In Memory of Rachael Longridge

$52,061 of $10k goal

Raised by 472 people in 3 months
Glen Dobranski
on behalf of Michael Longridge
 Edmonton, AB
On December 23, 2016 a tragedy struck a family that has experienced so many life challenges, from the long suffering and death of Rachael and Michael's dad due to cancer in December of  2015, to the ongoing mental health condition that their Mom was diagnosed with and tried to manage for the last 18 years. Michael will now have  to bear the sorrow of his sister's death and burial.

Rachael just graduated as a nurse with marks at the top of her class. She spent her last hours on this earth caring for her mother who has suffered from a diagnosed mental health condition namely bipolar.  The last moments of her life  were filled with compassion and care. Her mother's illness was something that she understood and accepted. She was destined to dedicate the rest of her life  as a nurse no matter how difficult the challenges would be. We are reaching out for assistance for her surviving brother who stumbled upon the scene and now will have to bury his only sibling.

Michael will have a long and very tough journey ahead of him. We are asking for assistance to cover funeral costs and to aid in Michaels recovery and get him the support and help he needs in this traumatic time.
 
This effort will be spearheaded by the cousins of Rachael and Michael directly and have their best interests at heart. We are thankful for any support you may be able to provide.

Sincerely,
Glen Dobranski
On behalf of first cousins of Rachael Longridge.
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Update 2
Posted by Glen Dobranski
2 months ago
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"Rachael's prayer service will be held January 3rd at 7:30 pm. Her funeral will be January 4th at 2:00 pm. Both services will be held at St. Theresa's Catholic Parish (7508 29 Avenue). I want to thank everyone for their ongoing support, hospitality, and generosity. I may have been dealt a rough hand in life, but I am extremely grateful for the unbelievable friends and extended family who have stopped at nothing to help me out during this rough time in my life. I do see the all of my messages and i can't thank everyone enough. God bless and happy New Year!" Michael has asked to express this message from Facebook. Michael and family are forever grateful of the support and unconditional Love everyone has shown.
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Update 1
Posted by Glen Dobranski
3 months ago
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We are overwhelmed with your generosity and unbelievable support to reach our goal so quickly! On behalf of Rachael's family, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Any funds above our goal will go towards Michael's ongoing support and recovery as he continues his current post secondary education.
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Dee Dee
2 months ago

Walter Sheluk, this being a horrific tragedy, never comes at a cheap cost, I can only hope you are never faced with such sadden events. Furnerals can run as much as 15-20,000.00, then there are all the " after costs" she probably never had a will, so the settling of the estate, as to what there may be, will be tied upfor months, if not over a year. Any monies the family may have had, is now locked up, as sadly the mother is incarcerated, all this is left on the shoulders of her " young brother", he is left now with such a heavy burden of many incoming financial issues. Death doesn't just make it all stop. any debts are put now on the estate of....and I am sure she had student loans to deal with not to mention other daily debts.Have some deceny & respect. Such a beautiful young life taken in such a unimaginable way. Count your blessing Walter Sheluk, that you are never ever faced with death to any of your family members in such horrid way........May the Angels open their wings for the passing of one of their own.......RIP Racheal.....fly with the Angels

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Walter Sheluk
3 months ago
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" go fund me " really ???? i don't see any valid reason except to collect " free " money

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Debra Wilson
2 months ago
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For those who question why donate for this young man. My child has suffered through a similar experience. At 20. The impacts are huge. Being able to move forward and meet your financial obligations as a young adult are horrific. This man will have issues that he will struggle with. There was no go fund me then, and it was a struggle. For those of you who will be telling him shortly to move on get over it, I want to tell you this, he is not just struggling financially, but he is doing more than grieving as well. He saw his own mother killing his sister. That is huge. Witnessing such a crime is it even close to anything you can even begin to imagine. I was only the mother to a young adult who experienced a similar experience and it has for ever altered my daughters life and mine as well. He will still need support when many close to his sister and family have moved on. Grief is the smallest battle he will have ahead of him. Help if you can please. Be there for the next few years as he struggles. My heart will be thinking of him and his mother for a long time.

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Lyndsay Blais
2 months ago
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Our condolences for your the loss of Rachael...we are so sorry for you loss! Having personally been on the receiving end of experiencing a tragic and unexpected death of my sister last Christmas day I can attest to the heart warming relief of having had so many people generously and unconditionally respond to my plea for help via a go fund me campaign when my mother faced the financial hardship of having to move and deal with funeral expenses when my sister passed away with no life insurance. While I don't know the circumstances, I can pay it forward this year, and I pray that Michael will find peace, healing and comfort - the financial piece is the easy part to deal with, it sounds like he has a long road ahead...we'll be praying for you!

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Samantha Onchulenko
3 months ago
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Thinking of you during this tough time. We will forever cherish our memories we made in Cuba. Sending our love from Winnipeg, love from Sam, Gen and Bethany

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Adriana Dilabio
3 months ago
2
2

You will be an amazing RN in heaven

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Paige Lillian K L'Hirondelle
3 months ago
1
1

I have a few questions... I realize this is for the funeral, but will Michael be able to the rest of this money? I know there is coffin costs, grave sight costs, food for the wake and funeral if that's how you do things. That's all I know so far. But any left over money does that go to Michael? Or do the you (aunts and uncle) keep the money where michael might not see it? Because I know Michael will have to support himself now, if his mother isn't around at the moment. I know he has other family, but Michael will definitely have financial problems now. Please let me know. MSG me on Facebook or the email I provided.

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Kristy Ellsworth
3 months ago
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My deepest condolences to the family! My heart just breaks for you...

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Kim Savard
2 months ago

Dear Michael , our very deepest sympathies at the loss of your sister and we pray for healing for you and your mom. I always remember what a great fan your sister was at your hockey games; and your mom and dad too ! Cherish all the good memories ,keep them close to your heart and think only on the good and best of them. Kim and Sam Savard.

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Sandi Fellows Knowler
2 months ago

Whoever Walter is your a callas turd. Guess your life I'd perfect. Grow up you inconsiderate pig!

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Amanda Annabella
2 months ago

Takes a serious sick pr*ck to say something like that shame on you Walter !! If you don't want to donate then skip along . Clearly they don't need your help or ugly ass comments Rest easy Rachael every time I see or hear Justin Bieber I'll be thinking about you !

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Cheyenne Gilmour
3 months ago

Thinking of you at this time. I will forever remember all the memories we made in Cuba having family dinner, singing Justin briber, disco disco and how you made my love for sangria so big! Miss you and your beautiful soul. Rest in paradise beautiful now your with your reunited with your daddy ❤ I will forever have a place for you and your brother in my heart ❤️

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Todd Chamberlain
1 month ago

So tragic. I just can't imagine... I know a few dollars doesn't replace or repair anything. But maybe, just maybe it can lessen the financial worries and burden for Michael a bit. - Peace & Love ♥

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Jacqueline Frost
2 months ago

my heartfelt condolences to michael ,so sad especially during the holidays , never easy loosing a love one let alone your only sibling ♥

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Pamela Winter
2 months ago

Oh Michael...my heart goes out to all of you. Your mom was so happy when we found her ring. She even brought warm tarts over to us for a thank you. I am devastated that this has happened. I don't know much about mental illness but it's obvious that it was a struggle with your mom. I'm sure she didn't mean to kill your sister. How do YOU get past this? God Bless you!! Pamela

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Gwen Nahorney
3 months ago

Family this journey of life we don't understand. Our faith is knowing we will see our loved one agin

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Daphne Ontario
3 months ago

I'm so so sorry, Michael. I'm glad you have cousins who are looking out for you. My condolences to the entire family.

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$52,061 of $10k goal

Raised by 472 people in 3 months
Created December 25, 2016
Glen Dobranski  
on behalf of Michael Longridge
$200
Anonymous
2 months ago
$50
Anonymous
2 months ago
CM
$200
Craig MacTavish
2 months ago
TF
$300
The Bennett Family
2 months ago(Offline Donation)
$50
Anonymous
2 months ago
KB
$60
Kathleen and Vernon Bayley
2 months ago

Our prayers and thoughts are with you Michael. Kathleen & Vernon Bayley (Jacqueline Warrell's grandparents)

BN
$250
Bob and Lorna Nicholson
2 months ago
WC
$500
william comrie
2 months ago
DC
$150
Dan Cimoroni
2 months ago
DG
$500
Doug Goss
2 months ago
Dee Dee
2 months ago

Walter Sheluk, this being a horrific tragedy, never comes at a cheap cost, I can only hope you are never faced with such sadden events. Furnerals can run as much as 15-20,000.00, then there are all the " after costs" she probably never had a will, so the settling of the estate, as to what there may be, will be tied upfor months, if not over a year. Any monies the family may have had, is now locked up, as sadly the mother is incarcerated, all this is left on the shoulders of her " young brother", he is left now with such a heavy burden of many incoming financial issues. Death doesn't just make it all stop. any debts are put now on the estate of....and I am sure she had student loans to deal with not to mention other daily debts.Have some deceny & respect. Such a beautiful young life taken in such a unimaginable way. Count your blessing Walter Sheluk, that you are never ever faced with death to any of your family members in such horrid way........May the Angels open their wings for the passing of one of their own.......RIP Racheal.....fly with the Angels

+ Read More
Walter Sheluk
3 months ago
6
6

" go fund me " really ???? i don't see any valid reason except to collect " free " money

+ Read More
Debra Wilson
2 months ago
3
3

For those who question why donate for this young man. My child has suffered through a similar experience. At 20. The impacts are huge. Being able to move forward and meet your financial obligations as a young adult are horrific. This man will have issues that he will struggle with. There was no go fund me then, and it was a struggle. For those of you who will be telling him shortly to move on get over it, I want to tell you this, he is not just struggling financially, but he is doing more than grieving as well. He saw his own mother killing his sister. That is huge. Witnessing such a crime is it even close to anything you can even begin to imagine. I was only the mother to a young adult who experienced a similar experience and it has for ever altered my daughters life and mine as well. He will still need support when many close to his sister and family have moved on. Grief is the smallest battle he will have ahead of him. Help if you can please. Be there for the next few years as he struggles. My heart will be thinking of him and his mother for a long time.

+ Read More
Lyndsay Blais
2 months ago
3
3

Our condolences for your the loss of Rachael...we are so sorry for you loss! Having personally been on the receiving end of experiencing a tragic and unexpected death of my sister last Christmas day I can attest to the heart warming relief of having had so many people generously and unconditionally respond to my plea for help via a go fund me campaign when my mother faced the financial hardship of having to move and deal with funeral expenses when my sister passed away with no life insurance. While I don't know the circumstances, I can pay it forward this year, and I pray that Michael will find peace, healing and comfort - the financial piece is the easy part to deal with, it sounds like he has a long road ahead...we'll be praying for you!

+ Read More
Samantha Onchulenko
3 months ago
2
2

Thinking of you during this tough time. We will forever cherish our memories we made in Cuba. Sending our love from Winnipeg, love from Sam, Gen and Bethany

+ Read More
Adriana Dilabio
3 months ago
2
2

You will be an amazing RN in heaven

+ Read More
Paige Lillian K L'Hirondelle
3 months ago
1
1

I have a few questions... I realize this is for the funeral, but will Michael be able to the rest of this money? I know there is coffin costs, grave sight costs, food for the wake and funeral if that's how you do things. That's all I know so far. But any left over money does that go to Michael? Or do the you (aunts and uncle) keep the money where michael might not see it? Because I know Michael will have to support himself now, if his mother isn't around at the moment. I know he has other family, but Michael will definitely have financial problems now. Please let me know. MSG me on Facebook or the email I provided.

+ Read More
Kristy Ellsworth
3 months ago
1
1

My deepest condolences to the family! My heart just breaks for you...

+ Read More
Kim Savard
2 months ago

Dear Michael , our very deepest sympathies at the loss of your sister and we pray for healing for you and your mom. I always remember what a great fan your sister was at your hockey games; and your mom and dad too ! Cherish all the good memories ,keep them close to your heart and think only on the good and best of them. Kim and Sam Savard.

+ Read More
Sandi Fellows Knowler
2 months ago

Whoever Walter is your a callas turd. Guess your life I'd perfect. Grow up you inconsiderate pig!

+ Read More
Amanda Annabella
2 months ago

Takes a serious sick pr*ck to say something like that shame on you Walter !! If you don't want to donate then skip along . Clearly they don't need your help or ugly ass comments Rest easy Rachael every time I see or hear Justin Bieber I'll be thinking about you !

+ Read More
Cheyenne Gilmour
3 months ago

Thinking of you at this time. I will forever remember all the memories we made in Cuba having family dinner, singing Justin briber, disco disco and how you made my love for sangria so big! Miss you and your beautiful soul. Rest in paradise beautiful now your with your reunited with your daddy ❤ I will forever have a place for you and your brother in my heart ❤️

+ Read More
Todd Chamberlain
1 month ago

So tragic. I just can't imagine... I know a few dollars doesn't replace or repair anything. But maybe, just maybe it can lessen the financial worries and burden for Michael a bit. - Peace & Love ♥

+ Read More
Jacqueline Frost
2 months ago

my heartfelt condolences to michael ,so sad especially during the holidays , never easy loosing a love one let alone your only sibling ♥

+ Read More
Pamela Winter
2 months ago

Oh Michael...my heart goes out to all of you. Your mom was so happy when we found her ring. She even brought warm tarts over to us for a thank you. I am devastated that this has happened. I don't know much about mental illness but it's obvious that it was a struggle with your mom. I'm sure she didn't mean to kill your sister. How do YOU get past this? God Bless you!! Pamela

+ Read More
Gwen Nahorney
3 months ago

Family this journey of life we don't understand. Our faith is knowing we will see our loved one agin

+ Read More
Daphne Ontario
3 months ago

I'm so so sorry, Michael. I'm glad you have cousins who are looking out for you. My condolences to the entire family.

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