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    My Cousin Kenny was six months younger than me; we were the two youngest in a group of 14 cousins, with the next youngest being four years older. He hated that I was "older" than he was; and up until the age of 11 or so, he would always check, every time he saw me, as if he thought eventually maybe he would get to be the "older" cousin.

    My Cousin Kenny used to play with me and scare me out of my wits in my grandparents' enormous, gloomy attic. He taught me to dring whiskey sours when we were way too young! He always had a one-liner ready; he kept us all laughing. He begged me to please do less well in school, because his mother was always after him, "Why can't you be like Carrie and get straight A's? You'll be the death of me, Kennny!"

    My Cousin Kenny had a wild adolescence, got over it, and settled down with the most boring, staid woman we had ever met. They produced three children very quickly; the youngest is 1 year old. My Cousin Kenny turned out to be a wonderful father, a deeply committed family man. My Cousin Kenny was full of surprises.

    My Cousin Kenny died today from a heart attack at the age of 40.

    I loved my Cousin Kenny and I don't think I ever told him so.

    Goodbye, Kenny.
    Je vous souhaite de la joie, de la bonne santée, et tout ce qu'il y a de bon dans la vie.
    Wishing you happiness and good health, and all the best out of life.

    Peace, Carolyn
    ___________________________________________________

    Laura (11), Susannah (12 1/2) and Maman (that's me!), North Wildwood NJ, September 2007


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  • #2
    Sorry to hear of your loss.

    May you find peace from those around you.
    Diana
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    • #3
      Oh, Carrie, I am so very sorry for your loss! Prayers being said for you and all of the family.
      Annie

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      • #4
        When we are accepted by others, I think we intuitively know that we have been loved. I'm sure he knew it.

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        • #5
          I'm so sorry. I think he must have known you loved him.

          Sending gentle hugs,
          Donna
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          • #6
            I am so sorry too. I agree that he knew that you loved him.

            Sending plenty of hugs, Trishann

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            • #7
              I am sorry about the loss of your cousin. I will keep you and your family in my prayers
              Miss Bessie

              Galatians 6:2 - Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

              Hebrews 13:2 - Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

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              • #8
                I am so sorry about the loss of your cousin. I have several cousins that I am very close to also. I am closer to a few than I am my siblings. I cant imagine losing them. I will definately keep you and your family in my prayers. Hugs, Amy

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                • #9
                  I am so sorry for the loss of your cousin. It sounds like you had a wonderful relationship, and that he will live on in the memories you have of him in your heart. I am certain he knew how you loved him....
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                  Jen

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                  **I am not a medical authority nor do I offer definitive medical advice. I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

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                  • #10
                    I'm so sorry to hear about your cousin. I agree with the others: I'm sure he knew how you felt about him. I hope you'll be able to teach his children how special their father was.

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                    • #11
                      I'm really sorry I didn't see this til just now. I'm so sorry for your loss!
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                      • #12
                        That was very sweet what you wrote about your cousin. So sorry to hear. Take care.

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                        • #13
                          Thank you all for your kind thoughts. The funeral is tomorrow -- Wednesday. I am still having trouble believing that he's gone.

                          My husband is away on a business trip, so my sister offered to come and pick me up -- way out of her way -- and drive me there and back, so I would be able to take whatever meds I need to get me through the day without worrying. Isn't that sweet?

                          I appreciate all your condolences, support, and offers of prayers. In the Jewish tradition, Kenny's father and brothers will say special prayers for him in the synagogue, every morning for a year and a day. But my feeling is, 'extra' prayers can never be wasted. So thank you all.
                          Je vous souhaite de la joie, de la bonne santée, et tout ce qu'il y a de bon dans la vie.
                          Wishing you happiness and good health, and all the best out of life.

                          Peace, Carolyn
                          ___________________________________________________

                          Laura (11), Susannah (12 1/2) and Maman (that's me!), North Wildwood NJ, September 2007


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                          • #14
                            That is such a beautiful tradition
                            Miss Bessie

                            Galatians 6:2 - Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

                            Hebrews 13:2 - Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

                            Proverbs 4:23 - Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life

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                            • #15
                              (((((hugs)))))))) so sorry to hear of your loss. sending hugs to you and your family.
                              'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

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