good as you.

#### zeemike

(18,998 posts)#### Tsiyu

(18,186 posts)and to us, for keeping us apprised of everything so diligently.

RIP, Chris.

#### MrScorpio

(73,604 posts)#### MarianJack

(10,237 posts)...RIP, Chris.

PEACE!

#### abbeyco

(1,555 posts)I've been away from DU but saw some of your posts.

If so, safe passage and thoughts to your family and everyone who loved Chris.

#### CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)Thank you for your good thoughts...

If you want to read other updates, see my Journal.

#### pacalo

(24,721 posts)I hope it was a gentle passing.

#### MannyGoldstein

(34,589 posts)And you, such a good friend to Chris and to us.

Thank you.

#### Nite Owl

(11,303 posts)condolences to his family and friends.

#### Hekate

(89,645 posts)A toast to Chris.

#### shireen

(8,333 posts)He was so fortunate to have such a loving friend like you. Thank you for keeping us updated about him over the many months.

My deepest condolences to his family and his friends.

#### Lochloosa

(15,979 posts)#### longship

(40,416 posts)R&K

#### Skittles

(152,855 posts)#### Iggo

(47,439 posts)#### Skittles

(152,855 posts)#### dorkzilla

(5,141 posts)Rest in peace...

No matter how “prepared” you are, you are never really prepared. Hugs to you, California Peggy....

#### wendylaroux

(2,925 posts)Epitaph on a Friend

An honest man here lies at rest,

The friend of man, the friend of truth,

The friend of age, and guide of youth:

Few hearts like his, with virtue warm'd,

Few heads with knowledge so inform'd;

If there's another world, he lives in bliss;

If there is none, he made the best of this.

Robert Burns

#### William769

(54,906 posts)#### SalmonChantedEvening

(31,941 posts)My sympathies and condolences to all who knew and loved him.

#### Bobbie Jo

(14,341 posts)#### progressoid

(49,616 posts)#### Rex

(65,616 posts)#### MrMickeysMom

(20,453 posts)This is how I imagine it should be when we are ready to leave others behind.

Peace and Comfort to his family …

#### Mojorabbit

(16,020 posts)#### JI7

(89,084 posts)#### BrotherIvan

(9,126 posts)#### ailsagirl

(22,824 posts)May he rest in peace

#### Oldtimeralso

(1,935 posts)#### Manifestor_of_Light

(21,046 posts)The last paragraph of The Bridge of San Luis Rey, a short novel by Thornton Wilder, 1927:
** “But soon we shall die and all memory of those five will have left the earth, and we ourselves shall be loved for a
while
and forgotten.
But the love will have been enough;
all those impulses of love return to the love that made them.
Even memory is not necessary for love.
There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning."**

#### CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)That is truly a wonderful quote. I feel the same about love...

Thank you.

#### Manifestor_of_Light

(21,046 posts)I read it at funerals because I think it's appropriate for anyone to state the primacy of love, religion or no religion.

Then there was the time I read a bunch of Buddhist quotes at a graveside service in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, just outside of Tulsa. They are very conservative and right-wing religious people there.

All the Christians ran off and wouldn't talk to me afterwards (I guess I had those heathen cooties) and one person told me I upstaged the preacher!!

"Be as lamps unto yourselves."

#### lovemydog

(11,833 posts)#### Lifelong Protester

(8,421 posts)Wish I had a friend like you- and RIP, Chris.

#### applegrove

(117,559 posts)always are 'there' for people. So vibes to you too.

#### Kali

(54,947 posts)sigh.

#### nolabear

(41,825 posts)You embody the word "Friend." In the end, it's what we have.

#### sabrina 1

(62,325 posts)This is so sad!

RIP

#### madfloridian

(88,117 posts)#### Zorra

(27,670 posts)#### valerief

(53,235 posts)#### Oilwellian

(12,647 posts)RIP, WC.

#### Tuesday Afternoon

(56,912 posts)I always did like your sig line.

#### CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)**Son, if there is an idiot or an ass hole within 500 miles of you, they're gonna find you and get you to be their friend, My dad, 1973**

http://mylungtransplantyears.wordpress.com/about

I always liked it too.

#### Tuesday Afternoon

(56,912 posts)when he posted about organizing his school's walk-out that was fun and, just one of his many great OPs.

He was an all round Solid DUer.

Let me know when his memorial page gets set up here. I wish Admin would list it under Main Forums for easier access.

Will you be going to the funeral/memorial ...? I know you would, if you could but, logistics might cause a problem.

Take Care and be especially kind to yourself in the coming days.

#### CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)I will be going to his memorial service. Logistics be damned!

It will be on a weekend sometime in May. I have to be there.

#### roguevalley

(40,656 posts)that is no consolation now but he is. I wish everyone peace and the hope of happiness again.

#### Jazzgirl

(3,744 posts)RIP. He had such a hard year. So sad.

#### akbacchus_BC

(5,700 posts)You were a dear friend to Chris.

#### Behind the Aegis

(53,679 posts)He will be missed.

#### msanthrope

(37,549 posts)#### Dems to Win

(2,161 posts)My condolences and wishes for peace to Laurie and all who loved him.

Thank you to California Peggy

#### eridani

(51,907 posts)#### villager

(26,001 posts)Thanks for all your updates during the long battle, Peggy. Condolences to you, and his family...

#### bearssoapbox

(1,408 posts)I got to know him as much as anyone can through his writing and I'm glad for it.

Thank you CaliforniaPeggy.

I'm glad his passing was peaceful.

everybody.

#### gopiscrap

(23,618 posts)#### barbtries

(28,631 posts)i hope he is at peace and please express my sympathy to his family. thank you for keeping DU up to date CaliforniaPeggy!

#### countryjake

(8,554 posts)peace

#### malokvale77

(4,879 posts)Bless you woman.

#### Surya Gayatri

(15,445 posts)ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिंम् पुष्टिवर्धनम् ।

उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात् ।।

Oṁ Auṁ tr-yambakaṁ yajaamahe sugandhim puṣhṭi-vardhanam;

Urvaarukam-iva bandhanaan mṛityor-mukṣhīya maa'mṛitaat.
*...said to be a moksha mantra which bestows...immortality.
*

#### Half-Century Man

(5,279 posts)sleep in peace

#### Violet_Crumble

(35,954 posts)My deepest condolences to his wife, family and friends. And thank you Peggy for being such a great friend to him and keeping all of us at DU updated on how we was going over the past year or so. I never said much in those threads, but I always read them...

#### Enthusiast

(50,983 posts)#### yuiyoshida

(41,686 posts)**konotabiha wa gosyusyou samadesu.**

#### gademocrat7

(10,595 posts)Condolences to his family.

#### Ferretherder

(1,445 posts)#### CBHagman

(16,954 posts)...and let perpetual light shine up on him.

May all his family and friends find peace of heart.

#### Dont call me Shirley

(10,998 posts)#### WilliamPitt

(58,179 posts)I'm holding you right now.

I'm so sorry.

#### ctsnowman

(1,903 posts)#### CrispyQ

(35,948 posts)Thank you for your updates, Peggy.

#### sinkingfeeling

(51,006 posts)#### Octafish

(55,745 posts)The body is temporary. The real You returns.

PS: Thank you, CaliforniaPeggy, for caring about Chris -- and about us all.

#### mercuryblues

(14,406 posts)#### Autumn Colors

(2,379 posts)#### treestar

(82,383 posts)#### spanone

(135,419 posts)#### FailureToCommunicate

(13,918 posts)RIP Chris

We will be running for him today

#### CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)#### BobTheSubgenius

(11,502 posts)#### DeSwiss

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#### Dem2theMax

(9,542 posts)#### AikidoSoul

(2,150 posts)DU will miss him, as is amply clear by the number of replies I've read, and the obvious feelings of loss.

#### passiveporcupine

(8,175 posts)You've been so emotionally invested in trying to help him win this battle. You've been an amazing friend. I'm so sorry.

#### Initech

(99,757 posts)#### Maraya1969

(22,356 posts)#### blogslut

(37,925 posts)Peace and comfort to your family and loved ones.

#### Pathwalker

(6,594 posts)Thank you California Peggy for letting us know.

#### TBF

(31,870 posts)It's never easy. Even when it is time. Take care of you.

#### LeftInTX

(24,223 posts)#### tavernier

(12,265 posts)to light his journey.

#### murielm99

(30,561 posts)No. No. No.

RIP, our friend.

#### KittyWampus

(55,894 posts)#### niyad

(110,955 posts)#### Call Me Wesley

(38,187 posts)May you be free from suffering. Peace and comfort to your family and friends.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_73307&feature=iv&src_vid=158AWXhDdZI&v=-GnCZ3LP90c

#### CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)That was a wonderful mantra, very beautiful and calming.

I appreciate your thoughtfulness so much.

#### tandot

(6,671 posts)He is at peace now ... No more suffering

#### G_j

(40,365 posts)much love..

#### boston bean

(36,167 posts)Like I said before.. he was a good guy.. The world lost a good one.

#### CTyankee

(63,557 posts)about their overall condition...

I am pretty sure that with you around they are getting all the support they need and that is so important.

Good that you are on hand to help. Sounds to me like they were prepared for the worst, even tho they hoped for the best...

It is what happens...

#### CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)They're pretty reality-based, and I think they knew that he was going a few days ago.

I'm not actually around. I live in a suburb of Los Angeles and they are in Cleveland, OH. But we do talk pretty often by phone and this really helps all of us. Everybody's grieving, everybody breaks down in tears from time to time, so we all understand each other.

They've already started planning the memorial service and they've invited me. I will go, of course.

Thanks for asking...

#### CTyankee

(63,557 posts)these services can be so helpful in the process. So I am hoping for the best for the family...

hey...Peggy...I think you know we got your back...

#### CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)And I know you have my back...it means so much.

#### shanti

(21,666 posts)Safe passage...

#### LWolf

(46,179 posts)#### NCarolinawoman

(2,825 posts)#### Eleanors38

(18,318 posts)#### herding cats

(19,516 posts)I know how close you were to Chris. I'm sorry for your loss and of course for the loss of all who loved him. I just wanted to let you know you've been in my thoughts.

#### CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)I appreciate your good thoughts more than you know...

#### pinboy3niner

(53,339 posts)#### CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)#### CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)I am adding a link to the other thread I posted about Chris so that anyone can see what was said before he died. It's just below.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026480257

And here's the link to the In Memoriam page: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=inmemoriam

And here's a link to his profile: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=profile&uid=124472

#### Solly Mack

(90,705 posts)#### Kurovski

(34,655 posts)Another part of an era is gone and missed.

#### Kolesar

(31,182 posts)and he knew about Ohio politics. I had not been on DU in a long while and did not know about the memorium thread.

#### CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)Yes, he did know so much about Ohio politics. I miss him every day. There are so many things I want to ask him.......

Thank you for contributing to his memorium thread.