Our joint families, we have between us some seven children, 13 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Over the years, with families, there is always frailties and sickness, and our family is no exception. Our youngest son has been experiencing his journey with cancer, that journey is eased by the sharing by most of our children and their families in providing moral, physical support, helping, loving and caring to ease that challenging journey.
In sharing the responsibilities and it was our turn to venture north and drive the 1600 kilometres by road, a trek we had done so many times over the last few years. The eldest brother and his family had just provided support to young brother during that weekend. Before we left, we received an urgent phone call advising that our eldest son’s wife had passed! After the shock and acceptance of the fact, it wasn’t a car accident, she just scrapped herself into her passenger car-seat and shortly afterwards, fell asleep, never to awaken again! As time passes, emotions and blame settles, the calmness absorb the family, she passed in the presence of her family, peacefully.
Perhaps it was a blessing for this warrior of the Barrier Reef and our forests; perhaps it was time, had she had done all she could and she needed move on and fight another battle somewhere else. She will be remembered by those who worked with her on her causes she so campaigned, by her two adoring sons, by those she touched as a mentor and her energetic endeavours to make this planet of ours a better place. Dear Felicity, RIP.