I don't know how appropriate this content is for everyone's wedding planning, but it is for mine. I frequent theknot.com and specifically the Destination Weddings board. I am not big for online forums because I prefer IRL (in real life) relationships but have bonded with a number of people on that forum. It was via an extension of that board that I opened up a devastating e-mail this morning.
One of the brides lost her significant other on Friday. He died during surgery to remove a large tumor on his back. He had spent a lot of the previous year in another country than their home getting treatment for his first round of cancer. They knew the risks and she accompanied him to the country he was getting treatment in when his cancer returned. They spent a fair amount of time with each other for a couple of months before he passed.
I am sad for her. I am angry that this could happen to such a lovely, good couple. I feel guilty that I am lucky enough to have my fiance because not everyone has that luxury. I am a mess and have shed a good number of tears in the past few hours. And what I feel is a mere tiny fraction of the loss that she must be going through. I have not been able to bring myself to write a condolence note yet. That is my next order of business.
I made the announcement to the wedding planning boards she has had a tremendous impact on. Cedrick's passing has sent a shockwave through our online community. We are now collecting a fund for her in an attempt to help offset funeral and travel costs. We all wish we could be there to give her a hug and a tissue if it would help. We all got to know her because she wanted to practice her English while planning a wedding but her friendship has meant so much more to us than that.
I was reading some of the responses "knotties" had left following the announcement and finally saw the "rest in peace" message. Wow. He is really is no longer with us. I hope he does rest in peace. My prayers are with her and those who were also a part of his life. Rest in peace Cedrick, and Fanny please know that you are well loved by all of us.
I am posting their picture because I saw she removed her knot bio. I am going to remove my link to her bio out of respect but don't want to lose them.