Why life is so precious – Eva Cassidy (updated)

A lot of people think that life is a game and you can muck about with other people’s lives, just for the fun of it, for money or both.

This is Eva Cassidy, taken when she was 25 .

Cassidy in 1988

Eva had a voice of an angel. She died at the grand old age of just 33. Let me repeat that: THIRTY THREE. Just think on that. A great talent lost at a very early age, just like my Liesel, who was a paediatric occupational therapist

To put in perspective, my daughter is already 22.

This restored footage was filmed on 3rd January 1996,  just 10 months before she left us and 2 1/2 years before my daughter, Verity, even came into this world.

Verity nearly did not come into the world at all; it was touch and go for a while. I do not think that neither Verity nor her mother actually realise how close it was; Verity’s Mum was out of it and in a lot of pain. I, however, knew exactly what was going on and, if it had not been for my intervention and the quick actions of a doctor, Verity would not be here now or would have been severely brain damaged. In fact, no one else, whether in the family or extended family know, apart from me.

Even after all of these years, I still remember what I shouted in the hospital corridor when I realised that the midwife was struggling “If there is not a doctor here in two minutes, I will sue the hospital, because the lives of my wife and baby are both in danger”

That is one of the reasons that I said that life is so precious and should always be cherished.

She was singing this, probably knowing that she had just a few months to live. Just look at the sadness in her eyes.

Eva was a brave woman facing death and so was my Liesel.

That is why Lies chose some of her music for her own funeral in South Africa; I guess that she could empathise or “connect” with Eva. But someone very close to Liesel didn’t want to know about her funeral, not even now.

Those two women had more moral fibre in their finger tips than some have in their ENTIRE bodies.

Here it is; there will not be a dry eye in sight. This is so beautiful. Enjoy


And just look how many views this footage has had; it says it all, doesn’t it?

And if that wonderful song did not break your heart and set you off crying, here is another song, from the same venue at the same time.

I dedicate this song to my soulmate, Liesel, who is looking over all of us and, last but not least, my daughter, Verity, neither of whom I will ever stop loving.

This is self indulgent of me; I cannot finish this post without including this.

Just listen to the lyrics and look how well and happy Eva looks.

and you have never heard “Danny Boy” being sung like this

Published by David Hender (copyright owner- all rights reserved)

If you want to know me, you first need to understand where I have been and where I am going

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