Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Losing A Good Friend

by Maggie Sefton





Last Thursday I had a shock. A jolt I wasn't expecting. A mystery novelist friend called me from Southern California and told me my dear friend and colleague, Diana James, had died suddenly. I was so shocked I had trouble finding words. "What happened? Was it a car accident?" were my first thoughts. No, it was not. It was a pulmonary embolism. It happened so suddenly that Diana's husband, mystery author Darrell James, had no warning. Ambulances came at the first call, but Diana passed quickly after arriving at the hospital.

It was a tragic, out-of-nowhere, no warning occurrence that snuffed out a smart, vivacious, bright, hard-working, sweet, kind, and lovely woman. . .and a dear, dear friend. I still can't believe her light is gone from our world. Diana and I were planning to chat via phone that Thursday afternoon. How I wish we had been able to talk before.



Diana and Darrell had been busy promoting Darrell's first mystery, NAZARETH CHILD, which came out just this last September. www.darrelljames.com


Those of us who were fortunate enough to know Diana will miss her and the light she brought with her. We miss you already, Diana.



Attention: Call or email your friends today. Don't wait. There are no guarantees they will be around tomorrow. Take care, everyone.

11 comments:

Heather said...

(((Hugs Maggie)))

I've known the pain and shock of losing a close friend (twice), and how difficult it can be. May your memories comfort you in the days ahead.

Deb said...

What an awful shock for you. I received one of those phone calls last month and still can't believe it happened, that's she is really gone. May your memories sustain you, Maggie.

Rita B said...

My heart goes out ot you for your loss. I prey that her husband can hang in there and find peace with this loss. Hug sent your way.

Kristin A. said...

Maggie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May the Lord comfort and strengthen you and all who knew and loved Diana. May His peace surround you in the coming days and weeks.

QuilterBear said...

I'm so sorry... I recently learned of a friend online in LiveJournal who died. It still shocks me and throws me.

((((hugs))))

Annette said...

Maggie, Sorry for your loss.

Brenda Hyde said...

I'm so sorry Maggie. {{{HUGS}}} Embolisms are so scary. I can't imagine how her family must feel:(

Maggie Sefton said...

Heather & Deb...Thank you for your wonderful support, dear, dear friends.

Maggie Sefton said...

Rita B, Kristin A, QuilterBear, Annette, & Brenda....Thank you so much for all your kind words. For those of you who knew Diana, you know what a special person she was. And thos of you who have lost others who were close to you, you know how this feels. And, yes....pulmonary embolisms, cancers, all those life-robbing threats are scary....seriously scary.

Nancy said...

I'm so sorry. (((hugs)))

Aurian said...

My condolences for your loss Maggie.