Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Sweet Little Madelief Remembered

Tamara’s friends Marieke & Richard came to her with a very special request: would she make a remembrance garland for their beautiful little daughter Madelief? Madelief was only physically with her parents and sister for a day, a short but very intensely lived and loved life. Marieke & Richard described the intimacy shared with Madelief this way: ‘So much love in one day, that is what happiness is, that is what it means to live...’
The star garland, partially made of the birth announcement cards, now adorns a highly personalized little altar where a candle is kept burning for Madelief.
Madelief is such an appropriate name too: a madelief is a daisy. The poet Chaucer called this perfect little flower the ‘eye of the day’. Indeed, its yellow centre resembles the sun, an eye looking up at the heavens. On top of that lief in Dutch means sweet, lovely.
We hesitated to write this article, but Marieke assured us she is comfortable with this. They want their perfect little girl to be remembered as much as possible. Marieke, Richard and Fien, you’re so brave! Lots of love to you. May Madelief continue to keep an eye on you from the heavens.

52 comments:

  1. Thank you for daring to write this piece. Beautiful and poignant.

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  2. What a beautiful remembrance, a garland from cards into stars...kisses for little Madelief, so loved..

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  3. A beautiful reply from 'Mamadelief Marieke' herself:

    'Wow! What a beautiful blog especially for my little Madelief, my lovely daughter.
    Your star garland shines spectacular in the candlelight and thanks to your article Madelief will live in even more hearts all over the world.
    Thank you for this very special way of remembering my little girl.'
    Mamadelief

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  4. :(((( wat een mooie herinnering. Sterkte gewenst aan de ouders.

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  5. Madelief has the sweetes little face. What a pretty girl! So tiny and yet so wise in her eyes.

    The garland suits this very well. May Madelief bring love into the world from where she is now.

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  6. What a sweet angel and what a beautiful remembrance.

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  7. wat mooi!! krijg er gewoon kippevel van. Veel sterkte voor Madeliefs ouders en familie.

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  8. Heartbreaking and beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Hola! Realment ha estat molt exitant trobar paraules en català de dues germanes holandeses al meu blog...:) la vida està plena de sorpreses.
    Jo sóc russa i visc a Mallorca :)...Gràcies per tot! Tenim massa coses en comú. Us segeixo. Una abraçada molt forta a les dues!

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  12. pleasure to find such a good artical! please keep update!! ........................................

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  13. i am so emotional and touched reading this. I can feel the heartbreak, and yet the immense love shared here.

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  14. 一個人的價值,應該看他貢獻了什麼,而不是他取得了什麼....................................................................

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  15. So sad, but so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. 這個時代,不缺乏感傷,但缺乏反思~~希望能多看到值得思考的文章!............................................................

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  17. 教育的目的,不在應該思考什麼,而是教吾人怎樣思考............................................................

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  18. You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person...................................................................

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  19. What a lovely and touching tribute. It's so hard losing a little one; I still tear up remembering my newborn niece.
    Thanks for your visit to my blog.

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  20. 一個人的際遇在第一次總是最深刻的,有時候甚至會讓人的心變成永遠的絕緣。......................................................................

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