Loving One Another


My heart is heavy.
God answered my fervent prayer.
So why am I sad?

My cousin, Cliff, died.
I received the news today:
God answered my prayer.

I prayed for freedom –
Freedom from this earthy pain.
Our God is faithful.

His family gathered;
All his loved ones surrounded,
And God took him home.

God of Great Mercy,
Thank you for answering prayer.
Now, heal my heart’s hole!

Cliff & Janine
with their two daughters
and sons-in-law,
two sons,
daughter-in-law,
and three grandsons

Cliff and Janine are two of my favorite people in the world!
And now Cliff has left this world…
but he lives on in the hearts of all of us who will always love him.


Janine’s mom is my second cousin, Betty.
Her mom was my mom’s oldest sister’s oldest daughter.

That sounds rather confusing and maybe like a “distant relative”… but there is nothing distant about my relationship with Janine. I was twelve when my family drove from California to Washington to visit mom’s family near Seattle in Issaquah…
and to meet Aunt Evelyn’s first grandchild.

Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Hans were my first connection to the land of Switzerland which claimed our daughter DeAna about two dozen years later! Uncle Hans immigrated from the German part of Switzerland to the state of Washington. Their daughter, my cousin, Betty, with her husband, Nick, lived right across the alleyway from her parents. Knowing we were there, she came over with her new baby, Janine. You know my name in JAN – and so I immediately claimed JANine as my own!!

I was there for Cliff and Janine’s wedding. I claim Cliff as my cousin, too!

Cliff was “Opa” to his three grandsons.
A more doting and loving grandfather never graced this earth!
I am so sad that those three boys will not have
the presence of the Opa as they grow into adulthood.
And the youngest one is too little
to have lasting memories of him.
It makes me cry!

Cliff was a robust man
– a former University of Washington champion rower –
weighing over 200 pounds most of his adult life.
Cancer and the chemo treatments
wasted away his body and took away his strength
– and eventually his life.
But his spirit lives on.

He’ll remain strong and robust forever
in all of us who knew and loved him.

We are a vast array of Cliff-Dwellers!

Love and condolences to
Hans, Stefan, Janine, Heidi, and Erika

God bless you, my Word Press family.
Thank you for praying for my cousin, JANine, and her family.
See ya tomorrow.
JanBeek

Comments on: "This Cliff-Dweller is Heavy-Hearted" (42)

  1. Sunny De said:

    Ohhhhhhh πŸ˜£πŸ˜–πŸ˜«πŸ˜©πŸ₯ΊπŸ˜’😭 I’m oh so sorry to read this. Poor family! It must be horribly difficult to lose him. I’m glad they were able to say goodbye. I really feel for them all. I pour my heart love out to them across the distances. I love you, Hurn family!

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  2. My condolences to you, and your family, Jan. 🌷

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  3. Bless you all. πŸ’™

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  4. Much love and condolences.
    Go rest high Cliff. When we get to heaven Jan, you will have to introduce me. God be with his family as you all grieve.

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  5. Elaina Colby said:

    I’m very sorry for your loss and I send my love and prayers to the family. What a lovely tribute you gave him here and a very interesting family history to read as well. Hugs!

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  6. Dearest Jan, I have tears reading your post…great big hugs and lots of love to you during this difficult. You are certainly a lady that loves much and is much loved. May God heal the hole in your heart. Amen

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  7. Fran McNeill said:

    Oh Jan, I got home from Bozeman, unloaded groceries, and finally looked at email. My heart aches for you and all Cliff’s family. I know the prayer for release well. I prayed it for Alex and asked my faith filled friends to do the same. Alex wanted to go, and prayers were answered. He suffered so, and even though you prayed for the mercy of his release, the hole in your heart still hurts! Know that you are held close to my heart and always in prayer. πŸ™

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    • Thank you, Fran. The more we love, the bigger the space that love takes in our heart and the bigger the hole when our loved one is gone.Only God can eventually fill the hole and heal our aching hearts. God bless you. I know you can relate … and you understand only too well. ❀

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  8. Deepest Condolences.
    JAN, May you and your family feel God’s comforting presence during this time of sorrow.

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  9. svphillips10gmailcom said:

    What a beautiful family Jan. So sorry for your loss. At least Cliff is in a better place than we are. Prayers for you and your family.πŸ™πŸ»

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  10. Ann Beekman said:

    So sorry to hear of your cousins passing. May your wonderful memories of the times you spent with him fill that hole you feel in your heart.πŸ’

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    • Thank you so much, Ann. I appreciate your visit to JanBeek and taking the time to comment. Your condolences are a loving salve πŸ˜˜πŸ‘ŒπŸ½

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  11. Jan, thank you for sharing you love and loss with β€œus” your online family and cousins in the family of God. My thoughts and prayers are with you. πŸ’›πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»

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  12. My commiserations to you all

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  13. Sending heart-felt condolences and love to you and all the family Jan πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž

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  14. God bless you and your family, Jan, as you grieve for Cliff xx

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  15. Dear Jan, I pray the comforter rests upon you all. Cliff and family seem wonderful, and I am thankful that you have such loving memories. Blessings of His love and peace. β™₯

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  16. So very sorry for your loss.
    Heartfelt condolences.
    x

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  17. My condolences to you and your family! God bless you all 🧿

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