It’s strange and so very sad….that people exit this world without hardly making a ripple.

Husbands and wives, and moms and dads, and teenagers and infants are all laid to rest…leaving those who love them with the overwhelming idea of existing without them. Meanwhile, the rest of us are laughing, or fighting, or frantically finishing a project at work – our life, happening, while someone else’s has simultaneously ended.

The world has lost one of it’s best, my world has lost one of it’s best. And it deserves a ripple.

Val Mitchell was all sorts of beautiful. Enormous amounts of funny, charming, wise, compassionate, forgiving, patient and warm. So warm.

She is one of the very few people I encountered on this planet who could make me feel calm, sitting next to her was certainty that, at least while you were with her, life would be good and it would be full.

I loved her from the very moment I met her.

So, tonight, I will cry myself to sleep (though I know she will hate that) and tomorrow I’ll begin the journey of existing in a world she no longer physically walks. And I hope any of you, stranger or friend, who come across this, will pause for a moment to recognize the loss and that pain that accompanies it.



  • James Fowler

    Thank you for expressing those beautiful words about my mum, she was the best. She made me feel so loved and special and it’s nice to hear that she touched so many people.
    Thank you

    • Hayley Grade

      It’s been an incredible blessing to know her and to love her, I’m so very sorry for your loss. All my thoughts and all my love are with you and Tony (another one of the very best people I know) and the rest of your family and friends.

  • Dee Jay

    Consider me paused, and thank you for taking the time to start the ripple.

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