Not all those who wander are lost

Posted on Feb 04, 2011. 15 comments

I lost my big sister and best friend Miriam quite suddenly and completely unexpectedly last week. I am absolutely shattered to the core. If you have a few moments you may read her obituary here to see what a wonderful human being she was.

I'd like to thank everyone for your good thoughts, prayers and the many messages I've received since last week. I'd also like to thank everyone who came to the Memorial service. It was nontraditional and completely unique, just like Miriam.


  • Posted by kruse on Feb 06, 2011

    I am very sad to hear that your sister died. My big sister died in 2002. It is a terribly complex grief when you lose a sibling, something that I think only people with brothers or sister can truely understand.
    Anyway, I am thinking of you and sending lots of love and empathy in my thoughts. Love and hugs.

  • Posted by Cathy Bernaciak on Feb 08, 2011

    Michelle, i am so deeply sorry for your loss and the loss to your family. I hope you stay strong and find solace in the special love you shared as sisters. Much love,

  • Posted by Hasmif on Feb 04, 2011

    Lots and lots of love to you and everyone in your family.

  • Posted by Natalie on Feb 04, 2011

    Holding you & your family close in my thoughts.

  • Posted by Lisa B. on Feb 04, 2011

    Her obituary was beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us. Lots of love and prayers.

  • Posted by Clumsy Knitter on Feb 04, 2011


    I am very sorry to hear about your loss. Your sister sounds like an amazing woman. You are in my thoughts.


  • Posted by Brandi on Feb 04, 2011

    Your sister sounds like a wonderful caring person. I know you will miss her dearly. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Posted by marri on Feb 04, 2011

    oh michelle, i’m SO sorry. much love from our house to yours…

  • Posted by mindy on Feb 04, 2011

    Michelle, my brother died of AIDS when he was 34 in 1995. He was 5 years older than me. I know that a day won’t go by where she doesn’t cross your mind many, many times. Even after 15 years there are still moments when it completely blind-sides me. BUT, I do know the smiles will come more often, the memories will become sweeter, and you will feel her presence- I often have dreams- nothing profound, just kind of day to day stuff, where he is here, and I take it as him letting me know things are ok both where he is, and where my sister and I are.

  • Posted by Joan on Feb 04, 2011

    Michelle, I’m so sorry for your loss. She sounds like the perfect big sister — kind, caring, talented and a role model. The thing that makes love so special is that even death can’t destroy it.

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