My Best Friend Died Today : A True Story

All photos were from the photos of Lorena Kay Lund.
All photos were from the photos of Lorena Kay Lund.

Lorena Kay Lund

04/15/1967 - 01/09/2012

Love and Blessings to my friend Lorena Kay Lund : Who died this evening in Phoenix, Arizona. She will be missed and loved by all who knew her. But now will be with Xena and Harmony in the next world. You were my best friend.

I do believe she really will be happier, her life had not been the kindest. She tried really hard as long as I knew her, but her life was far from happy. She had two dogs she loved, but they both died of old age in the last year. She and I were close, but she was never really happy. I think this is the right thing.

I wish more of you could have met her, but such kind words from my friends means a lot. It is sad, don't worry I will be okay. Life is what we have to share together. Love is the Law. Blessed Be.

You were my best friend and will be in my heart always.

I hope that in the next life or the here after, you were able to find some peace. Your life brought much more happiness into my world than I ever could have dreamed. I loved you.

For those who knew her, loved her, lost her, and have now found this webpage, this is to honor Lorena's memory and it is also for you to remember her.

She touched us all forever.

LORENA with the two loves of her life that she is back with now. XENA and HARMONY, take good care of your mama now girls.
LORENA with the two loves of her life that she is back with now. XENA and HARMONY, take good care of your mama now girls.
If Lorena had any kind of fetish for spending, it had to be modern mobile phone devices. She prided herself on having owned and learned to use almost every known mobile device during her lifetime. From early Nokias to her last one a Motorola Android.
If Lorena had any kind of fetish for spending, it had to be modern mobile phone devices. She prided herself on having owned and learned to use almost every known mobile device during her lifetime. From early Nokias to her last one a Motorola Android.

A LORENA UPDATE: LORENA WAS TAKEN TO THE ER ON FRIDAY MORNING. AFTER HAVING TO BE RESUSCITATED 4 TIMES THEY GOT A HEARTBEAT AND PUT HER ON A VENTILATOR. SHE HAS SINCE GONE INTO CARDIAC ARREST 1 MORE TIME. AS OF THIS EVENING SHE HAS LITTLE TO NO BRAIN ACTIVITY, A VERY WEAK HEARTBEAT AND CAN ONLY BREATHE ON THE VENTILATOR. AS OF TOMORROW MORNING SHE WILL BE TAKEN OFF OF LIFE SUPPORT.

This was posted on Facebook for Family and Friends of Lorena Kay Lund on 01/08/2012.

It was the last communication that would be posted on her Facebook wall from her family concerning her death.

Lorena as a young woman with the man whom she loved more than anyone on the planet. Her Father, Robert Lund. A man who has the coolest mustache in the world and loved Lorena with an endless heart in life.
Lorena as a young woman with the man whom she loved more than anyone on the planet. Her Father, Robert Lund. A man who has the coolest mustache in the world and loved Lorena with an endless heart in life.
LORENA KAY LUND on one of the happiest days of her life. A day she thought for sure would never happen in even a million years.
LORENA KAY LUND on one of the happiest days of her life. A day she thought for sure would never happen in even a million years.
This is a picture of Lorena reuniting with her birth mother in the years before her untimely death. Miracles do happen, as she said.
This is a picture of Lorena reuniting with her birth mother in the years before her untimely death. Miracles do happen, as she said.

In some ways I knew her better than her own family, we had all our karma and things said in life. We had no issues unresolved, it was a great friendship. That is rare to have no regrets.

I guess you take chances sometimes and they work out. If I told you how we me, most would be shocked that we became so close. It was a friendship forged in honesty, we knew who each other really is...not what we wanted the other to be. We had one or two hard moments, the rest was pretty amazing. Like a sister, girlfriend, lover and friend all in one. And she was the smartest damn woman I have yet met...

Despite being a big girly dork.

She loved to do huge jigsaw puzzles, glue them to canvases and frame them as art. She had several dozen from her life. She meditated by doing beading. She had thousands of boxes of beads seaparated to make jewelry when she felt like relaxing.

She liked reality TV, news, had her fave soaps and liked Grunge rock. Alice in Chains was her favorite. She was a recluse, it was by chance we even met. You could pass her on the street and never meet her. She was a person that is always walking the other way.

She was born an Aries on Tax Day.

Her spirit was free thinking, aggressive, thoughtful and proud. Her freewill and intellect was a force of nature. Her sexuality and physical body was beyond naturally in tune with its animal magnetism. Her ability to lust for knowledge and still succumb to her higher self, made her the most challenging human being I have ever known.

She was wild, womanly, magical, mature, innovative, creative, passionate, funny, dirty minded, loud mouthed and honest. She was worldly, witty and wise, but not opposed to using bribery, blackmail and blowjobs if necessary. She was good hearted by nature, liked sharing her thoughts, loved being naked and would open your mind, without changing it. She was my muse, my mistress and my best friend, even sometimes with benefits.

No one word could describe her and no one person could try.

Lorena was if anything a lady.

Lorena was very impacted by the death of Lane Staley from Alice in Chains and the song ''WOULD"

  • This song is about going through rehab and its aftermath. The last part of the lyrics wonders if the future is any more promising.
  • Guitarist Jerry Cantrell wrote this song for the late lead singer of Mother Love Bone, Andrew Wood, a very influential figure in the Seattle music scene. Wood died of a heroin overdose in 1990. Two of his band mates in Mother Love Bone, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, went on to form Pearl Jam. (thanks Live Freak - Beirut, Lebanon)
  • This first appeared on the soundtrack to the 1992 movie Singles, where Alice In Chains appeared as a bar band.
  • Sadness and drug addiction played a big part in the band's music for the rest of their career. Their songs often reflected the life of lead singer Layne Staley, who died of a drug overdose in 2002.
  • Cantrell sang the intro on this. Lead singer Layne Staley had to convince him to do it.
  • http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2333

Lorena at a time in her life when she was feeling good about life and where it was going. She even felt a little bit sexy that day, according to her. I used to love looking through her stacks of photos with her.
Lorena at a time in her life when she was feeling good about life and where it was going. She even felt a little bit sexy that day, according to her. I used to love looking through her stacks of photos with her.
Lorena on a holiday, Thanksgiving if I am not mistaken, a little tired but making the best of it.
Lorena on a holiday, Thanksgiving if I am not mistaken, a little tired but making the best of it.
Lorena always was not a believer in a Higher Power, but had real belief in the hope that there were answers to the bigger problems. Her hope was brighter than many people's faith. She lived without the approval of anyone, except her own.
Lorena always was not a believer in a Higher Power, but had real belief in the hope that there were answers to the bigger problems. Her hope was brighter than many people's faith. She lived without the approval of anyone, except her own.
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PHOTO: 	Lorena Lund CATEGORY: 	Portrait ATTACHED TO: 	Lorena Kay Lund (1967-2012)
PHOTO: Lorena Lund CATEGORY: Portrait ATTACHED TO: Lorena Kay Lund (1967-2012) | Source

A LORENA UPDATE: LORENA OFFICIALLY PASSED AWAY WHEN LIFE SUPPORT WAS DISCONNECTED ON MONDAY JANUARY 9, 2012 @ 12:05 WITH FAMILY AROUND HER. SHE HAD STOPPED BREATHING ON HER OWN THE NIGHT BEFORE. LORENA FINALLY HAD THE PEOPLE WHO SHE CARED ABOUT WITH HER TOGETHER FOR HER FINAL DAY.

No one who is remembered in the hearts, minds and souls of those who walked the Earth with them are ever not with us. This is so very true, it is the journey of life that is important. Love is the Law...


FOR THOSE INTERESTED. THIS IS A POEM I WROTE FOR LORENA AND PUBLISHED ON HUBPAGES WHILE SHE WAS STILL ALIVE ON 10/11/2010. IT IS TITLED ' OUT OF MY BODY '.

GOODBYE MY FRIEND. MY LOVE. XOXO BLAKE4D

This is the last email message Lorena sent me online to my Hotmail account before she left for her stay in Prescott for rehab. We spent her birthday in a motel for a chance to hang out and relax for once. I had just got my big tax refund and we got a room for her birthday on Tax Day April 15th.

She wrote me, " I'm really sorry. My mother called right before I was gonna call you. I didn't answer her call but checked for voice mail. She said she was on her way to Phoenix because she thought that I left a message this morning. I called her right back to tell her that she was mistaken and not to come here. Freaked me out! We talked for over an hour. She needed reassurance that I am OK after leaving the program early. I am very sorry. Let me know when you are home via Facebook. I will be online or checking for messages often. Hopefully U will be awake."

This is the last private IM Lorena sent me online via Facebook. It was just two weeks before Christmas 2011, which we spent together in Phoenix.

She was having a bad day upon returning to her rehab stay in Prescott, " Hey you. Long time, no talk. Got my phone taken away again last week (though this time not my faullt. A couple of other girls blew it so EVERYONE lost phones, computers, cars etc.. ) Believe it or not I didn't give them my computer so I am using it now to type this message. The house phone is almost always busy cuz there are three new girls here and no one has their phone. I really hope we get them back soon! I have lots more to tell you but I will wait til we are talking on the phone. Ill try calling you tomorrow. I love you and miss you!"

This is the final obituary posted in the Arizona Republic obituaries:

Lund, Lorena ... 44, of Phoenix passed away on January, 9, 2012. She had just completed a rehabilitation program at Decision Point, Prescott Az. She was born April 15th, 1967 in San Francisco, Ca. She was preceded in death by her two beloved dogs, Harmony, and Xena. She was going forward with her new life in a career as professional dog groomer starting January 9th, 2012. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her passing. Lorena is survived by her mother, Genette Griffin, father, Robert Lund, step-mother, Margereta Lund, Brother, Kevin Lund, and sisters, Frances Berg, and Elizabeth Dowell. At the wishes of her family there will no public service.

Her family, friends and everyone who knew her will miss her dearly.

Since first publishing this on the weekend of Lorena's death, there has been some issues with friends, family, and others that may have known her. A few of these have felt the need to post comments below, some of which are nice and others that are not. It was not my intention to make a hub that was glorifying the loss of Lorena, drawing sympathy towards me, or to cast anything in a negative light about her life or death. This is a tribute to her life and having known her through the last eight years before her death, I know what her thoughts about such would be. I am not claiming to have known anything except who she really was. That was always enough in our friendship, brief as it may have been. I will not censor or edit any comments left below, but try to remember her life and not focus on the past. Anything else is not hers to worry about any longer. She is at peace somewhere, somehow, and no longer worried about this world and its problems. To the right is a picture from her childhood, adolescence. Before anything had taken her innocence or grown into adulthood. She was happy. That is what she wanted all through life. Just to be happy.

Goodbye Lorena. You will be missed.

This is my favorite picture of Lorena Kay Lund eating an apple.

All photos were from the files of Lorena Kay Lund.
All photos were from the files of Lorena Kay Lund.

Lorena Loved Music More Than Anything in Life. so Here Is a Song for Her. Blessed Be to You My Friend.

© 2012 Blake Ford Hall

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SimpleGiftsofLove 4 years ago from Colorado

What a heartfelt, beautiful tribute whom I never had the privilege to meet. Lorena's story is partly my story, it has been a difficult long road, through which only my faith and recovery has sustained me. You did her honor by your words and all of you are in my prayers today. Up and beautiful, and written from the heart. Blessings


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I am so sorry for your loss. You have written a beautiful heartfelt tribute to her. Thank you for sharing this.


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Genesis 4 years ago from Canada

God bless you for being such a loving, and wonderful friend. I'm sure Lorena will always be with you, and this tribute to her is absolutely beautiful.


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

I am so sorry for your loss - what a nice way to pay tribute to her!


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thanx everyone for your kind words, Lorena certainly would be happy to hear such positive supportive things. She was a great friend and an even better woman. Thanx for helping me honor her memory. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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lalesu 4 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

Thank you for sharing Lorena with us. You are in my thoughts, and she, as well. May the memories you carry of your beautiful friend bring you much peace. ~ Laura


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Aww Lalesu, if u had not sparked our late night conversation online, I might not have been able to get this hub out in such detail and for that I take a bow to you. Lorena would have appreciated your interest and how you helped me see the moment more clearly. It has been very positive to release this energetic day in a more creative way. You lalesu are a force of nature yourself. Always you are welcome to talk, read, write or speak your mind with me. You are a muse of amusements. Thanx again my thoughtful blonde hubber. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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KellyMcB 4 years ago from USA

That was beautiful. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend.


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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

A wonderful tribute to your friend. You have great memories that you will treasure the rest of your life.


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revortay1 4 years ago from PA

I'm sorry for your loss. Just a week ago I lost one of the most influential, kindest, and most genuine man I have ever met, my grandfather. I feel your loss and I hope you find comfort in the near future.


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Your words are all so kind. Thank you each. I am at a loss for my own words. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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dotty1 4 years ago from In my world

I am so sorry for your loss but I am glad that you had such a wonderful friend .. x


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Triplet Mom 4 years ago from West Coast

What a beautiful tribute to your friend. Sorry for your loss.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Very heartfelt. I feel your loss even more after reading your poem, ' Out of my body ' Thank you for sharing...


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

So sorry for your loss. She sounded like a great person to know.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

If we find one true friend in this life, we are lucky. I think you were down right blessed. I feel as if I know her now through your words and I like her too! I believe she will be watching over you just as she did when you could reach out and hold her hand.

I stand in awe of you, of the fact that you did such a wonderful tribute in the face of what must be so painful. Even when we know deep inside they go to a better place, that the pain ends, we still grieve for our own loss of what we hold so dear. Blessings for you.


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

To everyone, I feel I must ask that you forgive if I cannot reply to every individual response as I might normally. This is a very heavy thing for me, know that I so am touched by how many people are responding. It is not about me, or getting sympathy or attention. It is about honoring my friends life. You all would have her heart beaming were she alive to receive such warmth and feeling commentary on her brief life. Bless you all, whatever you believe in. And I thank you.

Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Poetvix ... thanx for stopping over and responding to my request. For some reason, I really wanted your input on this, perhaps because I normally do not write about something that has happened so immediately and it is a bit scary. But I felt that this was the best way to exorcise the feelings I am going through today. I also felt there was no better time to capture what my memories are . As time passes, sometimes our memories become cloudy or blurry with our imaginations, I wanted to capture the reality of my friend. Before time allows my mind to alter it, in any way. Sometimes I have noted, how close your commentaries are to my true intentions, that is why I asked you to ramble on over and give this hub a looksee.

Thanx for your awe, but I really am doing this, because I do not know what else I should do. I guess if I share Lorena's memory with others, the world of people I communicate with...maybe I can share some of what I feel with you and those others in my life. Maybe I won't have to loose her, but maybe I can share her. It is the best idea I have for now and I think that she would be happy with that, even if she would give me hell for embarrassing her, in private. LMAO

I am lucky that I met Lorena, she was lucky to have met me too. I know this. I am glad you liked her, I can only say she was that and even more. We had a minute or two to know what a beautiful place the world can be. Everyone keeps consoling me about my loss today.

The truth is that I did not loose anything. I was one of the people who grabbed my opportunity to have a real friend when I saw it, and I made the most of every minute. My life has gained ground, not a thing that really matters has been lost at all. Only time perhaps...but not a moment of love.

Keep on Hubbing. Thanx again poetvix. Blake4d


Helios Creed 4 years ago

I'm really sorry to hear about this.


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thank you so much Helios for taking the time to come here and leave your comment. Lorena actually became a fan in the last few years of your work with Damon Edge as the early Chrome. She was a big rock punk alternative fan and found your music refreshing, I was happy to have turned her on to it late in life as an audiophile. You rock HC. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

It is amazing the amount of response this hub has been getting today. Thank you a thousand times to the readers here and on Facebook. Even the couple of not so nice readers have had a positive effect and made the last 48 hours purposeful for me. Thank you all. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

What a beautiful tribute and hymn of love. And how lucky you and Lorena were to have such shared each other's lives. She is still with you I am sure and you are with her. That will not change. The disease of addiction is cruel. I am so sorry for your loss. Voting this hub up and beautiful..


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Enoch Bowen 4 years ago from Prescott, Arizona

Hi Blake, you don't know me, but we're friends on FaceBook. A little bit ago I clicked on a picture on FaceBook without reading the caption. I thought I saw someone I knew. After clicking I was not sure, but I was touched.

Real friends seem few and far between. Thank you for reminding me.


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thank you both. Yes, addiction and the other things that usually are part of life before the addiction is ever a problem, often they cannot be overcome easily. In my friend Lorena's case, she made the important realizations, just not in enough time to beat the decline of her own physical health. There were a lot of factors that played into it, not just her addiction. Thank goodness she went quickly and I think painlessly. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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saddlerider1 4 years ago

blake4d your memories of your friend will be in your very own heart beyond your last breath taken on earth. You do her honor by your kindest of words. I am saddened by your loss yet she is in a better place, it appears to me she was struggling desperately in her life and she was going through struggles to stay alive.

I have had similar losses and it pained me dearly. We all walk through this life mostly alone, we suffer, we hurt inside and if we gather up even ONE important friend along our journey here we are truly blessed. She found that friend in YOU and this wonderful tribute to her will ring in her ears and her spirit will rest with yours and both of you will find peace.

Be well my friend and may Lorena Kay Lund RIP with the knowledge that she left behind a wonderful friend who LOVED her with all his heart. Peace and blessings to you.


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SimpleGiftsofLove 4 years ago from Colorado

We are all sorry for your loss Blake. It is your time to receive comforting love and hope, as you have offered so often to others. Be blessed and warmed by the love!

Thinking of you today and praying for peace and harmony!


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thanx saddlerider, it means a lot and your words ring so true. And thank you again for coming to this hub SGL. Today is only a day removed at this point, I have had time to think about so many things, I hope you all are right that Lorena has the ability to hear this vibe and all your wonderful words for her peace. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

This is so sad. Beautiful tribute. Thank you for sharing.


Mira 4 years ago

I'm very sorry for your loss. This is a beautiful and inspiring article. Thank U for sharing her story.


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tlpoague 4 years ago from USA

I am sorry to hear about your loss. This is a wonderful tribute to your friend. I think she is proud to know that you have been there for her, and keep her memory alive with this tribute. Thanks for sharing this bit of personal sorrow with us.


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mythbuster 4 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

I'm in awe of how you were able to write this while still processing the fact of your loss, Blake. Take the time you need to think of her, remember, celebrate or whatever you have to do, and don't let anyone tell you there's a time limit on processing this. There is no "get back to normal' and "get on with it" and "it's over - bounce back' here. Just be you, be beautiful, remember and love.

XOXOXOXOHUGS


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ajcor 4 years ago from NSW. Australia

Very sad for you and your deep loss. Your words of tribute are certainly from your heart - you must have loved and respected her so much.Remember it takes time to grieve and you must take the amount of time that you need - not what people tell you is the right amount of time! Peace blake4d.


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Your love for Lorena is very apparent, and you honored her in such an amazing way.

Thank you for sharing a part of Lorena with us. She was a beautiful person.

I am so happy that you were able to find an outlet in HP, and that people have been so supportive and encouraging.

You are a very strong person.

I hope the best for you, and for everyone that knew Lorena.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

I just had to come back here and give you a huge ((((hug)))). I don't have the words. Your outlook is better than mine would be. I don't deal well with loss. My father raised me after my parents divorce until he was murdered and then my mom of course stepped up in the face of impossible odds. As a result, death is not an issue I deal well with. It was long, long ago but you know what they say about buttons. My heart reaches out to you and I believe your friend, Lorena's does too and always will. Thank you for a glimpse into a much better attitude than my own tends to be. Blessings.


Mike McCarty 4 years ago

Here in the Islands we say Aloha Ke' Akua= Love Is God. The word Hawai'i is really three words. Ha,is the first breath of life, wai, is water the giver of all life,'i Is the last breath of life. full circle. I pray her life was well lived even with her pain, and had more love to share than all the hearts beating as one. I never knew her yet she`ll be with my prayers always. Life is never lost, it just touches more lives through the love you have shared with us about her life, and your steadfast friendship. Aloha from Pahala Hawai'i. Mike


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

My sincerest sympathies. This is a lovely tribute to your friend. I bet she's sitting up there swinging on a star and looking down at you.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

You captured the reality of your friend very well indeed blake. Lorena surely makes a lovely new star in the heavens now.


Genette gri 4 years ago

Lorena was my beautiful daughter. She was raised by her step mom , her father and I. We are the ones who tried to help her and suffered though hard times and sadness. Her father and I took our beautiful baby girl home. Her dad named her Lorena Kay. For the so called "friends" who claim to love her, you loved her to death with drugs and alcohol. She finally had a chance at a good sober life and a job as a professional dog groomer. You took that away from her with your selfishness never trying to save her by supporting her efforts to be sober.


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thanx for all of you who read this and felt your hearts for Lorena, even for a moment.

Genette, I am glad that Lorena had wonderful adopted parents like you were for her. She had many blessings in life. I am glad you were there for her in her passing. No one ever said otherwise. I want you to know, that I did try to support her efforts to stay sober and encouraged her to continue down that road, and to get her education to be a dog groomer. I even told her I thought it would be the best way she could process her grief over losing Xena and Harmony. We never got to meet, so we do not realize how each of us tried to encourage her. I did not choose to try to speak for you in this memorial to her, because we did not know each other well enough to do so. Lorena was blessed by all of the people who were sources of good in her life. She tried very hard. We all have lost someone very special. You did have a very beautiful daughter.

Thanx again to everyone taking time to read this, it honors Lorena. Keep on Hubbing everyone. Love Blake4d


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'm also sorry for your loss Blake. Losing someone you care about is never easy. She was lucky to have you as her friend!


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thank you. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

blake4d,

Words can't express the sorrow I feel for you. I wish there was something I could say. If you ever need to speak to someone I'm right up the road.gjf


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thanx I am overwhelmed. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

Dear Blake-I am so so sorry for your loss. Your tribute to your special friend is so moving and I'm weeping for your loss. This video you uploaded is amazing and gave me goosebumps, just as your story of your friendship did. She is watching over you now Blake and will always be around you. Just keep remembering that she is at peace :-)


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Lorena would thank all of you. Blake4d


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thanx also to her family some of whom have been supportive and some not. May you be in our prayers, as you mourn the loss of your daughter.


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

5 days later, things are still sad. But not for the worse, there has been some issues with this article that I am sorry for, but still I think that Lorena would be more than happy with the positive response so many have had. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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carolina muscle 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I'm sorry for your loss.


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Storytellersrus 4 years ago from Stepping past clutter

I feel like your beautiful Lorena was a Wise One who loved deeply and was overwhelmed by the pain and conflict in the world. I am so sorry. I hope her continued spirit in your life will bring you peace.


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Lorena would appreciate the many kind comments. This hub is for her, its not about me. Thanx to everyone. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

KOH. Blake4d


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KDee411 4 years ago from Bay Area, California

That's so sad Blake, your talking about Lorena, that's good. You will never forget her,but God does comfort the greaver in time. I know! my son was murdered a long time ago. I too believe he is in a better place and that we will meet again. You'll meet with Lorena again. I also am writing about my son, and why I know he's happier. With my two hubs you'll have a clue.

I have a clue about your lovely friend. She's happy Blake. Kay


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thanx for your very kind words Kay. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

May all of you have good blessings and prayers for the rest of 2012


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

May all of you have good blessings and prayers for the rest of 2012


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

One thing about friendship, Blake...we take it the dented fenders that come on it. I can tell that is exactly what you did here and you were a good friend all the way to the end. As much as we would all like to change outcomes, sometimes it is just beyond our ability as humans but we can learn from it and I think you did. Maybe she is in a better place...we can only hope that is the case. God Bless. WB


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Friendship is eternal. What expressive and poignant words. A true friend you are and always will be to her. You have celebrated her through this hub. Very touching. ((Big Hugs))


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Jean Bakula 4 years ago from New Jersey

Hello Blake,

You were strong and brave to be such a good friend to Lorena as things got tougher. Sometimes your friends and even family members bail on you at the toughest times of life. She sounds like a beautiful person, and you do too. We all experience loss, but many do not express their feelings of anger, pain, sorrow, confusion. It's healthy to get some of that out in this way. I believe in an afterlife, and bet Lorena is watching now and wishing she could comfort you. It's said you are lucky if you have one really good friend in your life. Mine passed away five years ago, and it still hurts like hell. I meet her mother for lunch and try to take care of her a little, as I promised. It's OK when we are together, but I cry all the way home.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Dear Blake ~ This feels like a eulogy with many moments you shared together with her beautiful life. May she be at peace and you also. I have been thinking how our writing is eternal, our words and thoughts in cyberspace. Blessings, Debby


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

WB as usual you have some grounded thoughts on a tough subject. Thanx.

AE your kind words are appreciated.

JB, I hope we both have found some closure, but yes life does hurt at times.

DB, it was meant as a kind of eulogy, but more of a memorial. Perhaps just a way to honor Lorena's memory and keep it to remember her as the years pass on.

Keep on Hubbing everyone. Blake4d


Bb ~ 4 years ago

WOW Blake ~ i am truly sorry for your loss. Heartfelt reading your words. Bless ~


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Much appreciated Bb. Everyone who loved and knew Lorena will miss her, but she is at peace, of that I am sure. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


Steve Ross 4 years ago

She seems like a sweet lady I never knew. I hope she's at peace now.


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thanx so much. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


me 4 years ago

you didn't know her at all...........


me 4 years ago

you should be ashamed!!! You stalked her and fed her illness!!!!!!!!!!!--KARMA IS A BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! tweeker better watch himself


you 4 years ago

what goes around comes around----------watch out cause it's a coming for ya!!!!!!!!!!


tweeker 4 years ago

you fed her illness. how dare you act like you cared. Sick freak


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

I do not know who wrote the last few posts. But I felt I should address them, and will be honest. Lorena and I knew each other almost eight years. Yes, I admit at times I may have been part of the problem, but we were friends and I know I spent more time with her in those eight years than her associates, friends, family or anyone that she was close to. I have not said this publicly, but Lorena asked me to marry her on Christmas Day 2011, she was trying to find the right way to move on with her life. She left to get her things in Prescott with another male friend, so I did not get to see her before her death, except for a few minutes the day before. Even though I may have fed her addiction in times past, that was not what was the case in those last weeks or even before. Whomever wrote the last few posts, I hope you find closure and know that everyone who knew her has lost something very special. I feel for your pain, and hope you can remember her and honor that memory. You must have loved her too.

To Hubpages and readers, I do not believe in censoring people for their opinions, this hub is not for my benefit, it is to remember Lorena. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thanx for you comments everyone. All input and friendship that remembers Lorena Kay Lund is welcome. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Many are hurt by the loss of your friend and they will act out accordingly to there own anger and pain. It is nice that you were able to keep the posts up and nobody should be judging you for your right or wrongs. All of us know what we should or should not do and sometimes addictive personalities can also lead to self-destruction. Again I am sure she was a good person she just went down the wrong path and there wasn't any turning back this time. What I can say is she is no longer in pain or suffering through any years of turmoil she may had, May she rest in Peace.

As for not knowing who they are, all you have to do is track there ip address which post at the back of all of the comments that they write. But if you are not really interested and just allowing them to vent, then there isn't any need to bother. They are hurt and in pain too. God Bless


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thanx AE. I appreciate your supportive comments. Yes I did know that I can track the IP, in fact I only checked as far as the general GPS location, so I now know who they are, but am not worried about pursuing it. They do not realize how close Lorena and I were, by knowning what city the IP came from I already know exactly who wrote the above posts. It is good that they are getting the negatives out, and I don't mind being a scapegoat for somethings in life. I probably am the best target in this instance, I don't mind, Lorena did many things above and beyond the call for me as a friend over the eight years we had on planet Earth. She probably would give a cosmic wink, but I know it is all about being who you really are. I hope everyone who reads about her, thinks about her, and learns something from her life. It is not about those of us left behind, it is about not being left out. Everyone has an opinion about everything, I truly believe all of us are important and equally deserving. Peace out. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

For anyone interested, I have added a few more photos and an addendum to this hub. It is amazing how many people have taken time to view it and share it across the Internet and the WWW. Thanx to everyone. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


friends 4 years ago

from what I understand of you Blake I don't like you much, I am sure you were friends on some level but what I hear from true friends who have known her much longer they think you are a real creep, you 2 got drunk did drugs ...I mean really, saying you were friend with benefits, and other comments?? does not bode well with friends of our group. You say you honored her, I say that's a bunch of malarky. I wouldn't touch you with e ten foot pole.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

@blake4D: What I have learned from her life is you never take anything for Granted. My younger sister had problems to and all of us would blame her issue on her acquaintances. I being the older finally realized my sister created her own actions, her own lifestyle and those people she surrounded herself with were also weak and influenced when it came to life. They were depressed, lonely, lost souls who were just trying to fit in somewhere. Needless to say I gave it over to God and my sister is clean and with us today. I stopped blaming those who were around her but made her take accountability for her actions. Some of those friends she had are also clean and share with other there horror stories. Sadly your friend is gone and people are angry but they will realize one day that the purpose of your friend was not to create animosity but she only wanted understanding, there was something missing in her life that could not be explained. I will pray for all of those who are saddened, angry and hurt by this event. I was one of those people who felt the same way they did.


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

To clarify...I don't drink alcohol. Never have that is something Lorena liked about me as a friend. I have done everything else. Lorena was a poly-user, my addictions have always been singular. But everyone wants to blow off that she was wasted drunk the night she died, I hadn't seen her in two weeks...she had been up at her rehab center to collect her belongings. She was with her other friends who told me to stay away from her - so many times. But I never once put a bottle in her hand. It was the alcohol that was her demon of choice. I was one of the only friends she had that didn't facilitate that. And everyone brings up her addictions, not one of you has yet brought up how you encouraged her to stop selling her body, or that her family sent her to a wilderness cult as a teen, or anything that might have been more damaging psychologically. How dare any judge me. No one was there for her night, after week, after month, after most of eight years, then suddenly everyone thought she needed fixing. As for my comments, you need to read with your heart. If you knew her so well, you would see her humor there...most of the wording is actual conversations and things she had said to me over the years. At least people are viewing her memories, that she left mostly with me it seems. She made sure I had what pictures she had transferred digitally, she was sad that she never had time to put all her pictures to digital. I have many more but most will just remain private. There was never time.

Thanx AE for your comments.


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

I should make a thank you to the hub pages editors who have done an amazing job at monitoring this hub, and other issues (that I am aware of) and taking the time to respond with their own input. I suppose I did not expect it to warrant such anger, at me. But that is okay. From this point on I will probably just thank future comments for their perspective, for I have little other commentary. Nor will I argue over and slander the memory of my friend. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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mythbuster 4 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

Those who posted as "me", "you", "tweeker", "friend", etc., and who posted ridiculous derogatory comments... you have disrupted the positive content on this hub reserved for remembering Lorena. If you are the family and friends that Lorena came from, it is plain to see why she might have chosen to numb out with substances in order to veer away from your negativity, hostility, etc, and because you obviously couldn't experience ALL OF HER with your limited ability to understand and face the truth of her addiction history. It's shameful that you showed up here using this page to display your rudeness in an entirely ugly way - to name-call, issue passive-aggressive threats under anonymous names and hidden identity - when this page was created and published as a matter of respect for remembering Lorena.

Obviously, the positive comments far outnumber the negative ones here. How does it feel, "me", "you", "tweeker", "friend", to be just the few who are not bringing honour and respect to this page dedicated to Lorena's memory?


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thanx MB. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


nikki dawson 4 years ago

Rest in peace to one of my oldest and dearest friends. I hope you and Mike find one another. I loved you and lost you. I tried to be a pillar with which you could stand. Neither of us were perfect, but we loved each other.


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thanx Nikki, Lorena would have loved you kind words. KOH. Blake4d


ExGirlfriends 4 years ago

A beautiful tribute to a beautiful girl. We shall miss you Lorena. xoxoxo A Friend...


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thanx EG. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

You never have to explain to others about the purpose of the article you have written memorializing a friend. To those who read the memory and tribute see a friend who took the time to honor her life and bid her farewell with courage. To those who wish to spew such negativity on a memorial should be ashamed of the words they have written. There is always another place and time to vent, but this is a place to honor someone's life, not write words of animosity on it.

Many of us who has posted did not know her, but through the words that are written we have embraced her short life and see her beautiful smiles in our minds.


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thanx AE. It would have been Lorena's birthday yesterday. Your comment is appropriate and timely. Keep on Hubbing. HBday LKL. Blake4d


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

She is celebrating in heaven with many others. She was quite stunning while here on Earth and now is more beautiful where she has gone. Happy Birthday to Lorena :)


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Blessed Be. KOH. Blake4d


AAJJ 4 years ago

Awww this is so beautiful. What a wow thing to write. I wish I had known her too. You were so lucky.


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thanx AAJJ. Everyone that knew her was lucky. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thought of you a lot today LKL, and that last car trip with Xena, and the day my car died but made it just far enough to pick you up when you tore you knee ligament. That car died right after that. One of those cosmic winks I suppose. I miss you a very lot, everyday, but I am moving on with life like you told me to. xoxo Blake4d


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mythbuster 4 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

xoxoxoxo2


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thanx again MB. Love to everyone who has taken time to comment on and read this hub, love to Lorena and her family as well. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

what a beautiful tribute, Blake. sorry for the loss of your friend


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Each of us has only the time we have. Lorena lived her life, and made no attempt to be less than herself. It is that I remember more everyday about her. I hope all her friends and family can do the same. Thanx for the commentary PDX. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Miss you. My dog loving friend. Wish you were here. KOH. IAOTIO. Blake4d


vickythebassplay 4 years ago

I've got to say my heart is broken. I have spent quite some time trying to find Lorena in the last 28 years, and had no luck with the computer search. It seems she was lucky to have so many caring friends. Seeing the pic with her birth-mother has me gutted. It's all she talked about in highschool, and so sad that it took so long for them to meet...and sadder still that so many of the people we knew back them didn't survive. I would have loved to find her before today...for it's too late now...maybe I could have shown her something hopeful...or done something...I have no idea if she remembered me much, but I remember her so well...


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

I do remember her mentioning you, at least i think it was you Vicki. Lorena and I had some years and many conversations about her life in the past. If it helps, I think she is happier now. Am glad that you found her at least, it is nice that you remember her. Be well. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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blake4d 3 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

You are missed, loved, and remembered in 2013 LKL - many of your friends, family, acquaintances, and people that you touched come to this hub on a daily basis. It helps all of us to remember you. May your wings carry you far my long lost friend. KOH. Blake4d


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blake4d 3 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Genette 'Genie' Kay Griffin, 71, entered into rest peacefully on Jan. 27, 2013, at Cox South Medical Center in Springfield, Mo., after a battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rodger and Mildred Lindgren; and her daughter, Lorena Lund. God bless their family and those who have lost this gracious mother and daughter, just over a year apart in time. May they find each other in the next world, the next life, or in the heaven of their choosing. Amen.


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blake4d 3 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

For Valentine's Day : I have posted some more photos in two groups with thumbnails from Lorena's childhood and life. Maybe hearts touch us like angels wish for us to feel. I think of you everyday LL. Keep on Loving. Blake4d


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blake4d 3 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thanx to all the readers who have made this hub so special, Keep on Hubbing. Love is the Law. Blake4d


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formosangirl 3 years ago from Los Angeles

It is sad to see someone die so young. She must have been a lost soul. RIP.


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blake4d 3 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

I believe that all of us are souls drifting within the sea of light, that which we call life in the here and now. We are lost, alone, and unique in our individuality, which gives us strength. But this is imparted upon us as human beings, so that we will seek out communion and community with others, and thus the purpose of life may primarily be to seek each other out and save one another. In that perspective, no one is really lost, only adrift and hoping to find safe passage home.

My friend Lorena was not lost during the whole of her life, but she was less content with living than she was finding peace after her work here was done. That I know for sure. The sadness passes, the heartache fades, the bad memories lose their prominance, and eventually the mind finds the ability to accept what is reality. Death and life are both part of the journey we all are on. No one knows what hours are left in each day we have, nor how many days left in this life we live.

Everyone is important in the scheme of everything. Lorena was with us just as long as she needed to be, no more, no less. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


Bob 3 years ago

I loved Lorena with all of my heart. She was and still is the greatest love of my life. It would be east to attack and bad mouth Blake...But the truth would be, It would be out of jealousy for her friendship with you. She was a very troubled soul. I will not try to prove her love for me, and make it into a contest. If you knew Lorena you knew that she made terrible comments about me. But for over 10 years by her own words and actual fact, She and I spent more time together than she ever spent with anyone. She was with me from new years eve til the Wednesday before she died. Oh and she asked me to marry her then also. BUT she was so lost and reaching out for answers. Blake...with NO DOUBT I know that you loved her. I know that she really cared about you. She is gone. At least gone from this earth.....She lives and fills my heart even yet today. She died a year and a half ago. I am still a wreck. But that is my problem. Thank you for caring about her. She did care about you.


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blake4d 3 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thank you for taking the time to post such a thoughtful comment Bob. Of her friends that I had a chance to meet, you were there for her the most and in many trying circumstances. I can attest to that. Thank you for loving Lorena as well. She touched many people in her short time with us. She loved you too. Blake


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blake4d 2 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

I miss you and always will have you in my heart LL. I think of you each day. I hope you know that although I have moved on with my life. I hope to see you in the next one. And be with you forever and a day. Love is the law, my beautiful long lost red haired friend. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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blake4d 2 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

It's been 2 years yesterday my beloved friend, blessed be. Love you LL. Blake4d


Deborah Sexton 2 years ago

A beautiful tribute Blake. I am so sorry for your loss. I can tell you cared a lot about her.

She was born in numerology a 33/6. Se was a healer through communication. She died in her personal year 6. This means her healing came through her death, so she is fine now. She will have 3 more reincarnations to work out her good and bad karma. People usually reincarnate about 2 years after they die. She will be with you again, and you will be younger then she is.

God Bless you Blake


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blake4d 2 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Wow thank you DS. Your timing is wise and wonderful. Thank you for taking the time to read about Lorena, I am sure she would appreciate it, as well. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


Deborah Sexton 2 years ago

Blake, if you don't mind me asking, when is your birth date? You don't have to include the year..just the month and day.


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blake4d 2 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thanx for the wonderful insights in your email DS. And thank you for visiting this hub and thinking about Lorena for a moment or two. Love is the law. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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blake4d 2 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Much love and good memories we shared LKL. I miss you, but am doing lots better these days. You are always in my heart. KOH. Blake4d


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

blake,

Words are inadequate now. This has to be one of the warmest, most-touching pieces that I have read. True love, respect, and deep friendship are evident in each passage.

And I extend my sympathy to you. I know where you are. And it is never easy to deal with this, one of life's dark and complex mysteries.

Kenneth


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blake4d 2 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thanx for your kind words about Lorena and this hub KA. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


Kenneth Avery 2 years ago

blake4d,

You are more than welcome. And I will do what you ask and keep on hubbing as long as you do.

Peace.

K.


Tammy Renae 2 years ago

I never knew LL but my wonderful "true" friend knew and cared for her deeply. And for anyone on here to think he hurt her in any way shape or form is assnine ! Blakey u da bestest and i think this tribute was sweet and she'd be smiling down from her heaven. I hope u do something like this for me if u r still here .Love u Blakey Tammy


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blake4d 2 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Aww thanx so much TR. You are a true friend and I appreciate your kind words. If that day should come, I will consider doing something for you, as you are the only person that has ever asked me to do so. Love and rockets my friend. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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Nikkij504gurl 2 years ago from Louisiana

a great tribute to a great friend. i hope that someone will love and know me enough to write something like this for me when i die


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blake4d 2 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

I guess we all hope that, I didn't even think twice, I just started putting this together the day Lorena died. Thanx for reading about her and commenting. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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blake4d 2 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Miss you LKL.


Isabel Espinoza 2 years ago

Blake, losing a friend so dear is like losing a part of yourself. I am truly sorry for your loss. I also lost someone very dear and close to me due to addictions and of course everything that caused that person to turn to his addictions for numbing. I still miss him so. It's been 8 years. I met you in College, i was so naïve, I was new to the campus lifestyle and very timid...it was the first time living on my own with my 3 year old son...YOU WERE NOTHING LESS THAN A KIND AND GIVING AND LOVING FRIEND TO ME....YOU INSPIRED ME AND WHEN I WAS AROUND YOU I ALWAYS FELT SAFE...the anonymous few throwing insults at you must NOT know you at all...brush your shoulder off of their bull, Papi.....and keep it pushing...marvelous tribute to Lorena....be enriched by your experiences and life spent with her.....miss you and take good care of yourself


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blake4d 2 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thanx so much for your kind and personal comments Isabel. We had some fun days putting together musical ideas, I was just learning my way around the digital arts then, but your project for class was one of the first times I helped someone else work on their ideas. It was fun, I know Jim thought highly of you as well.

Yes, life has a way of being very real and sometimes we only have short moments or days or months or years with someone. As I expressed here, i am so glad that I took the time to really know Lorena, and spent as much time with her as I was able, while she was alive. The pain of her loss is less now, but her memory never fades. I think mostly of the good days and the fun we had together.

You would have liked her Isabel, she was very real and very special. Thanx again for taking time to read this and keep her memory alive. God bless. Keep on hubbing. Blake4d


Patrick 23 months ago

she was my wife and even though we could not live together are bond never broke . Yes Lorena is happier now . She always told me when her two dogs die she would leave this planet . And she did . It's what she wanted . Please don't abuse my ex wife's passing by saying any thing negative here . And please do t share with the world things she wouldn't of . Rip Lorena .

Again no more nasty words , thank you . A true animal lover she is


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blake4d 23 months ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

Thanx for leaving your comments Patrick. I only met you a few times, but it was a positive part of Lorena's life and she expressed that often to me. I am glad you came and left your thoughts about her. Yes she was a true animal lover and she cared for Xena and Harmony with endless love. Her dogs were her babies. Thank you again.

Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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blake4d 2 weeks ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings Author

I have thought of you many times this week Lorena, I made a friend who has two dogs that remind me of Xena and Harmony. You would approve of her love for them, you would probably approve of her in other less evident ways. In any case, your memory continues to touch me, guide me, inspire me, and on my best days I think about what might have been. I am now at peace with your passing, and I realize that we were both lucky. That we saw in one another, someone that we wanted, pursued, and did not waste one momment of our short eight years together on Earth. Your life made sense somedays and made chaos on other ones. Your love was like a tempest, but your heart was like a kindred spirit. We were honest about everything in our ways, we were intimate in our time spent alone together, but most important, we were friends that did not leave anything on the table unresolved. We knew who each other was and never missed a chance to get high, get angry, get naked, get motivated, get sober, or get real. Lorena loved me unconditionally, and I loved her without knowing how deep my emotions ran, until our time together was over. That day is forever mine to remember, in sadness, in happiness, in private and in this hub. Keep on hubbing Lorena Kay Lund. Keep 'em screaming until the end, your memories are my memories. All of my love to you, blessed be to you, my magical long lost friend. Blake4d

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