Karen died peacefully in her sleep early on Thursday morning. She just stopped breathing. Over the past few months she had gradually lost her capability for independent living. For the past month she had depended on us for almost everything and spent most of her days and nights asleep or dozing with little interest in food or drink, the sleep induced both by the tumor and her painkillers. She has been immensely stoical but we would not have wished to prolong this existence. We were still devastated to finally say goodbye to her.
Christopher, Nadine and Anabelle arrive today and we will have a service for Karen on Monday. We also plan a Memorial service in the UK when Jean- Paul & I are next over.

We send you our love,

Debby and Jean-Paul

Message added: October 8, 2005