My name is Kirrily Burton. I am Catherine Crout-Habel’s daughter. I am sure that most of you are aware, but perhaps some of you are not, that my much loved Mum, Catherine Crout-Habel passed away on Sunday the 6th of July at Royal Adelaide Hospital.
She posted about her health after her stroke in Feb and has made reference to her ongoing health struggles in comments on her blogs and on Facebook.
In the end it was really very quick, although she had really been quite ill since February. We were given the diagnosis of metastatic non small cell carcinoma (lung cancer) which had metastasized to her lymph nodes in various parts of her body and her stomach on Thursday the 3rd of July and she passed away three days later. A quick, relatively painless end is what she wanted most, and that’s exactly how it played out. She was a winner in death as she was in life and she played by her own rules.
This is the end of my third week of bereavement leave and only now have I had the strength to spend the day looking at her blog. It was obvious to me that I needed to post a status update, as she would not want to just disappear and leave her loyal followers wondering.
I have read so many caring compassionate comments from you all which has lifted my heart, as I know now that Mum really did have an idea about how much she was cared for by her blogging friends. I have had contact with some and even quoted some at her funeral, and all the while I thought that she didn’t know how much you all cared about her.
I understand completely now her obsession with blogging. I see how much love, support and respect was out there for her and why she loved being part of this world. I now truly understand her obsession and I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for the love and caring you gave her for the last part of her life.
She always said that her three kids were her greatest joy, but we all know that was closely followed by her online/blogging world. I have no real regrets, but I do wish that I had thought to take her computer in to her while she was in hospital and blog for her or read some blogs to her. I know now how much she would have loved that and how much it would have lifted her spirits.
I am new to this blogging world, and so I will now go and approve comments and be on the lookout to approve new comments so that her blog will live on.
Any tips/help/advice along the way would be much appreciated.