It’s incredible how we become one big family here on WordPress. I’ve been blogging for about six years now and “met” Kim in those early days. She had become a wonderful friend, and her writing was honest, raw, and beautiful. I had often thought that if I made it to her side of the country again, we may have the chance to finally meet.
I knew she had been struggling with her health lately, but when I found out she had passed, it hit hard. The finality is tough to deal with, but even though this sounds cliche, I’m so grateful she’s no longer suffering. I believe Kim viewed life as one big adventure – to live it to its fullest…
Below is a beautiful poem Kim wrote for a woman who was going into hospice care, a woman who was like a mother to her. As I read Kim’s words, I realize how much they relate to her new journey now and to how her family and friends are feeling.
All things are possible
I know the road before you is long and hard
it would be so easy to lay down your load
breathe in the tranquility of everlasting rest
as you climb the ladder to your promised reward
I know the challenges you face
wrestling with the peace calling you
and the comfort of loved ones pulling you
you have done your time it is your choice
if you take this path to glory
take the gift of love from those who care
lean on their strength to find your way
you are in my heart
I care more than the words express
selfishly I want you to stay
there wasn’t enough time
to do the many things there are to do
to share the words silently kept
my life was enriched by you
you are a part of my soul
and forever I will keep your spirit close
Kimberly Wilhelmina Floria 2/14/17
Selfishly, we would want you to stay, Kim, but, it was your time for eternal rest, to be free of pain and suffering. Just know that You have enriched the lives of so many who loved you and cared – family and friends…We will miss you dearly, and “You are in our hearts and we will keep your spirit close.” ❤
29 thoughts on “Remembering Kim…”
Oh Lauren.. I also followed Kim, and left several messages some months back because I know she had not posted in ages, and was not well,
This is very sad news to all who knew her. And she was a wonderful inspiration, with her deep poems that touched you to read them.
I can not quite believe it, that she has passed. but I also know how she was suffering in her illness’s in and out of the hospital with operations.
She is now at peace and no doubt smiling down at us, saying she is now having a great time in her new surroundings. And confirming ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.
Many thanks for this tribute and poem Lauren and for sharing her passing. May she rest in love and Peace
Love Sue ❤
It is hard to believe, Sue, but like you said, even though she’ll be dearly missed, it’s a blessing that she is out of pain and no longer suffering. All those cliche things we hear and say at times are actually genuine. I know she’s smiling down on us, too. Sending love and hugs, my friend…xo
I am sure she is, her struggling now is over, and her heart will shine on in her amazing poetry.. ❤
She sounds like she had a beautiful soul and lived life to its fullest. Her poem was moving and touching. ❤️
She truly did, Steph, and thanks for what you said about her poem. All of her writing was very moving and evocative. Thanks for stopping by, and Love you! 💕💕
Oh, Lauren, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your blogging friend. Her poem is touching. Thank you for sharing it with us. Sending you lots of love and hugs.
Thanks for your kind words, Michelle. Even though many of us haven’t met in person, when one passes, it’s still a loss and very surreal. She was too young, but very ill and knowing she suffered was hard to bear, as well, for those who knew her…Hugs and love you, too. xoxo
That is so positive and uplifting. Thanks for sharing that. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment, Ian. 🙂
Lauren, this is such a beautiful tribute for Kim. I’ve missed her the last few months and was shocked to hear the sad news. Thank you for sharing this. ❤️
Thanks so much, Betty. I found out on fb and was absolutely shocked even though I knew she had been very sick. It’s still hard believe…❤❤
Yes it is. I’m still trying to get over the loss of Cynthia Jobin almost a year ago. Don’t know if you followed her or not. Her blog is still up. (Little old lady who…) Her poetry was incredible, and she was so very kind and generous with her comments.
I’m so sorry to hear about Cynthia’s passing, too, Betty, and no, I didn’t know her. What is her link? Life is so hard sometimes, isn’t it?
Stand by and I’ll look for the link.
Try that, Lauren. Also if you Google her name there are many articles about her.
Okay, thanks! Have a good weekend…
You have a good weekend too, Lauren.
And yes, life can be hard. We try to remain philosophical about these losses but it’s often hard. Thank you again for your caring tribute to Kim.
Lauren, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend, Kim. It is never easy to bear grief and sorrow…her strength and poetic creativity can hopefully be of support to you now.
I think we are the first generation to make close friends online … and the first generation to lose them too…very strange times indeed. Take care, hugs xx
Thanks so much, Annika. You’re right, it is so wonderful to make friends here, but very strange when someone passes. If we haven’t met in person, it is still a loss, but a different kind and definitely surreal. Sending hugs to you, too, and have a good weekend. 💗
I’m sorry to hear of your friend’s passing. When you interact with someone over a long period of time, you certainly do feel like you get to know them and they can become real friends.
A wonderful tribute to your friend, Lauren. And I am so sorry for your loss. Sadly I know how it feels to loose a (blogging) friend – 2 months ago one of mine passed away and I still think of him everyday. It’s strange for outsiders to understand what we bloggers feel in cases like that. He also suffered from illness and the grief and sadness was mingled with relief that he no longer had to suffer… I didn’t know Kim but the poem you shared is so beautiful and touched my heart. Sending you lots of love and huge hugs! 😚💕 xxx
Thanks, Sarah, and I’m so sorry for your loss, too. I think it is hard for others to understand blogging relationships, which in itself is understandable. 🙂 But, when I heard about Kim’s passing, it really affected me. She was a wonderful person and friend, but I know she’s reveling in a pain-free world now, smiling down on all of us. Big hugs and lots of love to you, too. xoxo
Thank you, Lauren. I have often thought that I would someday meet Terry and his husband, he had planned to travel the world. I know many of his blogging friends had the same thought. I have learned so much from him and will keep him in my heart. And I am so grateful that I have found a new wonderful friend in you, Lauren! It’s just amazingly wonderful! Have a very lovely day! Big hugs and kisses! xoxo 😄💕
I’m also grateful to have found you, Sarah! Thank you, and we’ll continue to hold our precious friends close to heart. Have a wonderful weekend, and lots of love to you, too! xoxo
I followed Kim, although we hadn’t touched each other personally. Yes, her journey on earth is over, but so is her suffering. We will all follow her one day, into the beyond. I hope to be remembered by someone in my WP family. I hope to remember someone, as you have remembered Kim.
I think many of us here on WP would hope to be remembered, as well as, to remember someone who touched our lives in a special way here. And yes, someday, we’ll see Kim again. I miss her a lot, though. Thanks for stopping by; I appreciate it. 💕