Greetings to the readers of Christine’s blog. I am Jenifer Lake, one of Christine’s closest friends. I am writing this post to explain Christine’s silence of late, and her absence at recent teaching events in Los Angeles and New York.
This is a terribly hard and sad post to write. Some of you might be aware of Christine’s horrible news, and some of you might not. Mike, Christine’s partner and love of her life of nearly a decade, died unexpectedly last Monday, of a heart attack. She is in total shock and is grieving with close friends and family.
Being a consummate professional, Christine was concerned how her absence at Camp Workroom Social and her delay in replying to emails would look to the outside world. But right now she is trying to just get through the day each day, while sorting with all the end-of-life details, and working through the emotional toil of this shock. I know that all of you will understand that she is doing the best she can to keep business things moving forward, but in-person obligations are virtually impossible for her right now. Patterns are still shipping in a timely manner, but emails might take longer, and your patience at this time is greatly appreciated.
If you have ever lost the love of your life, you might understand that the daily struggle of eating, sleeping, and general personal care is a challenge for her right now. A few of her friends have been cobbling together some ideas on how best to support her during this terrible time, and knowing that many of her students, customers, and shop owners have become friends, I thought I’d share that with you too. If you want to contribute to her in a monetary way, to assist her with pre-made meals, personal care, or expenses tied into this tragedy, you can do so by sending money as a “friend or family” via paypal to her personal email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note the double “e” between her first and last names) This same email can be used to gift her other things too, like meal service gift cards, or anything else you think would help keep her sane, healthy, or entertained. No pressure to do any of this, but I wanted to give people the option to give in this way should you be looking to do so.
To send anything to her directly, like cards or flowers, please contact me at email@example.com and I can email you her physical address. I’d prefer not to announce that here, but I’m happy to pass it along to anyone that wants to comfort her during this difficult time.
Please feel free to pass this news on to anyone you feel needs to know, and apologies if you are close and did not hear this from her directly. Christine is exhausted from the telling of this terrible news, and is grateful for all the outpouring of love she has received thus far from those already in the know.
I’m so sad to bare this news. We miss Mike terribly, and Christine is devastated, so please send good thoughts her way as she navigates through this.