Miles From Fenway

RIP Linda Coutu
March 14, 2005, 12:03 am
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I just got the word that my cousin, Linda Coutu, finally succumbed to her battle with cancer. Linda is actually the sister of my cousin’s husband, but when you grow up in Rhode Island, with every family member only minutes away, distinctions such as how far you are removed in the bloodlines just doesn’t matter.

Linda was in her late 50s, with a husband Peter and a daughter Jamie, who is my age. She was a wonderful woman, and she’s going to be missed, and I feel badly that I can’t make it up there for the funeral. We’ve all seen this coming, but what hits me the hardest is not especially her passing, but what this must be doing to Jamie.

My mother is my best friend in the world. I haven’t lived less than a hundred miles away from her in something like 7 years, but we still speak on the phone every day and I miss her immensely at all times. I absolutely can not imagine what it would be like to lose her. Just the thought of it, knowing that one day it is inevitable, makes me cry. I literally can not even comprehend what Jamie must be going through. To lose a loved one is an enormous loss, for that loss to be your mother … there just aren’t words.

I know Jamie and Peter will never read this, but my thoughts and prayers are with them now. Linda is happier wherever she is, free of the pain she’s been wracked with for years. Your pain is just beginning. But we’re all here for you. Always.



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