IN LOVING MEMORY
Smaro (Smaragdi) Gourgouliatou
Oct. 17, 1964 - May 28, 1992
My dear friends,
May 28, 2004 marks exactly 12 years since my sister
Smaro passed away. Most years the anniversary did not affect me, however, when
the years are certain round numbers, like 6 or 12, my mind is constantly with
her. I could not concentrate at work. Left the office early today. Why does
separation hurts so much?
Here is picture of her, about a year before she passed
away. Soon after her disease started taking her beauty away. She would have been
40 this year.
For some reason, I felt like sharing this with you.
Thank you for checking this page.
I have received many beautiful responses. Thank you very
much for you kindness and support. Have posted here the ones that have really
touched me. If you want to share your thoughts, please e-mail them to me. E-mail:
I am very glad you share these emotions. This is a very
beautiful picture. I have seen it many times at your place... I thought it was
her, but I never asked.
Life is always too short, we cannot have and do
everything we wish...At least we can make choices. And hopefully at right times.
I too lost my sister. It was a tragedy, and no one in the family is the same. It's good that you think of her and let
others know about her. As long as we carry our loved ones in our hearts they are still with us.
I am so sorry you are feeling blue on this day. Your
sister was so beautiful and if she was even remotely like you, I can imagine the
pain you must be feeling at her loss.
I have had quite an emotional day myself so perhaps
something is going on with the planets. And oddly enough, I, too, left the
office early to go home and cry.
It's a gift to be able to actually feel pain.
We are a quick fix society and it is very ease to numb out. And, it is so
great to feel even if it is unbearable at the time. I thank you for reminding me
Perhaps Smaro's spirit is calling out to you - as the
year when one turns 40 can be challenging. I cannot help but think she is
sending you her love as well wherever she may be.
Tell me about her name.
And, please know that you are loved very very much.
I send you a big gigantic hug and kisses.
Your sister Smaro was very beautiful, and her
resemblance to you is striking. While I know your question was rhetorical, the
answer inevitably lies in our ability to remember and to care. You experience
the pain of separation because you miss speaking with her, laughing with her,
sharing her joys and disappointments, watching her grow and continue to blossom,
and also because of your shared history, or because she was or might have become
an even closer friend to you, and also, because as your sister, she was a part
of you. Probably with her, a little part of you went, too.
I know only that she left this earth far too soon for
those whose lives she was part of, or whose lives she touched, and quite likely
too, for those whose lives she would have touched. For that, I too, am sad. I
shall light a candle for her the next time I go to church. Know too, that she
must be watching over you, and that you are not alone. You do have people who
care about you and whose lives are far richer for your friendship.
I extend to you a comforting hug . . .
Smaro with Sisters Doxa and Evie (1987)
Smaro, Easter 1984
Zafiri, dear friend.
What a beautiful, effervescent woman. Her beautiful
hair, her pose, her delicate position. How
you must suffer. Of course.
they never really leave us. I
have not lost sibling. I can't
imagine the pain of separation.
Talk to her. spend
an hour just telling her your feelings. Speak
aloud. She will hear you.
I find that this is a release. My
thoughts are with you and I'm especially happy you sent a photo.
Oh, she was so young. You
didn't mention the disease, but they eat away.
I am so sorry you and your family had to suffer such a
I am so sorry you are experiencing so much pain, maybe
it is Gods way of keeping her close to you and always in your memories. Keep in
mind the separation hurts us who are left on this planet, not the people who
have moved on. I'm positive your sister is in a much better place and probably
smiling down on you right now!
Thank you for sharing.
Truly your friend,
Thank you for sharing.
She was a beautiful person. She
may be in a better place, be happy for her.
Any time you think of her, she is with you, and many many years from now
you may meet her again.
Cherish your memories until.
My mom died in '94...already 10 years.
I miss her too.
I'm sorry to hear about your loss Zafiris. There's
nothing more painful than the loss of a young life. She's almost angelic in a
way and so maybe God needed her beside him in heaven.
Se efharisto pou mirastikes tin lipi sou gia ton proimo
horismo me tin omorfi adelfi sou.
Simmerizomai ton pono sou.
Eis mnimin tis adelfis sou.
May her love warm your heart.
She is very beautiful in the photo and in your heart.
I'm sorry you can not still share her in this life, but her memory is
with your being and that is so very precious.
May this memory be forever.
What a wonderful gift she has left you with.
Thank you for sharing your pain.
Almost exactly twenty years ago, On June 23, 1984, my
brother John died of cancer. My mother died a year ago on June 26. Somehow, my
brother's death is hard to overcome.
The Greek saying is very true: Mirasmeni Hara, Dipli
Hara, Mirasmeni Lipi, Misi Lipi. (Shared joy is double joy. Shared sorrow is
I feel for you and my heart goes out to you my dear
Although, we've been told time heals everything, I
noticed this doesn't apply to you or me. We have a heart and our loved
ones will always be with us, we do not want to let go and that is OK.
We should also remember that they were in ill health and
now they are at a better place and aren't suffering anymore. Still, it's unfair
that they were taken from us so young but in reality no one can take them from
our hearts and minds. Their memory will remain with us forever till we see them
Be grateful for the wonderful years you spend with your
sister, concentrate on the good times you two had rather than the loss.
Beautiful people who touch our hearts are never forgotten -- and your beautiful
sister is one of them!
Be strong my friend, put a smile on your face and be
thankful -- I am thinking of you and sharing in your grief during this difficult
with much love,
Thanks for sharing with us. You brought us to reality.
We forget but only for little while. Smaro will be with us always. No
matter how much time passes by.
We are sending you some pictures from Kolindros in the
spring. We'll talk soon, when we come to the States.
C. and V.
I read your beautiful and loving tribute to your sister and the messages, so moving,
offered by your friends. I remembered that you had once told me about her and had
showed me her picture. I have no special words of comfort to offer you. My experiences have been so
different. I can only tell you that you are my friend. In that regard you are a man of
great wealth because you always attract people to you because you offer much in the
way of friendship. I apologize for not being a better friend to you.
Because you are Smaro's brother, her memory will be eternal.
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