It is with great sadness that I need to tell you all that a member of our family passed away this morning at 10am.
She was a lovely lady named Aleksandra - my husband's cousin's mother.
Distant relative, yet very, very close and the family is in mourning.
She was integral in sponsoring my husband's family when they fled Poland over 20 years ago and came to Australia as refugees with only the clothes on their backs, needing a place to stay and a guarantee that they would be looked after.
Aleksandra and her daughter, Kazia, guided them through their first months and weeks in a totally new and strange country and the family has been very close ever since.
Not a family event has not passed without the presence of Aleksandra and her devoted daughters.
This lovely lady was over 80, a ripe old age and her health failed badly at the end.
She had diabetes for over 15 years and her skin had become paper thin. A fall some months back forced her to leave her family home and seek care in an aged facility. Dementia set in at an incredible pace and her last days were spent in great pain with many infections that just could not be halted.
And so she left this world....for the next.
But it leaves her family in great sadness, that just before Christmas we must now endure her loss.
The funeral will probably be on Wednesday.
In her loving memory, please kiss and hug your loved ones and tell them that they light up your day.
I send my hugs and kisses to you all.