Life stories: Loved ones remembered

'All I could've wanted'

Holding hands

In the final days before she died, Folker Liebenow was able to reaffirm his love for his wife.

He couldn't survive without her

This story is about a hard-working man that loved his family, and was so against "suicide".

I hope he found peace

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KRISTAIN MIDGLEY

Kristain Midgley never knew how much she needed her ex-husband, until he was gone.

My hero in the sky

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ALEX HOLMES

Alex Holmes shares memories of his younger brother, who died in a tragic drowning accident at just 19 months old.

'I miss you so much it hurts'

SARAH MARSHALL

He had so much to live for, his passing is just something I can't understand, and not for lack of trying.

Life stories: 'It's just my time'

JESS PARKER

As Jess Parker's father battled cancer, it was hard to see her charismatic dad lose his spark.

Missing you, Mum

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ALISON JONES

When Alison Jones lost her mother to breast cancer, she also lost her best friend.

Four key life lessons

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PETER MCKEEFRY

At 49, Peter McKeefry is pretty happy with his lot in life, having lived by these four principles.

Life a struggle without mum

KATIE BRADFIELD

It has been almost four years since mum was killed in a car accident, but it feels like yesterday.

Growing up at 27

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ANGIE SERRAO

It has been 181 days since my beautiful mum passed away. I never thought I would be an orphan at 27.

Little woman with a big heart

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NGAHIWI APANUI

Ngahiwi Apanui's mum worked up to 18 hours a day to make sure her kids got a good education.

My hero, my wife

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MARTIN DALY

Martin Daly's wife, Linda, didn't let a battle with cancer stop her from spending her final months reaching out to help others.

I'll always carry this sadness

Kellie Langford

My Dad never wanted to go and when I asked him if he was scared, he answered 'yes', and that still hurts.

Dad inspired a passion for learning

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KAUSHIKI ROY

He wasn't perfect - my Dad. Far from it. But he was still the best Dad in the world, writes Kaushiki Roy.

'I wish she could have stayed'

Belle feet

Belle had black hair and the tiniest toes. And in her 34 weeks of existence, she taught her mum about love.

'Orphaned' at 36

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BART COUPRIE

At the age of 36, my twin brother and I each held one of our mother's hands as her breathing slowly eased, and finally stopped.

I remember you, Koro

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CEE WINIANA

In a story for her Grandfather, Cee Winiana remembers family trips to the old whanau home.

First Christmas without Dad

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The passing of Helen Davies' father last month left an empty space she can't imagine ever filling.

God lent us an angel

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JAY GORDON

Jay Gordon's sister Kirsten taught the family patience, love and understanding in her short life.

A little one lost too soon

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DENISE WILSON

At 20 weeks early, baby Adam was born perfectly formed - only still.

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