Monday, 31 January 2011


Beth has posted a very good entry on the subject of grief. Bearing in mind the subject matter of this blog, I think it appropriate to relay the link here - we can all recognise this.

Just Plain Bill - update

I have received this email from Bill Jr (justplainbill's son), which I copy below. He is offering to send me a memorial card, which (upon receipt) I shall scan and post in the group, as well as on the Call for Support blog.

Dear Guido,

Many apologies for not writing earlier. Candidly, my family and I are having a devil of a time coming to terms with this loss. My Dad was one of the planet's most spectacular people. He was a terrific husband, an unbelievable father, and an amazing grandfather. We all feel his loss so profoundly and we are still numb, going just from day to day. But having spoken to my father many times about his internet friends, I can assure you how treasured you were to him and how much he enjoyed your company and spending "cyber-time" with you.

Please send me a mailing address when you can, and I will send you off a memorial card.

Thank you so much for sharing your and your web-mates' comments about my Dad. I will be sure to pass them along to my Mother.

Please keep him in your prayers.


Bill Janssen

Angie Has Passed Away

Very sad news this morning. Angie from "Can You Hear Me At the Back" has passed away. She had jusst celebrated her 60th Birthday. This is the third blogger lost to us in such a short space of time. I shall be adding her to Silent Keyboards - J-Land Angels. May she rest in peace.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Angie / Can you all hear me at the back?

Lynda has told me that Angie has passed away at the age of 60. Marie has posted a tribute to Angie on her blog. Please leave a message on Angie's blog, but feel free to comment on Marie's as well, as Angie was a good friend of hers.

I am profoundly saddened to hear of yet another J-land loss.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Lori / Loris Letterbox

Alberta Lori has emailed to say she is still around, although it was a close call. She is due to get a reduced amount of chemotherapy on Thursday 27th January. Lori would like to thank all who have been in touch, and for everyone's good wishes for her and the family.

I am not relaying a link to the journal, but have passed a link to this post to Lori.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Daria / Living with cancer

I deeply regret to announce the death of cancer sufferer Daria Maluta, who lived in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She died in the early hours of Saturday 22 January. Please call round; I shall cross-post on Facebook. I am endebted to Andy for raising the alert on his blog.

Just Plain Bill

I deeply regret to announce that "Justplainbill", Bill Janssen, passed away on 28 November 2010. I copy the message:

This is Bill's son, with a sad message. My Dad passed away after a sudden illness on Nov 28. He loved his email friends. Thanks for being such a good friend to him. If you need to reach me, my email is:
wjanssen [at]
Bill Jr.

Bill Senior's blog remains on