In Memoriam

Dear readers…the unimaginable has happened.  In the middle of my family’s excitement and anticipation as we planned my parents’ move from Toronto to Vancouver, we have suffered an indescribable loss.  Five days ago, on September 29th, my beloved sister was fatally injured in a motor vehicle accident.

My Mom and Dad have lost a daughter, my brother-in-law has lost his wife, and I have lost my only sibling.  I know – I hope – that with time our grief will grow less painful and our memories will make life joyful again…but for now, we can do nothing more than somehow find our way from one day to the next.

My blog is on hiatus while we struggle through this horrific new reality; I do not know when I will feel ready to return.

Marina Ann Latulippe

1966 – 2018



  1. October 3, 2018 / 5:05 am

    Monica, I cannot even begin to feel how you must feel right now. I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and love are with you and your family at this terrible time.
    Hugs hugs, my friend <3 <3 <3
    Suzy xxx

  2. Michelle
    October 3, 2018 / 5:15 am

    Oh, Monika, I am so very, very sorry for the loss of your dear sister. My prayers and condolences to you and your family. Sending you much love.

  3. J
    October 3, 2018 / 5:16 am

    So sorry for your loss. Do everything you need to grieve and recover. Your readers will be here when and if you return.

  4. Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb
    October 3, 2018 / 5:29 am

    Oh my goodness Monika… I am SO incredibly sorry for your loss, I cannot imagine what you’re going through right now. My heart absolutely goes out to you and all your family and your sister’s husband – if there’s ANYTHING I can do please don’t hesitate to get in touch. And of course only return to the blog if and when you’re ready.

    Sending you strength and love across the pond, all my love

    Catherine xxxxxxxx

  5. Karen Bowers
    October 3, 2018 / 6:03 am

    Oh, Monika. How horrific. I am very sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine the void.

  6. Jeanette
    October 3, 2018 / 6:03 am

    Dear monika
    I am so sorry for your loss

  7. Linda B
    October 3, 2018 / 6:33 am

    Sweet, dearest Monika,
    I can only try to imagine the immense pain and sorrow that engulf you and your family at this time. Please know that my heart will be with you. . .The wholeness of your life is shattered with this tragic loss of Marina, your only sister, and you will in time develop a new sense of wholeness but quite a journey is ahead of you. Be gentle with yourself in all ways. Only come back to this blog and other parts of your normal life when you are ready.
    Sending a huge hug wending its way through the space between us. . .

  8. Lise
    October 3, 2018 / 8:01 am

    My sincere condolences Monika. I lost a brother unexpectedly in the same tragic way many years ago. Wishing you peace and strength. Lise on the Black Sea. oxo

  9. Melody Campbell
    October 3, 2018 / 12:11 pm

    Dear Monika, so sorry for your loss. Words can’t express how sorry I feel for your family. Take all the time you need. Melody Campbell x

  10. Julianne
    October 3, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful sister.

  11. Mary Smith
    October 3, 2018 / 3:15 pm

    Please take all the time you need. Your blog is one of my favorites!! I love your outlook on life and your special style😌 I am 66 years “young”, and you inspire me. Sorry for your loss😢

  12. kat
    October 3, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    Oh no, so sorry for your loss. Best wishes in this difficult time.

  13. Robin James Faulkner
    October 3, 2018 / 8:17 pm

    My dearest Wife;

    I love you with all my heart and soul. And I know things are incredibly tough right now with the loss of your only (sibling) sister Marina. And though I cant console you, or hold you, and tell you everything will be ok while you are 1000’s of miles away from me….. I want you to know you mean “everything” to me and always will.

    I know I don’t need to tell you… but you need to be strong right now for your parents and although you don’t have time to really grieve for Marina I will grieve for you until you can find the time. That’s what lovers do.

    Much too often we all rush through life not taking enough time to really appreciate the one that we love, that we have, that we hold so dearest to our hearts and in a mere wisp it can all be taken greedily away from us. Please folks if you are reading this take the time to let your loved know that “you love them.”

    Monika, I just know deep within my heart that when your parents arrive Vancouver we will truly re-unite our family and Marina will be so so proud that we accomplished the impossible.

    I love you Honey and miss you dearly.


  14. October 4, 2018 / 3:25 am

    Oh my goodness Monika. How I feel for you and your family. I hope you get lot of strength from somewhere. So very sorry.

  15. Rozanne
    October 4, 2018 / 4:16 am

    I am so very sorry for your tragic loss and wish you and your family all the strength you need to get through this incredibly painful time. Your readers will all still be here when you are ready to return x

  16. October 4, 2018 / 4:52 am

    Dearest Monika, I am so sorry for your loss. What a horrible shock! Many condolences to you and your family. *hugs* Don’t you worry about this blog. We will all be here when you come back.

  17. jodie filogomo
    October 4, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    Monika…this is the saddest thing ever. I know nothing will help you right now, but please accept my sympathies and hugs.

  18. Richele
    February 3, 2019 / 1:23 pm

    I just cannot even imagine your grief. My prayers are with you Sweet Monika. I have been side-tracked by life, just now checking your blog (which I have enjoyed for years!) to see what you are up to for the new year. Sending you healing light.

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