The Light Shines In Darkness


The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.—John 1-5

Soul Mates Forever

Soul Mates Forever



It’s been 1673 days since I’ve seen your beautiful face.


It’s been a helltime, a darktime, a time of shadows and sharp edges. It’s been a time of falling on knees screaming the same prayer over and over again…


Help me.   Help me.   Lord, please help me.


I think of you, dear, when the leaves blow,  when green transforms into mandarin oranges,  when the scent of autumn fills air like fire.  I think of you when I smell cinnamon,  nutmeg,  sage, & cloves.  Those were your favorite things to simmer on your stove.




You might ask why I’m still writing about you, crying over you,  holding onto you.


Because mourning doesn’t have a time limit.   Because grief is born into the world, but doesn’t expire until we do.   Because tequila doesn’t numb the pain.  Because suicide hurts just as much as murder.


When I write words, it’s like biting into the sweet bread of communion,  like sun melting gold glitter on skin,  like a million voices singing, “H a l  l e l u i  h.”


I wanted to tell you how much my life has changed since you left me, how I had to reinvent myself.


The day of your funeral, I gazed into the mirror for a long time repeating, “my sister is dead,  my sister is dead,  my sister is dead.” Afterwards,  I lined my eyes with charcoal liner until I didn’t recognize myself.  I just kept smearing and rubbing and trying to fucking disappear.


But I’m still here.    O’, God,   I’m still here.


I wanted to tell you that in spite of depression and deep, profound loss, I’ve found myself again. I wanted to tell you that light overpowers darkness,  kills the monsters, murders the beast.


Yes, my love, darkness eventually needs to surrender.


I wanted to tell you that even though your body is buried, your voice rises thru the soil every.  single.  day.   And even though your murderer stopped your heart,   it pumps loudly and beautifully and prayerfully into the universe!


H  a   l  l  e   l  u   i  a  h.




—-My sister was murdered on May 26, 2010.  The world slipped away & darkened.  Get Help Now.  Do not wait.  Never wait. You are loved & valued.   Domestic Abuse Hotline 


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  • Reply
    Totally Caroline
    October 25, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I bet you were the most wonderful sister a girl could have… and you still are

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    Elephant's Child
    October 25, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Hurting for you, hurting with you. As always.
    And in awe at the strength you dragged from the darkness.
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    October 25, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I love how you’ve turned this incredibly aching loss into something good through the work you do on behalf of all women. We’re all so proud of you, Kim! You are hot stuff!
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    Valentine Logar
    October 25, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    The light beats darkness, we walk under the sun and we sing

    H a l l e l u i a h

    We raise our fists, in fury and in demand for retribution.

    I love you.
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    October 25, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Kim I feel the same way, we all mourn differently. Its not the same without Kay, it
    never will be.
    Love You

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    lisa thomson-The Great Escape...
    October 25, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    The light wins. Love wins. Hatred and fear lose. Kay’s memory is ever so powerful with your beautiful words.
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    October 25, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Oh, what a journey, Kimmy. A neverending path of mourning. Sending love and plenty of hugs.
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    Kim Gagnon
    October 25, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Love you Kimmy xoxoxo
    Keep on shining for others

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    Balroop Singh
    October 25, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Yes, we can hear her voice…Kay lives through your words, your love, your cause!
    You are an awesome sister, Kim!
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    Vidya Sury
    October 25, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    It is true. Mourning has no time limit. Sometimes we do it with tears, sometimes with smiles over loving memories. Either way, the loss sits in our heart permanently, always reminding us it is there.

    I admire you for keeping Kay alive in such wonderful ways, Kim. What a difference you are making by bringing a strong message to all those lucky enough to be connected with you!

    Hugs and love.

    Love you more than the magnolias blooming in our yard and spreading their fragrance!
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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    October 26, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Kay lives in your writing, memories and your heart. You are a great sister!
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    Choc Chip Uru
    October 26, 2014 at 4:43 am

    I can hear Kay’s voice through you my friend, you are an amazing sister!

    Love you and your strength so much!
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    Mandy - The Complete Book
    October 26, 2014 at 5:33 am

    H a l l e l u i a h and Amen!
    Love to you my dearest Kim.
    🙂 Mandy xoxoxo
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    Chris Carter
    October 26, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Even the smallest flicker of light will take over the darkness… light a match in a pitch black room and the room illuminates. Kay’s light shines like that-

    Through you.

    God’s light shines like that-

    In the world.
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    October 26, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I believe sweet Kay is smiling down on you, and I know that you believe it too.
    Sending you hugs, my friend. xo.

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    October 26, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Beautiful. period.

    Love and Light will always outshine the darkness and hate.

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    October 26, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Sending all my love & strength to you. You are amazing and your voice will always speak for those who can’t, xoxo
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    Renee Johnson
    October 26, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    We are all holding candles for you, bringing you light. We can’t replace your beautiful sister, but we can offer you a bit of kindness and peace. Hugs friend.
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    October 26, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    You’re the light in many lives, Kim. xo

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    October 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Such a poignant line, **I wanted to tell you how much my life has changed since you left me, how I had to reinvent myself.** You inspire me. You show me what’s possible when it comes to love, family, courage xx
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    Rita @ The Crafty Expat
    October 26, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Halleluiah indeed to these so heartbreaking but absolutely beautiful words. And, it is so true that “mourning doesn’t have a time limit.” So, keep writing about your sister Kim and may God bless you and bless your family always.
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    Hotly Spiced
    October 27, 2014 at 2:56 am

    I’m sure Kay has glimpses into your world and is so proud of how you are moving forward, even without her. You’re doing so well and you’ve done so well. I don’t think there could be a better or stronger sister in the world xx
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    October 27, 2014 at 3:59 am

    Your writing keeps Kay alive in not only your heart but our hearts… Thanks to you we all get a chance to know her & see what a wonderful woman she was…
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    Susan Casey
    October 27, 2014 at 6:15 am

    “I think of you, dear, when the leaves blow, when green transforms into mandarin oranges, when the scent of autumn fills air like fire. I think of you when I smell cinnamon, nutmeg, sage, & cloves. Those were your favorite things to simmer on your stove.”

    These words are simply exquisite. I love the way you honor your sister, her memory and the love you shared. Love you!!
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    Lady E
    October 27, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Oh the pain, the grief, Kim… And the beauty.
    None of them ever end, really. May the Autumn sun spray your life with glitter xo
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    October 27, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Much much Love Kim. Kay shines. You shine. You transformed your pain into something beautiful.
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    October 27, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    So many hugs for you and all you’ve been through, but thank goodness for the power of writing to see us through and also for being able to amplify your message against domestic abuse.
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    October 27, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    You are keeping Kay alive through your words…and helping other victims as well. You are a wonderful sister, a wonderful friend, a wonderful advocate. xo
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    October 27, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    You help keep Kay’s voice and heart alive – they live in you. xoxo
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    October 28, 2014 at 4:32 am

    So so beautiful, Kim. How wonderful that light has come back into your life, in spite of everything. xxxxxxx sending lots of love your way. xxxxx
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    October 28, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I am always inspired by the way you bare your soul, thank you.
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    October 28, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    You know, Kim, even though you lost your sister, she will forever be in your heart. A lot of people can’t say that. A lot of people are estranged from their living sisters. Don’t you find that incredibly SAD?? I imagine you’ve had a lot of help turning that well of darkness into hope — the rest of your family, of course, your dear husband, God above. Remember, we never walk alone — your story is proof that there’s light at the end of every tunnel. Hugs to you from Illinois and my prayers are always lifted for you and yours!
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    Kristi Campbell
    October 28, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    You are doing so many beautiful things with your words. Keeping Kay here, letting us in, and I absolutely know that there are women out there who have found you and survived because you share your painful story. Sending so much hugs and love to you. xxoo
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    Charlene Ross
    October 28, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    When I write words, it’s like biting into the sweet bread of communion, like sun melting gold glitter on skin, like a million voices singing, “H a l l e l u i h.”

    Halleluih indeed! Never stop writing your words, Kim. Never.

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    October 29, 2014 at 2:20 am

    My favourite paragraph from this post Kim: “Because mourning doesn’t have a time limit. Because grief is born into the world, but doesn’t expire until we do. Because tequila doesn’t numb the pain. Because suicide hurts just as much as murder.” You express your grief so eloquently that makes it understandable and palpable for everyone else. xxx
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    October 30, 2014 at 1:10 am

    So touching, heart-breaking and beautiful!
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    Annette Molitor
    October 30, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    And he can stop her voice no more. She soars through fluffy clouds because she can. No-one can stop her. She’ll fly as high as she wants, and as often as she wants to. Because demons cannot rip her feathers. She is the tiny bird that perches on the end of your pen when you write. It whispers in your ear what she knows you need to hear. It sings you to sleep each night with a sweet lullaby. She cannot be caged because prisons are forbidden in her paradise. When it is dark and gloomy to us, she only sees cerulean blue and sunlight. She looks forward to the day when you can join her in her paradise.


    Little Chickie
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      My Inner Chick
      October 30, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      ******She is the tiny bird that perches on the end of your pen****
      —quite honesty,
      one of the most beautiful, stunning comment I’ve ever read. thank you, darling. xxxxx
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    Debbie Reilly
    November 2, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I love you!

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    Gary Sidley
    November 3, 2014 at 9:26 am

    It is inspiring to hear that you’ve survived and can function. I wish you strength for the future.

    I hope the title of my last post doesn’t cause any offence.
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    Anna @ shenANNAgans
    November 19, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Lots of love & hugs to you across the oceans. You are one heck of an awesome lady, love that you beat the drum loud and clear for those that cannot. You ROCK! xoxo
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