Losing a blogging friend and remembering Bren


Those of you who read my blog know that I do Monochrome Madness along with Bren from BRASHLEY PHOTOGRAPHY, however she hadn’t been posting much. She had made a post that she was battling cancer, and I thought perhaps the reason for her absence was that.

Then Aletta from nowathome let me know yesterday that Bren had died. Apparently, Bren’s son, Steve, announced it on Facebook with these words.

Sadly my kind, caring and beautiful Mum peacefully passed away today.
She has been the rock to our family for so many years and it’s going to be so hard to fill her boots. Words can’t begin to describe what a fantastic Mother, Wife and Grandmother she was. She put everyone before herself, and even in her dying moments, I’m sure she was more concerned about Stewie the dog being left alone while we waited with her at the Hospice.
Mum decided she wanted a direct cremation and will not be having a funeral, as she didn’t want to upset everyone further. I know she would be so grateful to everyone who sent thoughtful messages over the last few weeks.
Thank you for everything Mum and I’ll see you again one day. As you used to say to me as a kid…
“Night night, sleep tight, hope the bed bugs don’t bite”
Love you forever and thanks for everything❤️

I hate hearing this, it is always so sad to lose one of us. I wish her family all the best and know they will be grieving for a wonderful person for some time.

It is with a very heavy heart that I do this post. I never met Bren, and I haven’t really met many of you, but I feel like she was a friend as I do with many of you. It is a teary day today.

When you look at Bren’s blog you can see a lot of flowers, she loved them too. I have put together some of my flowers in memory of her and hope you can do the same.

I took this image from the Facebook post and I hope her family doesn’t mind.

Thank you Bren, we will remember you.

Just quickly, on another note I will be taking the following week off. My mum is visiting and I want to spend time with her.

Give someone you love a hug and tell them you love them.

Lots of comments are coming in, but right now I can’t respond to them, so I hope you don’t mind, but I will just approve them and let them sit.

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  1. When I heard of her passing, tears immediately came to my eyes. I always loved the way she portrayed flowers, showing them in their best light. Thanks for sharing the post from her son.

  2. A beautiful tribute to a woman who truly touched the lives of so many of us through her photography. Thank you for sharing the news. Like you, I was thinking of her with hopes she was battling. A graceful soul. thank you for sharing her sons words.

  3. So sad. I learned of Bren’s illness in a monochrome post. I hoped that her treatments were keeping her from posting and that she would return. Damn cancer. Beautiful tribute Leanne. I of course will join in as well.

  4. Very sorry to hear about your friend, Leanne. I saw the Facebook photos. I am certain the family won’t mind. Wishing you all the best my friend from Down Under.

  5. This is a beautiful flowery tribute to Bren and very appropriate. I am one of no doubt many who was inspired by the photographs she shared on her blog. I’m going to miss her posts a lot. I hope her family know how many bloggers’ lives she touched even while not meeting them.

  6. The best we have to fill the gap left by the loss of friends is the mosaic of memories left in us. It’s something I’ve been experiencing a lot more since I got into my fifties. I’ve been having chats about lost friends more and more often over the last five or so years, with the majority of the losses due to various forms of Cancer.

  7. Thank you for posting the information on Bren’s passing. We had messaged a bit right before her moving to hospice. She was a lovely person I wish her family well.

  8. That’s really sad and upsetting news… I also follow her blog and she has posted a lot of beautiful photographs over the years. Thanks for letting us know about this.

  9. Oh what a shock to read this, Leanne, (via Anne Sandler today). Bren’s photography was impressive and I hopped into her challenges often, as she did into my Sunday Stills challenges. Thank you for sharing the details. I read she had cancer but I didn’t know to what extent. I only saw she hadn’t posted in a while. Always sad to lose a fellow blogger. May she rest in peace and the Lord grant peace to her family.

  10. Sorry to hear you have lost your blogging friend. These friendships we make through blogging can be very precious even if we don’t get the chance to meet in person.

  11. This is indeed very sad. I knew Bren from her blog and participated a few times in her weekly Mid Week Monochrome Challenge. She was kind, sweet and wonderful. Her floral photos were amazingly wonderful. She will be missed.

  12. When you mentioned Bren in your title, I thought it might be her. I had the privilege of working with her when she did a guest host spot for Lens Artists. I will miss her beautiful floral photography and will dedicate my post today in her memory. Thank you for posting this.

  13. I am so sorry to hear of Bren’s passing, Leanne. I have been following her for a long time. Thank you for letting me and others know about her passing. Your flower photography has always amazed me so much, Leanne, you are a master of this! 🥰🙏🏻

  14. My condolences on her passing, to you, her family, and friends. She made some beautiful images (visited her website), and your tribute is a lovely one.

  15. Oh I am so sorry to hear about this. Thank you for your lovely and loving tribute, Leanne. My condolences to all who knew and loved Bren.

  16. Life is beautiful because it is fleeting.

    I’m sorry to hear about your friend.

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