Goodbye from Vancouver writer blogger Derek Miller

“Here it is. I’m dead, and this is my last post to my blog. In advance, I asked that once my body finally shut down from the punishments of my cancer, then my family and friends publish this prepared message I wrote – the first part of the process of turning this from an active website to an archive.

If you knew me at all in real life, you probably heard the news already from another source, but however you found out, consider this a confirmation: I was born on June 30, 1969 in Vancouver, Canada, and I died in Burnaby on May 3, 2011, age 41, of complications from stage 4 metastatic colorectal cancer. We all knew this was coming.

That includes my family and friends, and my parents Hilkka and Juergen Karl. My daughters Lauren, age 11, and Marina, who’s 13, have known as much as we could tell them since I first found I had cancer. It’s become part of their lives, alas…”

from Derek Miller’s The last post

Thank you Derek – for the example of your courage, your dignity and the smiles right until the end. And somehow, if you’re reading this, I think you’re smiling still.


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11 responses to “Goodbye from Vancouver writer blogger Derek Miller

  1. rasta man

    Sad story in more ways than one..Really a pity that Derek had no hope and obviously no faith.

  2. CanuckBajan

    Dear Rasta Man
    I feel sorry for you. If you re-read (or actually read in full) Derek Miller’s blog you will see that he had incredible hope and faith – in life, in love, in humanity, in the beauty of our natural world, in people’s imagination & abilities! His hope & faith were boundless and will thankfully live on through his wife and his children and everyone who was touched by his life. We should all be so lucky as to have his hope & faith – perhaps we do, we just need to see it.

  3. rasta man

    Please do not feel sorry for me. Maybe it is you who did not read or maybe did not understand. Derek said and I qoute”I haven’t gone anywhere because I do not exist anymore.Once I died it was over”
    To me that does not indicate any faith or hope in the Ressurection when all believers will rise to glory in the Lord Jesus Christ.This is the important issue not faith and hope in life,humanity,nature and peoples imaginations

  4. CanuckBajan

    To each his/her own Rasta Man… I, like Derek and millions of others see our lives here and now as our true lives and live them to the fullest knowing that it is its own reward. Carpe Diem!

  5. rasta man

    @canuke bajan :Then I feel sorry for you.

  6. Bajan Abroad

    @ rasta man

    To judge a man this harshly so recently after his death, whether you shared his beliefs or not, is just in bad taste. Are you only capable of extending compassion to fellow Christians and not human beings in general? If so, I agree with CanuckBajan, and feel very sorry for you.

  7. Bajan Abroad

    @ rasta man

    I think it was Bob Marley who said:

    “Most people think,
    Great god will come from the skies,
    Take away everything
    And make everybody feel high.
    But if you know what life is worth,
    You will look for yours on earth …”

  8. Mark L. Fenty Sr.

    Rasta man, I find your comment a little insensitive given the nature of the discourse here. Even though I believe that you are objective in articulating your point, the nature of your comment was not done under the consent of reason.

    It is important however, that we understand that we all see the truth from different angles of vision. And for this simple reason, I believe that God has imparted to every mortal soul; the concept of freewill so that one can unilaterally choose between the two extremes.

    I should also point out that what you have also failed to realize is the fact; that there are those individuals who care nothing about life after death. And for one to arbitrarily asserted that Mr. Derek words don’t signal faith or hope does not follow the dictate of reason.

  9. rasta man

    @mark l.fenty.You know what I agree with you.There are a lot of individuals who care nothing about life after death. That is what is so sad about the situation.

  10. martin

    I love reading the rantings of xtians – it remindsme of the fantasy world of Lord of the Rings or Star Trek. Always amusing. Derek had it right. Nothing in the xtian writings ANYWHERE proves it. If it were so important, I’d think the big J would come back to remind us – but he hasn’t.
    What’s scary is rasta man and others like him walk among us. Why worry about life after death rasta – there’s enough to worry about just during life! I guess the delusions somehow provide comfort to those not as strong as the rest of us.

  11. rasta man

    So glad that you are strong ,Martin. My strength cometh from the Lord