Our Briana is gone.

October 27, 2008 | 191 Comments

Briana Brownlow (1976-2008)

Briana died in her sleep holding her beloved Marc’s hand last night at 3.20 a.m. Rest in peace, little sister. We will love you and cherish you forever.

When you illuminate your home today for Diwali please light a little candle for her if you can.

- Bee and Jai

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  1. Lyra says:

    Oh no…I was just thinking about her yesterday. I am glad that she was with loved ones when she went. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and share them with her husband and family. I am so sorry to hear this news.

  2. RedChillies says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are for her family. May her soul rest in peace.

  3. Purnima says:

    Peace be to her wonderful soul.

  4. arundati says:

    Rest in peace Bri…may her family and friends find comfort and strength to cope with this loss.

    I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith.
    2 Tim 4:7

  5. chemcookit says:

    A new life begins after death, I strongly believe this.
    My most heartfelt condolences to Bri’s family. Thanks, Bee and Jai, for letting us know.

  6. Divya says:

    I am so sorry to hear that.May her soul rest in peace.

  7. Lubna Karim says:

    Sorry to hear about Bri. My deep condolence’s to her family. May her soul rest in peace.

  8. bhavani says:

    very sorry to hear this. no words can comfort her husband and family. only time will heal and our prayers that they will all have the courage to move on. may her soul rest in peace.

  9. Dearest Bee, I can only imagine how hurt you must be right now. I hope it gives you some solace to know that your friends are thinking of you and care about you. My heart is with Brianna’s loved ones during this especially difficult time.

  10. revathi says:

    My thoughts with Bri’s family. We just have to find a cure for cancer soon.

  11. mandira says:

    She has been in my thoughts so often. I am so sorry to hear the news. Our thoughts are with Bri’s family!

  12. This is such a sad news. She will be in our prayers.

  13. Priya says:

    Really sorry to hear the news..our thoughts n prayers r with her family..

  14. cookiecrumb says:

    Unbelievable. I am so very sorry.

  15. Victoria says:

    Hi. This is Marc’s aunt. All these sweet comments make me weepy. I have to say that, despite how unfair Bri’s devastating illness and death has been, her passing has been made so much gentler by all the loving people surrounding her.

  16. [...] would like to dedicate this recipe to Cher and to another wonderful food blogger Bri with Figs who passed away only 3 days ago of breast cancer at the age of 31. Rest in peace, dear [...]

  17. noobcook says:

    I’m so sorry to hear the news … my condolences to Bri’s family and her loved ones. Rest in peace, Bri… your courage is an inspiration to all.

  18. Deepika says:

    She fought so hard and so bravely! May she finally be in peace. She is in our prayers.

  19. RM says:

    Heartfelt condolences to her family and you both too. You must be glad you got the chance to meet her earlier this year. Her strength is inspiring.

  20. Anuradha says:

    My heartfelt condolences to Bri’s family and everyone who knew her. She’s been an inspiration to all and what you at Jugalbandi did for her was just as uplifting.

  21. Sunshinemom says:

    I only wish we had a cure for cancer! May her soul rest in peace. My condolences to the bereaved family and friends.

  22. Deeba says:

    May she rest in peace, the brave fighter that she was.

  23. Rupa says:

    It so sad and hurting.She was a fighter. May her soul rest in peace.

  24. Cynthe Brush says:

    Bee & Jai (if you’re back from your travels),

    Interesting, Bri should exit on the last day of the lunar cycle at Diwali time…so this new phase of Marc’s & our family’s lives begins appropriately with the new moon. She was always tuned to the moon. I’m sure there’s some sort of astrological significance to the timing…

    Today, Marc added his own tribute to his beloved Bri on her site: http://www.FigsWithBri.com We hope to post new recipes, comments on life and food from time-to-time. Bri had some ideas this past month, but not energy enough to dictate a post. I plan to follow through on those ideas.

    Also am planning to add a tribute to sweet Brizy on my essential oils site about the incredibly tender, intimate, seva (selfless volunteer work) of care-taking a critically ill family member.

    And to share some things we learned from Bri about her end-of-life crossing. Because she was SO communicative even to the end, she shared some profound insights in tiny snippets of conversation about what’s waiting on the other side.

    We did a family home farewell, common in many countries, but unusual here in the States. Marc adorned Bri in her favorite dress with some precious photos including the one of them in his post. Our families really appreciated coming to say “good-bye” and Marc found it was helpful to have her form here for a day to process his own loss.

    Tuesday, before Bri was cremated, family & friends added items symbolizing her life to the cremation casket:
    ~ Farmers market fruits – a persimmon, asian pear, Meyers lemon, and FIGS of course! And roots – carrots & garlic.
    - She LOVED the ocean, so we added a shell her mother collected, ocean washed pebbles, northern California kelp & seaweeds.
    - and many other things, I’ll write about in my tribute.

    It was a fitting farewell to a woman who LOVED life, savoring every moment as she was able, to the end…with gratitude.

    We will be doing a memorial in the next month open to all who may wish to join us in celebrating Briana’s life. Will send the details once they’re firmed up.

  25. Kunjootan says:

    Sorry to hear the news.
    Rest in peace Bri.

  26. mallugirl says:

    She was so brave in her fight and I didn’t expect this loss! I always hear cancer consumes faster than fire but still there was so much hope that I’m so shocked to hear this. My thoughts are with her family as they face this tremendous loss.

  27. sowmya says:

    Sorry to hear about bri.. May her soul rest in peace..

  28. maninas says:

    dear jai and bee, marc & cynte,

    i am deeply sorry for your loss. and lost for words in the face of it.

    my thoughts are with you.

  29. yasmeen says:

    May her soul rest in peace.

  30. Reynila says:

    I am so very sorry about your tragic loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

  31. Madhuram says:

    That’s a terrible news Bee. Recently in an Al Pacino movie, I came across this dialogue. Time does not heal any wound, but it mercifully blunts the edges. Hope Bri’s family and friends find strength somehow to overcome this loss.

  32. Sheetal says:

    I am so very sorry, my deepest condolences.

  33. Nirmala says:

    I can’t believe this. Why should she die?

  34. sandy says:

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers, Bri.

  35. DK says:

    This was such an heart rending news…The only consolation to all of us probably was that Bri knew the love that was showered upon her endlessly by so many. She was happy though she leaves so many sad and devastated! But at the end what matters is – she must have been so happy and contented and on that strength probably she exited this word in her sleep….

    my prayers to the family.

  36. Smita says:

    I am so sorry. Sincere condolences.

  37. Elizabeth says:

    Dear Bri. When a lovely soul like hers leaves us and moves on I can’t help but think of a bird bursting free of its cage, winging its way into space, free of its earthly limitations. I will keep her in my prayers.

  38. Paz says:

    May she rest in peace.


  39. I know that after the long fight Bri will rest in peace.

  40. Diana says:

    I’ve thought of her often and checked her website for updates. I want this to not be true. It’s too harsh, too unfair. I was hoping that JUST ONCE, someone would beat this terrible disease.

  41. Abirami says:

    Im really suprised and sorry to hear this.Bri was so so strong and cheerful.Though Bri dint now me,because its just today,10.12.08 i knew that there was a person,called Bri who suffered with cancer just like m sister.I hope my sster gets well too…

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