To all the wonderful Head Full of Flowers readers,
This is Lizzie’s family. Firstly, we are sorry that this has taken so long to do.
It is with an unimaginably heavy heart that we have to tell you all that beautiful Lizzie passed away on Thursday October 23rd 2014 following an asthma attack a few days earlier.
Head Full of Flowers had become a huge part of Lizzie’s life; she loved to share the things that mattered to her. We are so proud of everything she wrote, from her wonderful makeup tutorials (especially the DIY makeup recipes!), to her anecdotal, hilarious blogs (particularly when her beloved Barnaby was involved!) and perhaps most especially, of the extraordinarily mature and thoughtful pieces she wrote about the causes and charities that meant something to her.
As a family we feel that it is right to address two issues regarding Lizzie’s passing in the hope that we can honour our most favourite of people.
Firstly, please don’t underestimate asthma. It is not only asthma; it is a chronic, life-threatening illness.
We would have done anything to make sure that she could have stayed with us but tragically we had no options available to change what happened. However, Lizzie - though not on the organ donor register - had made it clear that this was something she believed was important, and would do. As a result we were without doubt that we should agree to Lizzie’s viable organs being used for transplantation.
We understand completely that this is a highly emotional and subjective issue and are not about to make judgments on anyone for their choices; we know how it feels to be sat there with the question over you before you’ve even had a chance for the loss to sink in.
In everything we went through, this is the only thing whereby we did have the power to change something and for us it would have been a complete disservice to who our Liz was as a person to not permit her to give such precious gifts. For her, life was about being good to other people. Always.
Knowing that Lizzie was able to save the number of lives that she did is an extraordinary comfort. Other people are still with their loved ones because of Lizzie’s selflessness and bravery.
If this is something you have thought about before but never got around to doing (just like Lizzie!), you can register on the Donor Register here.
Lizzie was a remarkable human being. Kind, gentle, forgiving, and full of goodness. She loved life, despite the things that it threw at her. Without her there is a devastating loneliness in all of our lives, and we suspect that there may be a small one in some of yours too. We know how much Lizzie loved all of her readers for popping by to see what she was up to, crusading for, or learning about.
Whether you knew her in the real world, the cyber world, or somewhere in between, just remember – every now and again – to stop, watch the world go by, and enjoy a few moments with your head full of flowers.
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