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REMEMBERING KAREN KEPPLER
In the very early hours of October 12, 2020, Karen Anita Keppler went to where ever it is that is next for her. I know she really wanted there to be an "after" but I also inwardly knew she believed that it is likely "dust to dust" for us all. But even though I know this of her, I often whisper "I miss you" like I truly believe some how she can still hear me now, one year later.
It has been said many times that death is the hard part but I know the letting go and the realization I will never see, feel or hear Karen again is harder, much harder. And with every passing day I realize the memories are not fading and I still miss her just like our last moments together have just occurred. I am so glad I was with Karen when she closed her eyes and that I heard her last sigh. And at that moment you left, my heart felt like it was split into two, one part stayed and other went with you. My last words to you were, "why do I have to lose you". I can only pray you heard them.
In keeping with Karen's wishes and with the still very unfortunate social distancing decrees there has been no formal services since her passing. I am still planning a future tribute for Karen, a short memorial and interment service in an effort to say good-bye to a my very dear friend.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 12, 2021
Condolences & Memories (1 entries)
Alvin, your tribute to Karen was more than words can normally define. What a wonderful homage to an amazing, unique and extraordinary woman, whose life touched and profoundly impacted many. If one was fortunate enough to have known her, they too are feeling her absence, and remembering her now with you. Their hearts too are broken. Endings are not easy, and loosing someone we love, is for many, an ache that never leaves us. Your pain is palpable. Perhaps it is the heart aching, missing that extraordinary someone who was once a part of us, and now has simply left a hollow space. If there is an “after” Karen is looking down with huge pride. If there were words that help ease your pain, we would share them now. There are none. - Posted by: Dianne & Al Brockmeyer (Friend) on: Oct 12, 2021
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