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December 24, 2012


Taryn Hayes

Oh, Carolyn, I can't begin to imagine the hurting you're experiencing and have since this tragic passing. Death is so unnatural. Yet The Lord is soo good always, even in the midst of death. Thank you for your witness in this time. I pray He will carry you and hold you through this most painful of life's experiences.

Tara Barthel

So very sorry for your great loss, Carolyn.

Sending our love,
Fred, Tara, Sophia & Ella Barthel

Michelle Crouch

Hi Carolyn, My heartfelt condolences to you on the loss of your mother. I lost my father during the Christmas season 20 years ago this year, an event that among other things taught me about loss amid an otherwise most joyous season. May God's amazing grace pour into the gaping hole your mother leaves, one that will continue to ache for many years, and fill you with gratitude for the mother she was and for the hope you share. God bless you and your family as you gather and celebrate, even though it be with tears. Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing: it's the most amazing miracle.


Thank you so much for this--I (we) lost my Mother in late October. I had similar thoughts as you shared because of Christ's redeeming love to my Mother!


May you feel the embrace of the God of all comfort and His abundant grace in a special way during this time. I read your book "Did I kiss marriage goodbye?" exactly around this time last year and it TRULY changed the way I view my femininity and singleness, God bless you! "Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant." (Psalms 119:76)

Lora Silsbee

I too am sending my love and deepest sympathies to you right now, Carolyn. Praying for our Lord to continue to comfort and strengthen you as you grieve.
Your friend, Lora Silsbee


I offer my condolences and am praying for you and your family. Thank you for posting such encouraging words in your time of loss.

Connie Omari

May God be with you during this difficult time. She's beautiful... May her soul rest in perfect peace

Rachel McC

somehow I missed this post. I am so so sorry for your loss. I know it's been a (only) a month now, I will be praying for extra grace


Sending out hugs to you Carolyn. I pray for the peace of God to overwhelm you. Though we often can't make sense of God's dealings, please remember to rest in the comfort of knowing that our God is wise and good. He loves you. Our times are in His hands and our good and His glory are at the forefront. Live in the hope of Christ. Your separation from your mother is only temporary, God has promised.


Dear Carolyn,

I am so deeply sorry to hear about your mother’s death. What a lovely photo of her – she looks like such a beautiful lady, inside and out!

Last year, I lost my housemate of 22 years, and a very close friend, to cancer – a very traumatic and untimely death. Her serenity and faith during her weeks in hospital were phenomenal.

One of the verses that helped me stay strong was Isaiah 26:3: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

Whilst going through a bereavement, I don’t feel like reading too many books on loss and grief, but there are three books which I found very helpful: Jerry Sittser’s ‘A Grace Disguised’, Nancy Guthrie’s ‘Holding onto Hope’ and Steve Griffith’s ‘God of the Valley’.

Much grace, love and peace to you and your family, and many prayers.


Carolyn McCulley

Thank you all for your kind encouragement to me. I really appreciate your notes of sympathy!

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