My health has been going downhill for a while, mostly due to age, but I have asked my computer-savvy daughter to use my computer to post my farewell to this group (and told her how to do it) when my time comes.
I haven't written out everything I want to say, but I've been with this community for a long time, and feel pretty close to several members in particular.
Maybe those of us who are getting along in years or in less than optimum health could leave written "goodbyes" and have a trusted friend or relative post them here, so the rest of the community won't have to wonder. . .
It wouldn't matter, if we weren't the kind of community that CARES. What do you guys think??
I would be touched to think that you or others thought enough of this community to let us know. It would let us know that we mattered. It is nice to have closure about the people we knew - even briefly - from this little corner of their lives.
There are so few people in the world who understand the Mormon culture and the quest that follows from leaving it. It's not a big part of my outside life that I would share with others. This is the one place where I have that in common with many here. It's nice to know others have had similar experiences.
The same dynamic exists at most active forum sites: people vanish at times. Sometimes they come back. Sometimes they don't. Sometimes you find out why. Sometimes you don't.
I don't mean to minimize it at all. I was actually moved to tears after discovering that a poster at another site had passed away. Funny, someone I'd never met in person, but felt like I knew very well from his online presence. I looked forward to his posts, enjoyed his perspective and sense of humor, and I miss him still.