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It's Been Awhile Since You've Been Gone: A Sister's Love

Updated on September 6, 2019
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It's Been Awhile Since You've Been Gone~ A Sister's Love
It's Been Awhile Since You've Been Gone~ A Sister's Love | Source

A Sister's Love

On March 23,1963, My little brother came into the world and we instantly became best friends.

In 2006, I said Good-bye to my little brother who lost his life to cancer. He left behind a legacy of love, fatherhood, devotion, and friendship.

Today, I celebrate not his death, but his life through words, music and sight.

Todd Edward Hunt, was an amazing man who gave his love unconditionally.

Happy Birthday little brother! I miss you!

A Sister's Love
A Sister's Love | Source
Todd with the Family 2004
Todd with the Family 2004 | Source
Devoted and Loving Father
Devoted and Loving Father | Source

It's Been Awhile Since You've Been Gone

It’s been awhile since you’ve been gone

But the yesterdays are clear~

I still can see your smile,

And your voice, I still can hear.

It’s been awhile since you’ve been gone

I thought I’d be the first~

To leave this earth and say goodbye

And let you quench the thirst.

It’s been awhile since you’ve been gone

My silence is no more~

My heart is missing you so much

Please walk through my front door.

It’s been awhile since you’ve been gone

And yet you’re here with me

On hard days when I need you most

Your spirit is the key

It’s been awhile since you’ve been gone

I remember that day of such

For on that last day that we spoke~

You said, “I love you, very much”

It’s been awhile since you’ve been gone

My precious baby brother

Best friends we are and will always be,

They’ll never be another.

It’s been awhile since you’ve been gone

Your birthday is today,

I’ll light a candle just for you

To celebrate your day.

Happy Birthday Todd, I love you!

Lisa Furugen©

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I highly recommend this read after losing a loved one. Everyone copes with healing differently. There is no right or wrong way, but there is comforting way and it can make all the difference in the world.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Liz Rayen


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    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      16 months ago from California

      Thank you Tim. God bless you! - Liz

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      2 years ago from Los Angeles CA

      damn, my heart is wrenching, i remembered my lovely sister, she's still with us but we just dont talk much anymore, nice hub!

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Thank you Sharon. He was (and still is) a big part of our lives. My mom misses him terribly, but it's wonderful therapy to write and talk about the one's you love that you have lost. Thank you for your hugs. I sure can feel them! (((Hugs backatcha)))

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      Sharon Smith 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Lisa ~ How beautiful this tribute is to Todd. I do remember reading your Mom's writing about him too. Your poem is extremely touching and the video, although sad, is also adorable and something your family will continue to cherish. No doubt Todd is watching over you. Sending you big hugs!


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      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Thank you so much V Lynn! I don't consider myself a poet at all, but the words flowed as I needed them and I hope I did him justice. Thank you for your sweet comment! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 

      8 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      That's beautiful, L Lynn. What a tribute. I can't imagine losing one of my brothers. I'm glad you can capture your love for him in your writing and photos. Absolutely lovely hub.

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      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Thank you Deborah, It's important that we keep the memory of our loved ones alive. Some days it's harder than others, but love and support from each other and friends always makes it a little easier. You are so sweet to comment. This was my way of saying Happy Birthday and that he is missed. God Bless:)

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      Deborah Neyens 

      8 years ago from Iowa

      What a beautiful tribute to your brother, Lisa, and a wonderful way to keep his memory alive. So sorry for your loss. It's been a while but I imagine you never really get over a loss like that.

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      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Martie, my dearest "Hub-sister", your words are not only touching but so loving. Thank you for your sweet spirit. Toadd was an amazing man, he is missed constantly. I believe that the best way to accept, understand, move forward and remember is by always sharing with one another. Hugs to you my dear friend and God Bless. :)

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      My heart goes so out to you and your mother, Rustic. It must be absolutely awful living with the longing for one's brother or son.

      And yet, it has to be done. There is no way out. This is a lovely tribute to Todd and an excellent way to ease the pain of longing...

      Voted up and heart-touching!

      (OMG, I am crying my heart out, just figuring myself in your shoes. May I never receive this cup of pain to drink.)

      Hugs to you and your mom... :)

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment Vellur. He was a wonderful brother. :)

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      Am so sorry for your loss. Very sad when loved ones depart. The emptiness and pain never goes away. Your poem expresses your true love for your brother.

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      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Thank you Pamela, He was such a special man. I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate his birthday and his life except with this tribute. I appreciate your comment. God Bless :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      It is so painful to lose a loved family member and I think your tribute is beautiful. I am sorry you have experienced this loss and I know from your poem that your brother will always be alive in your memories. Up and beautiful.

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      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Thank you my dear friend alocsin. That means a lot to me. :)

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      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      mljdgulley, I don't ever think the "missing" will go away. I am truly sorry for the loss of your sister. It's always amazing to me how much stronger we become as a family or as individuals when we can support one another when a loved one is called home. God Bless.

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      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Thank you Made. He was an amazing young man. I'm pleased it touched your heart. Have a wonderful day!

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      My heart goes out to you and this is a wonderful tribute. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      8 years ago

      Great hub sharing your love of your brother. I lost my sister five years ago and we still miss her.

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      Madeleine Salin 

      8 years ago from Finland

      This hub brought me very close to tears. Beautifully written about your brother.

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Thank you rajan, He was indeed a wonderful brother and individual. I appreciate your sweet comment.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Very moving! A lovely tribute and I can feel the latent love.

      Voted up. Awesome.

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      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Mom (vocalcoach) Hahahaha Toe toe in the tub? Oh My Gosh.. I was thinking about that as I wrote the poem! I was laughing so hard. Do you remember when you would hear the icecream truck on the next block and as soon as it reached our block, you would have me play the piano as loud as I could to drown out it's music, just so he wouldn't throw a tantrum for icecream?

      You are so welcome mama for the tribute! Happy Birthday to our boy! Love you!

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      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      CC~ Thank you so much. I am so sorry for your loss as well. You are right, we will never forget, nor should we. Some days are easier than others, but with love and support from each other, we move forward. I have a deep understanding of death and Although Todd was taken from us at such an early age, he had mission to fulfill somewhere else.:) Today, I celebrated his birthday and life which was a happy place for me. *HUGS*

      Susan, Thank you so much sweetheart. Your tears are felt so strongly with me this evening. *HUGS*

      Bee.. Thank you my new found friend. I am sorry for your great loss as well. May we both find peace and happiness in their lives and be all the more richer for it!

      Linda, I am so sorry to hear of your loss as well. It's never easy to hear of another's loss, but it is easy to give compassion and support to each other. Hugging you BIG from afar!

      Thank you billybuc! Your support is amazing and so very appreciated! :)

      Thank you Richira. He is at peace and looking down on us every day! *HUGS*

      LORD, you are so right. Todd had an infectious laugh and every time I have a challenging day, I hear is laugh and some smartie remark making fun of how serious I'm taking the situation. Thank you for your tears my friend. Your compassion is so greatly appreciated. *HUGS*

      Cindy, you have hit it on the head. Yes, I feel him all the time. It's our human right to be selfish and want our loved ones back, but our obligation to allow them to move on to their next journey. I miss him constantly, but all I have to do is close my eyes, and he's right here reminding me our much he loves me! *HUGS*

      Maria, my tears are flowing because of your sweet words. Thank you so much for such a beautiful compliment. You are such a wonderful woman. *HUGS*

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      Audrey Hunt 

      8 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Lisa, this is such a lovely, tender tribute to our Todd.

      I know it wasn't easy for you but it's a touching and oh so kind gesture.

      The video is precious and brings back many memories. Do you remember "Toe toe in the tub?" It starts out "Me big Indian Chief." :-)

      Thank you baby girl for the time and work you put into this. I miss him terribly as I know you do too. You're just the best. Much love. Mama

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Lisa,

      I can only imagine the feeling of losing a sibling and I am very sorry for the loss of your friend, as well as your brother who was important to many people

      He would absolutely love this tribute and be proud still of the big sister you will always be.

      Your work inspires the best and most compassionate feelings and memories in all of us. Your presence is beautiful in this community.

      Voted UP & Awesome & Beautiful.

      Love, Maria

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      What a beautiful tribute to someone with whom you had a very special relationship. It is good to have wonderful things to remember about someone, and although they may be gone, you still can close your eyes and feel them close once again for a moment as you relive a special time. Truly, truly beautiful.

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      LORD De Cross 

      8 years ago

      Speechless, sobbing. . Feeling your world carving deeper emotions as though they were mine. Cheer up Lisa. He would've told you that!


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      8 years ago from United States

      gosh, it's such a touching tribute to your brother. Wishing him peace, Lisa.

      Voted up as touching and awesome!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There is no remedy for such a loss other than time as you well know. Thank you for sharing such a moving tribute.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      A beautiful tribute to your brother. I lost my oldest brother in '81 and my youngest brother in '83. I understand the loss of a sibling. The memories will never fade:)

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      Olusola Omo Badmus 

      8 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Hey, Sister Lisa, your poetic story moves smoothly through my very being; it touched the core of my heart. I can relate with such great loss, and the due tribute is your succour! Well-written hub!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lisa, This is beautiful even though it did bring me tears.

      Sending you hugs. XXX

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      8 years ago from Western NC

      Aw, what a beautiful tribute. I lost one of my older brothers a year ago to a car accident. There are no words to alleviate the pain...just time. But, even with time, we will never forget. Ever. Such a wonderful poem. Voted up and beautiful.


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