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A Tribute of Friendship in the Death of a Loved One

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“Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.” (Proverbs 18:24, Message)

True friendship is a gift to be cherished and appreciated while it is present with us because tomorrow is not promised and “to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). God created us to be in relationship with others and ourselves in love. When we are favored to encounter a person of light, joy, and love who befriends us and shares their life openly and generously, it is cause for celebration, hope and thanksgiving.

God blessed me with such a treasured friendship in the body, mind and spirit of Jossie Fung, who I had the pleasure of knowing for five and one half years until He called her home on December 3, 2010 after a long bout with breast cancer. In spite of challenges, she was a Christ-like reflection overflowing in the fruits of the spirit onto all who came in contact with her. Our friendship compelled me to rise up to a high standard of love and strive to be a better friend as I struggled with how to cope with the reality of her condition.

In love and remembrance, I share a glimpse of her radiant light and our friendship through the following tribute expressed in an acronym and video photo slide.


A Legacy of Light

A JOSSIE Acronym of Love

J – Joyful and Jubilant

Jossie’s joy and smile was always evident such that you would never know that she was having any physical or emotional challenges in her life.

O – Open heart and Open home

Jossie was one of the first people I met at Crossroads Tabernacle church when I moved to the area. She embraced me with love and always invited me to her home and events.

S – Servant of excellence

Jossie served others with joy, love and excellence. She loved to cook and would make it a beautiful experience of fellowship and fine cuisine, presenting each dish like a gourmet meal in a first class restaurant.

S – Sister-friend personified

Jossie was my favorite most loving and generous friend. We were like teenage best friends forever whenever we were together; a divine connection of joy and comfort; faithful family.

I – Image of God

Jossie was an extension of God’s love towards me and others. I saw God in her inspiring presence.

E – Eternal Spirit

Friends Forever

Jossie is forever with me. As a spiritual being having a human experience, her earthly journey has ended but I continue to entertain her spirit this side of heaven and will see her again on the other side through the unconditional love, forgiveness, and redemptive blood of Jesus Christ. For this I am abundantly grateful. This knowledge helps me cope with the loss of her physical presence.

Be blessed,

Jo Anne Meekins


Jo Anne Meekins (author) from Queens, NY on April 24, 2013:

Thank you and God bless you Mildred. We were blessed to have such a beautiful person in our lives. Jossie was a most precious gift of friendship and love. Thank you for sharing in this space. You help keep her memory alive and well in our hearts and the Universe.

Mildred R. Mendez on April 22, 2013:

Your tribute is beautiful! Jossie was my best friend for a long time until my move to CT separated us. I learned of her passing just recently. I am so heartbroken she is gone but do know that she is in a better place. May GOD shine his light upon her and give her eternal peace. I have great memories with Jossie celebrating my birthday, our Wednesdays at Willie's Cafe in the Bronx and vacationing in the Poconos. I will forever miss her!

Jo Anne Meekins (author) from Queens, NY on January 28, 2013:

Amen Renee!

I remember that book (I gifted it to her) and the bible study meeting at your workplace that she told me about. I think of Jossie often and see her in different people that I cross paths with on the street. Her spirit is alive amd well and I am grateful for the privilege of knowing her and being friends. She was and is a beautiful spirit, who lived a Christ-like life on the planet, blessing all who knew her. I love you Jossie, my always and forever favorite most joyful Sister-Friend.

Thanks for sharing Renee.

Renee on January 27, 2013:

Jossie just ran across my mind here at work. I was reading 1 Corinthians where it mentions the mind of Christ, and it hurled my memories back to meeting with her and co-workers every week in the cafeteria for Bible study using a guide called "The Mind of Christ" :-) She was an exceptional human being and a true ambassador for Jesus Christ. Every time I saw her, she was smiling and glowing with the love of God. May her soul rest in everlasting peace until we meet again.

Jo Anne Meekins (author) from Queens, NY on July 06, 2012:

My day is mo' better blessed thanks to your always lovely comments! :-) I count it a privilege to be your sister in Christ and thank God for sending you into my hub experience. Big hugs to you today beloved.

oceansider on July 06, 2012:

Thank you sister, and I hope you have a blessed day! As they used to say way back ...."Go with God"!......take care & I will check out more of your writing!

Jo Anne Meekins (author) from Queens, NY on July 06, 2012:

Amen! My spiritual family has been more supportive and loving than my biological one. I am grateful for all of the amazing people that God has brought into my life and especially for the lovely, joyfilled Jossie! My life was transformed by her radiant godly presence when I needed it the most.

Thank you Oceansider! for stirring up her presence in my spirit today. I honor you both. Be blessed.

oceansider on July 06, 2012:

Dear Inspired 4 U,

First I have to say how sorry I am that you have lost a sister who was so close to you in the Lord! I know it hurts!.....I just read your article in tribute to your dear friend and sister, and I love it, it was so beautifully touching and inspirational too! The photo slides are wonderful, how lovely!!....You were so blessed to have such a sister in Christ Jesus, and as you said, you'll see here when you go home to be with our Lord....I am thankful for the sisters and brothers I have in Christ, while I am here on earth, because they bring the Love of Christ and His Joy with them when I am around them!

Jo Anne Meekins (author) from Queens, NY on January 22, 2011:

Amen! You're welcome Abdi and thank you for taking the time to read and comment on it. Be blessed.

Abdinasir Aden from Minneapolis, MN on January 22, 2011:

This story inspired me and it is really touching story. You are probably like very strong wall that is supporting the friendship between you and Jossie besides that good attributes that she has. Let me tell you this, the one who doesn't thank people, never thanks God. Thanks for sharing with this story about friendship.


Jo Anne Meekins (author) from Queens, NY on January 19, 2011:

Thank you Madeline! Being Jossie's friend was a joy and a pleasure. Her legacy lives on in and through all of us. I love you too little sister. Continued blessings, favor and the comfort, grace & love of God. OXOXOX.

MADELINE GUERRERO-ORTIZ on January 19, 2011:

Thank you Joanne for YOUR friendship to my sister, she loved you dearly. Jossie, has left me legacy of love, immense faith,understanding, great morals, infinite support and I could go on. She was a great big sister and loyal friend. I have her lessons and wisdom imbedded in me, gratefully. God continue to bless you, Joanne. xoxo

Jo Anne Meekins (author) from Queens, NY on January 17, 2011:

Thanks everyone! @Dave- Yes, I remember, but am grateful for an individualized expression of the friendship in the flesh of those placed in my life. I am a touchy, feely, hugging type personality and require physical presence at times. @Fastfreta- Yes, they are like my family too and we have encouraged and supported each other through her transition. @Lisa- Amen. Thank you God.

Lisa Gibbs on January 17, 2011:

True friendship never dies but lives on in our hearts forever. This is a beautiful tribute to your friend.

Alfreta Sailor from Southern California on January 17, 2011:

Very inspiring, Inspired 4 U. What a wonderful friend you are, I'm sure her family appreciates your tribute.

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on January 17, 2011:

A beautiful tribute to a good friend. Remember though your best friends are still God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit.

Jo Anne Meekins (author) from Queens, NY on January 16, 2011:

Thank you! I am humbly grateful for the life experience & the ability to express a token of my love for the gift of friendship.

Ashantina on January 16, 2011:

This is such a beautiful and touching ode in remembrance of someone who made an impact on your life. What a blessing...

Stay Blessed Sis.

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