Dear friends of NostraVita,
This is Carlotta, Annibale and Elena’s daughter…Giuditta and Valentina’s sister, and this is the last letter I would have wanted to write to you.
It’s still hard to believe and write, but August 8th my sister Giudi, and her husband Gianfranco, had a fatal accident on the French side of Mont Blanc and they both died.
As you can imagine our lives have been overwhelmed.
We are doing our best to cope with the tragedy, to mitigate the terrible sense of loss with memories of Giudi that are like rays of sun piercing utter darkness. She showed us the way above all during the illness she fought against a breast cancer between 2015 and 2016. In that tough moment of life she reacted with a great strength, with amazing grit based above all on her perception of the JOY OF LIFE, enjoying every single moment thanks to beauty, poetry….and LOVE.
These are now our strengths.
This is her legacy to us, something so precious that we will do our utmost to keep it alive.
Gianfranco, her partner of almost 10 years, was for us an angel…a bright soul that took care of her like nobody else would have done especially in the illness. In the last 5 years he was part of NostraVita and I am happy that many of you met him too.
They were LOVE itself….and great the great Beauty of togetherness.
The little consolation is that they went away together doing something they deeply loved…in the beauty of a powerful place, in Love and hopefully quickly…
We like to think they are now a part of Beauty….we try to find them every time we feel Beauty in our eyes and Love in our soul.
We feel Giuditta is everywhere… but above all here in NostraVita, where she nurtured the seed that my parents sowed through to blooming. She is in the wind of the great oak tree branches, in the sweetness of the last blessed grape harvest, in the genuine smile of her daughter Matilde (15 years old), in the magic of the rainbows that reach us. There was even one during her celebration, September 1st ….without any rain!
I thank all of you to have read this long message and those who have sent messages and cards of Condolences, flowers.
Love came from all over the world.
Nostravita goes on, for her...and with her!
We hope to keep in touch with all of You.
We hope to hug you again under our great oak tree
toasting with a Nostravita glass of wine to her life....to her light!
Carlotta and the Nostravita family
These are some of the thousands of beautiful images that we have together with giudi and that we like to share with you friends.
We like to share with you this thought that Giudi wrote in August 2017, in his first major climb.
This is a poem by Walt Whitman that I discovered with Giuditta in summer 2017 during a concert where Simone Cristicchi introduced a beautiful song with these verses.
At that moment Giudi and I held our hands tight. Every word, every phrase was for us the Sense of Life that we felt flowing in our blood and heart. The next day we went to look for it and we transcribed it and then we always used it as a secular prayer for Life. We like to share with you its Beauty as the Hymn to Life of which Giudi was the spokesperson in the world.
Thank you Giudi, for adding lovely verse to life.
Nostravita, September 1st 2019
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