My Love and Best Friend

Bradley Meier    1961-2014

Brad Meier


When I started my blog, I decided to keep it only about my business activities and events related to the art, craft, and quilt industries that I work in.  With this post I have decided to tell those of you that don’t know, something very personal.  My husband of 33 years Brad Meier,  suddenly passed away from an aortic aneurism on October 11, 2014.  Some of you that read this might  recognize Brad’s  photo from CHA and retreats where we attended and where I taught.  He got to meet  so many of my creative friends.  He would accompany me on most of my trips, helping me, both of us seeing the US one retreat or trade show, and city at a time.  He loved to travel.  The above photo was taken on Santa Monica pier in CA last January after CHA.  We always would stay  couple days after the show to enjoy the sun and warm weather of Callie.  We both loved the ocean and the beach.   I was so blessed to have him in my life.  He was not only my love, and my best friend, he was also my biggest supporter of my work.  He was funny (had a very dry sense of humor), smart, caring, helpful,  and kept me grounded when I needed it.   I am writing this post for many reasons.  One being,  I know I am not alone in losing someone that is missed was very loved, and maybe taken suddenly away.  Those of you that would like to post a memory of your loved one, I would consider it an honor.   I hope to continue to create, teach, write, and design, and I know my Brad will be with me all the way.

Thank all of you  that have sent well wishes and kind words of support.  I appreciate it so much.

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  1. Jean Bullock says:

    Oh, Rebekah, I am so sorry for your loss. I don’t know what to say. Big cyber-hug.

  2. Rebekah, I am new to your tribe as I have poured over your books the past couple of months in awe. Your books led me to your site, where I then subscribed to your posts. I am so sad that my first post from you was this one. I am so sorry for your loss. Brad sounds amazing and I can only imagine how you must feel. Thank you for sharing with us. I will be lifting you to who peace beyond any understanding comes from. Hugs, I hope you are getting plenty of them. Noelle

  3. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

    > Happy Quilting! > Carol Best > Simply the Best Quilting, Rochester, MN > Gammill/Statler, Art and Stitch Certified Teacher >


  4. Your dear husband was taken far too soon. My heart is with you.

  5. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  6. April Lopez says:

    I am so very very sorry for your loss. My dad passed away Monday the 13th from cancer. I was his caregiver for 4 years so I am trying to find my purpose and grieve at the same time. Loss is hard. I’m trying to remember all our good times. I am sorry you have to go through this and no you are not alone even though you probably feel that way. My heart is broken and my heart hurts for you also. Time never heals us completly but we learn to live in spite of it. Take care of yourself.

    • April,
      I am so sorry for your loss. Reading your post mimics what I feel every day. I started writing in a journal (which until now, had never had done) and find it very helpful to document our memories. You take care of yourself too. I love your quote “Time never heals us completly but we learn to live in spite of it.”


  7. Oh, my. Big, big hugs.

  8. Ruth krening says:

    I took a class from you at art and soul in portland. Of course, I loved the class but, I also remember what a great helper you had. I remember you in my prayers and I am confident you will come through this horrific loss. I lost my best friend and my mother very close together. The numbness helped me keep going and then the support of family and friends……many of your art friends are thinking of you and keeping you in their thoughts and prayers…..stay strong.

  9. What a beautifully written tribute! I can’t begin to imagine what you’re going through. Just know that I’m thinking of you and sending many hugs.

  10. Pokey Bolton says:

    Rebekah, I am so, so very sorry for your sudden and abrupt loss. He sounds like he was a wonderful man and partner. My deepest condolences to you. Big hugs, and hope to see you soon, Pokey

  11. I am very sorry, Rebekah, and I have been thinking about you so much. My mom died suddenly about four years ago, and it has been incredibly hard. Hold tight to your good memories, allow yourself to grieve, and know that the pain will get easier to bear with time. Be kind to yourself. Sending you all my love.

  12. I just love that picture of Brad. He always had an easy smile, which he gave away freely – to anyone. I love that he’d call you Becky, and he’d just glow when he talked about you and your work. He was a good one, that Brad.
    I only knew him a teensy bit and I will miss him. I can’t even imagine the loss you must feel.
    Thanks for sharing that picture, it made me smile.
    Sending giant hugs to you and your boys.

  13. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for comfort, strength and courage.

  14. Elisa Wellman says:

    Dear Rebeka, So sorry for your great loss. How does the world continue on and not stop to hear your cries for your beloved Brad? This quote helped me in my grief when my husband passed. May it help you as it did me…
    ‘Time is a friend, a healer, a maker of dreams & every moment it holds in its hands is filled with new beginnings. Our lives are woven by the weavers of time in a pattern we cannot see; but when we cherish time we cherish life for time gives even as it takes.”

  15. Dear Rebekah, There are no words… Your Brad sounds a lot like my Michael. He supported & encouraged me in everything. I wouldn’t be where I am today with my art if it wasn’t for him.I lost Michael 4 years ago. I am still trying to find my way without him. I feel your pain. Sending you much love xxxxx

  16. Oh dear, sweet Rebekah, I am so sorry for your loss and I lift you up today for God’s amazing grace to be poured out over you in this time. I pray you will find a sense of peace as you go through this step in the next journey of your life and allow God to cover you with His love! Blessings and strength to you today.

  17. Dear Rebekah, please know that I continue to think of you everyday. Many hugs! Sharon

  18. Rebehah, so very sorry for your loss. I hope you can be comforted by memories of great times with your beloved Brad, and that sharing your story brings you peace.

  19. I don’t know you, I just stumbled across your site. I do, however, know what you are going through. Incredible pain, confusion and fear, thankfully buffered by shock but still there. Do what you need to look after yourself! Only you know what is needed and what you need will change during the first couple of years.
    I’m just starting year 4 without the love of my life. Life is different, not better, not worse, just different.

    • Thank you Lorraine, it is indeed an up and down roller coaster of emotions. Pain, confusion, fear, missing him so much it physically hurts. I am so glad you reached out to me. It helps.

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