Friday, 11 December 2009

Jen's Funeral

Hi All,

This one WILL be brief. Thank you all for you loving comments, prayers and support for Jenni, Jack, Jamie, Jen's family, friends and myself. Everythings a little bit of a blur at the moment. Jack has a heavy head cold which is not great for the little man. He asked me tonight as I was cuddling him in bed and chatting with him to settle him, "does sadness cause colds, Dad?" So we had a discussion on the cold virus, followed by one on sadness and how it's ok to be sad. Then we snuggled in and Jack was asleep in about two minutes. (Think I may have dozed a little too!)

Jen's funeral is on Monday, 14th of December at 10 am at the Tobin Brothers' Chapel, the Esplanade, Mt Martha, followed by her burial at the cemetery in Cragie Road. She told her family she wanted both these places, I believe because that's what her Dad had.

Take care everyone. Will post some pictures of Jen, the boys and some other memories in the next few days.


David. X


  1. Thank you, David. You all remain in my prayers.

    I hope your little Jack feels better soon.

  2. God Bless you all - in my thoughts and prayers. Hope Jack is better soon. And thankyou for thinking of all of us during this difficult time, we all thought so much of Jen.
    Love & prayers
    Nicky from Canada

  3. Love and care from debra in NE OH. I will be there in spirit.

  4. Oh bless our little Jack-boy...and you our dearest David...I feel as though we have all taken you in as our own. And you have done us and Jenn proud~! I will be praying and tucking you all into my heart xoxoox

    Sue in Spokane

  5. David-

    I can't thank you enough for adopting this community that Jen built, for taking time to keep us updated, for sharing the sweet moments with us like Jack praying by his mother's bed. That story touched me so deeply. Thank you.

    I remember when Jeni posted last year that she thought it would be her last Christmas and I just couldn't imagine that. I couldn't fathom how she could face that reality as a mother. And yet she did. She faced this cancer, this struggle, this fight, this final year with such beauty and grace and dignity. She has given me a new brand of hope. I feel like there is a renewal of faith and strength in the reaches of my heart that I didn't know had darkened.

    Thank you David for continuing her story, for sharing her with us, for sharing your story and Jack's.

    We are better for it.
    Peace and Blessings,
    Emily from Colorado.

  6. Much love from Michigan! I will continue to pray for you and Jack and Jamie and Jen's family.

  7. Thank you for leting us know David. I am sending love and prayers to you, Jamie and Jack. Much love, Suzanne.XO

  8. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and I hope Jack feels better soon.Jack and Jen were so close and for him to lose his Mum at such an early age is so hard.Hugs and Love,Anita

  9. Thank you for thinking of us at this difficult time. I hope I can be there on Monday.
    Much love to you and the boys

  10. Hi David, Jack and Jamie,

    I am a new comer to Jen's blog but have known her for the last 14months as I am a therapist at the palliative care unit. I wanted to express my sympathy to you all and Jen's family as she touched my heart through her dignity, humour and strength through what has been a difficult journey. Jen was a beautiful person and we shared many stories about motherhood, scrap booking and some of the practical day to day struggles she faced. I am so glad she was able to use the computer in the last few months, I wish I had thought of it and organised it sooner.

    Take care of yourself and Jack. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

    Love Angela

  11. Will be thinking of you all on Monday. Take care. Prayers and love from NZ.

    Kia Kaha,

  12. Keeping you, Jack, Jamie and Jen's family in my prayers. I can't even imagine the pain you all must be feeling. David, you are a wonderful father!! Of course, Jen knew this, but she was so worried how Jack would fair should she pass. You are making her so very proud!! Your last post brought tears to my eyes...Jack praying by his mother's bedside..words can't even describe the depth of his actions. Wow!! We can all learn from that beautiful little boy. Thank you for keeping this blog updated...thank you for taking such great care of the boys.

    Jen was so very special....
    God's peace to you and your family,

  13. Thanks so much, David. You are so very kind and we do appreciate you letting us know. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all on Monday as we remember dear Jenni, each in our own way. I hope little Jack feels better soon. Cold sometimes just give us a chance to rest and not think too much—a good thing. And thanks, Angela, for writing too. So nice to hear that you were with Jenni in her last months and how she touched your heart. That was Jenni.
    Love—Cat in Boston

  14. I only knew Jennie from the UOAA board but her courage and strength were an inspiration to us all. I know now that she is a beautiful angel up n heaven watching over us all.


  15. Thank you for keeping us in the loop David. You and the boys and the all the rest of Jen's family and friends have been in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry to hear Jack has a bad head cold, I hope it's a short lived one. {{{hugs to you all }}}

    Lisa in south Florida

  16. Dear David, Jaime, and Jack,

    I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of dear Jenni. What a courageous and amazing woman she was. I know she will live on the hearts of all who knew her....
    Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I am thinking of you during this difficult time.
    Hope Jack feels better soon.


  17. At 10 am, 14th December in Victoria is 9 pm here in Portugal and still day 13th. I will be thinking of you in the evening and join in a prayer. Love to you all darlings.

  18. Jack's words are so precious and full of insight...

    hugs to you both.....

  19. I'll be there with you all, if only in my heart xxoo

  20. Dear David, Jack and Jamie,

    I followed Jen's blog for a couple years. Strange to grow to love a family you've never met! I too have lost family members to cancer and I've held you all in my heart and prayers. David thank you for sharing the recent days with us...especially the sweet sweet moment of Jack in prayer by her bed. She would be so proud. Lots of love to all of you and courage for the days ahead,

    Amber in Colorado

  21. David, Jamie and Jack... and all who knew and loved Jenni in life, I want to offer my deepest sympathy, and appreciation for how you have shared this time with us who have come to know and love Jenni out here in cyberspace. She was an amazing person, and is a wonderful soul. My prayers will be with all of you on Monday, and are for peace in all your hearts. Bless you. Imelda in Ireland

  22. Dear David, Jamie and Jack,

    I will join you through my prayers on Monday and all my thoughts will go to you and Jen. She has left so much to eac one of us ! Dom from France

  23. I will be thinking of you all tomorrow and will be praying that you find comfort in knowing Jen is at peace.