We have been friends since we were 16. She was always my palagi sister from another mister. But in my eyes, she was my light skinned Samoan sister. 💞 She was gorgeous, hilarious, humble, loving and truly an amazing example of forgiveness. Even with her being in Idaho, and I, in Cali...our friendship remained strong. There would be times when I would message her, so angry and hurt about something someone did to me, and she would always come back with honesty, love, without any kind of judgment. When I tried to take my own life this past October, she was there for me. She held on tight to me as I tried to let go. I would not have been able to get through my darkness if it weren’t for her love and friendship.
This morning, I woke up to the news of her passing and my heart breaks. For David, for her precious children, for her family. My tears have come, for the loss of a tremendous woman. The selfish part of me misses her, but I rejoice in knowing I will see her again. The grace in Shannon’s passing for me, is knowing the reunion with her beloved father on the other side of the veil, is undoubtedly a joyous one. I know how much she missed him. So to a woman that has been such a blessing in my life, Shannon, in your adopted culture’s words “Manuia lava lou malaga”, may your journey home be a blessed one. Til we meet again sis, please hug my mom and my niece Lo for me. And as you watch over us, I hope you’ll see that you left me a stronger woman, and I am finally loving myself like we’ve always talked about. I love you, eternally. 💛 #familiesareforever #iloveyou #iammysisterskeeper #lds #eternalbonds #rip #tilwemeetagain #theplanofsalvation #manuialoumalaga