March 20, 2020

Dear Barb and families…

Please accept our heartfelt sympathy in the untimely loss of your beloved sole-mate, husband, father, father in-law and grandfather.

May you continue to find comfort and hope from our thoughts and reassurances that so many others care and remember you in your loss and grief.

Although words from friends can’t take away the sadness you have in your heart or ease the loneliness that comes when loved ones have parted. Our trust is that you will find that inner strength to carry on as a tribute, to “Howard’s” great memories with each of you and with us.

Og Mandino, the famous author wrote, “So each of us in our own way, endures our loss, but cherishes the memories. Just as it should be.”

However, when one’s heart is frozen in shock from the loss of a loved one; its family and friends who share their expressions of compassion and friendship which help to sustain us and softens the painful grieving process.

We deeply regret seeing you lose such a precious loved one. We mourn the loss for you and continue to celebrate life in Howard’s memory… Cay and I are happy and blessed to be home following a memorable cruise and an unexpected 24-day hospital stay that we will not soon forget! Cay is recovering slowly, and we are learning to live with a colostomy and all the associated issues.

Nonetheless, our thoughts and our prayers are with you. We hope our message will continue to bring you some measure of comfort. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal”. May peace replace your heartache and bountiful warm memories remain.

In closing, “The nicest place to be is in someone’s thoughts. The safest place to be is in someone’s prayers. And the best place to be is in God’s hands.”

With kindest regards…God Bless…

Cay and Norm Long

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