RIP, Dear Sister

My sister, Jacquie, passed away. She was the most beautiful, with the longest hair.

RIP Sister #1

My dearest niece, Sherrie is her daughter. Sherrie is my muralling partner, & responsible for the shots you see on GLaM of me taking pics of graf.

RIP Sister #2

This image, taken outside a beauty parlor, is the perfect representation of Jacquie. May your afterlife be as beautiful, dear sister.

Pics taken by Resa – June 21, 2015

Toronto, Canada

RIP Sister #3

74 thoughts on “RIP, Dear Sister

    1. Thank you, Cindy! It has taken me awhile to get to this point.
      I believe I took this 14-16 hour a day job on to ignore the reality.
      However, today when I saw this painting, I knew it was time to fess up, and deal with it! ❤

    1. Thank you, Maria! It is a very strange feeling. It’s not easy to accept, so I have taken a job that is 14 hours a day.
      I found this piece of street art by accident, today.
      I now believe I am accepting. xo

    1. Ralph.. is there anything harder? Thank you for your condolences! I have ignored this reality by taking the job I am on, which is taking 14 hours a day & 140% of my brain. However, reality hit home today when I saw this painting on the street.
      Big hugs to you! xoxoxox ❤ #< #< #< ❤

      1. So sorry my friend. I can understand why you have buried yourself in work. I would have probably done the same if I was a lot closer to my sister than what I was. Luckily you have a good friend and niece Sherrie at hand which must be a great comfort to both of you. xoxoxox ❤ #< #< #< ❤

        1. Sherrie so dear to me. I can’t begin to tell you of my love for her!
          What joy we have together!
          Thank you, Ralph! You are a dear heart.
          xoxoxox ❤ #< #< #< ❤

  1. I am so very sorry for your loss, Resa. I will hold you and Sherrie in my heart. You have each other, so laugh and cry together, and know you will always have beautiful memories of the fair maiden with the longest hair. ♥

  2. Oh, my dear Resa, I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember you mentioned something some time ago, but can anyone ever be prepared… May she find peace and eternal joy and may you and all who knew and loved her hold a special place in your hearts, always. There she will always be. Sending my thoughts and a big hug.

    1. Thank you, Marina!
      One can never be prepared. I take your hug in comfort, & will always remember your kindness.
      My job is nearing its end, & I will put all of the pieces of my life together again.
      It is really wonderful how much love I have in my life. In spite of this sadness, I know that I am blessed! xoxo

    1. My friend,
      You are so very kind and open minded.
      I know you are of the Muslim faith. I know women following this religion do not show their hair.
      My sister had the most glorious hair, and everyone who saw it was in awe.
      You wish her the best in her afterlife.
      I think you are very wonderful, and I thank you for you sweet condolences.
      … Now … How are your grades? Is your father happy?
      Are you happy?
      Take Care – Resa

      1. I only try to Follow my religion in best possible way , the way it was ment to be followed. Now here is this thing, Women in many religions are not allowed to show their hairs, Bible is very strick in that case,it said she shud get bald if she doesn’t cover her haris, all the nuns in the church cover their hair following the legacy of Mother Marry , We Love Mother Mary more and we also follow her legacy. Jews religion i read that their women are supposed to cover their hair after marriage and their husbhands can see her hairs . same story in every religion.
        now its ones conviction upon his her faith that how she/he follows it. but God is the ultimate Judge, im not. I cant Judge any one if a girl doesn’t cover her hair etc.
        and there is nothing wrong in writing that my sister hairs were beautiful, infact its a nice thing , it shows you miss your sis and Love her.
        i wish her the best hereafter because that is my Prophet Mohammad Pbuh did, Once he was sitting and a funeral of Jews people lead by, he stood up in respect and sadness, his companions said he was a jew ,why this respect? he Pbuh said , wasn’t he a brother in Humanity ?
        She was our Sister in humanity, plus she was your sister ,and we are good friends.
        Ohh tomorrow last final presentation of final year project, so much tensed for it. My Dad will get happy very soon like in 2-3 days, but 1st need to survive the presentation.
        Yes i am happy .
        May You too be Happy .
        hey i must share something religious with u

        1. You will survive the presentation! I see you are embracing your studies! For this, your father must be happy!

          Thank you for your kind words, and open mind.
          I believe all can respect each others religion, and live in peace. There should be more open minds like yours.

          I wish happiness to all!

          1. thanks and i finally survived today 🙂
            well its just the media and some extremists who showed up Islam like an intolerant religion but honesty is, in Quran surah baqarah 2 surah Allah says there is no compelsion in religion. and then in surah 5 maida , Allah says donot disrespect other Religions, if you abuse their God or Gods, in turn they will abuse your Gods etc. i just try to Follow the book i believe Quran 🙂

      2. Your sis passed away, i think she was your soul sister, well if you are a christian you still may hear “God Loves You” , and you will be like what ? he just took my sister. If you aren’t an atheist i will like to share few positive things with u. some examples that may be common in jews,christians and Muslim belief.
        . here is the rule of God to show his love , he will take something very beloved in your life or you will be asked to Sacrifice it. Why? like a mother seeing his kid not paying attention to his studies will snatch his play station, so he won’t start losing grades in school, same way Allah will do something that will look like trebile ,but in it is a mercy.
        2. What ever he takes or demands to be sacrifice is given back. like Mother of Moses was told to send Moses in River Nile, Jacob Lost his son joseph, Job lost his health, Ibrahim was told to sacriice a son. but all these examples they have good ending, when the things they loved were taken or sacrificed they were given it back or was replaced by something better.
        Moses Pbuh met his mother again in palace oF pahroh, Jacob got his son back after 80 years, Ibrahim Son was replaced by a lamb. so all these examples have the same story.
        So i pray may you both me united again in heaven .

        1. We will be united, again! Thank you for your words of wisdom, Nalaik! (Maybe you are not such a Nalaik Panda, anymore!) I believe you deserve a new name!

  3. My heart shares your grief and I wish I could say more to you dear sister. Resa, you are always important to me, so I will share with you a single poem which says it all when we lose one whom we love and remember them deeply in our hearts. It is called butterflies, accept my paltry offering. Know that the Lord has embraced her in his love. She is in the best of hands!


    Whenever I see the butterflies flying
    I am reminded of your smiling face,
    As I see them taking wing into the sky
    I feel emotions which are never displaced

    For in my heart also live the butterflies
    As they come to life within me each day
    While I count the different memories of you
    Which in my thoughts and dreams will stay

    The brightness of their many vibrant colors
    Produce a vivid rainbow deep within my mind
    Which fills my heart with such unwavering joy
    Allowing me to enjoy them for an endless time

    The butterflies will be my deepest treasure
    Leaving me never again feeling the same
    As the peace they bring to me cannot be measured
    For on their wings are imprinted your name

    Wendell A. Brown,
    Resa, my sister I hope this will bless you in an amazing way! God bless!!

    1. Dear Wendell,
      Thank you for this amazing offering. It is a not paltry offering. It is a divine offering.
      I see you are the author, and so the poem is all the more sweet.
      It is difficult to find words…. all I can say is Thank you x a million!
      _Resa xo

    1. Sisters do have a special bond!I do miss her.
      Jacquie passed part of that special onto her daughter, Sherrie, who is a major joy of my life.
      Thank you, Karen!

  4. Resa – I’m so sorry to hear about your sister. The pain and the void this leaves must be extremely difficult to bear.

    I’m sure Jacquie would have appreciated your tribute to her in this post. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Sherrie.

    1. Dear Dave,
      Thank you for your thoughts & prayers!
      All realities that here are difficult are made easier to bear with the kindness & support you extend to myself & Sherrie today!
      Thank you!

  5. I deeply regret this sad news, I know that nothing I can say will ease your pain, it is difficult to find solace in moments like this.
    I feel bad for these days bother you with my stupid problems and thoughts … did not know the terrible situation that you were living …
    Although not serve as any consolation, I’ve always thought that people do not completely die, while we preserve his memory, and let us turn to the others …
    I offer you a big hug my dear friend, I can offer little more … I’m sorry Resa.

    1. Oh Belén , nothing is ever a bother to me when it comes from you. Your thoughts are important, and none are stupid.
      Thank you for your condolences, and I look forward to your next wonderful creation!

    1. She was young. She died to, soon!
      Thank you for your thoughts, Lori, Especially the one where she is a star. I think that is a perfect way to remember her! ❤

  6. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Siblings hold such a special place in our hearts, and I can’t imagine your pain right now. I wish you comfort and space to heal. My best wishes, Su.

    1. Aww Sue, that is so lovely of you to say!
      Sigh! I thought I could side line the pain by burying myself in work. That does not work, it only postpones.
      Life is an interesting reality!

  7. How very sad.
    May your sister rest in peace.
    I lost a brother almost almost 13 years ago. And – not a day goes by that I don’t think of him.
    One day at a time. And – remember – she may not be here physically – but – you will always carry her in your heart.

  8. Oh Resa, I’m so deeply sorry for your loss. I picture your sister as forever alive and present and beautiful! I’m so glad that you and Sherrie have each other – may you both (and all) be comforted by her memory and the perfect gift of her having lived and loved you both so much! Huge (((hugs))) there’s nothing more I can say. Aloha, Ka

    1. {{{Hugs}}} Life is so crazy!
      Thank you so much or your caring comment, and yes, I am immeasurably fortunate to have Sherrie!
      Sigh! It’s time to go on, I know. _Resa xoxo

  9. I missed this post, Resa, I didn’t follow your blog at that time. So sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to you, dear friend. One day you will meet with your sister in eternal Glory – what a joyous reunion it will be. There is a place for all in the Universe, and Plan of Happiness is real. Our religions are imperfect, it is why God asks us to do our best, and talk to Him in our prayers – he listens. Nothing brings comfort like talking to God. Have a safe, healthy and creative New Year!

    1. Thank you so much dear, Inese! We are very close in months, Jacquie & I. When we were young, everyone thought we were twins. Something is gone. I feel it, tremendously. She was taken at a young (ish) age.
      I thank you for your kind & reassuring words.
      The New Year is going to be a fresh start…I feel it coming. I have been lingering… on .. in the old.

      1. There is always hope, isn’t it. I have never had a sister, I am afraid I won’t be able relate to how you are grieving. My heart just aches for you. Hope for a fresh start, and a better year.

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