Caroline McDonald was an incredible mother, loving wife, devoted daughter, and loyal friend. She left us on October 16, 2016 at age 49 from colorectal cancer after being diagnosed just 18 months prior. Caroline had an incredible attention to detail and always went the extra step. She had a beautiful smile and made people feel welcomed and special. Caroline was thoughtful and empathetic towards others. People truly loved her and sought her out as a friend. Her bright light will be dearly missed.
Caroline chose this poem to be read at her father’s funeral, and also her own:
An Irish Funeral Prayer
Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Everything remains as it was.
The old life that we lived so fondly together
is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no sorrow in your tone.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that
we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effort
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because
I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
somewhere very near, just around the corner.
All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting,
when we meet again.
Caroline participated in Colorectal Cancer Alliance (CCA) events and truly believed in their mission. She and her family and friends greatly appreciate your donations and support to CCA. Thank you for visiting. This cause is very dear to me, and I'll appreciate all the support I can get! Together we can make a difference!