I feel like sharing this because I've been reading this message board for so long, checking it daily, planning our trip to Belize and it was such an enormous help along with the Belize Forum web site. We were going to be in Belize March 25th for 2 weeks. 2 young couples, late 20's from Colorado. 2 days prior to our trip, one of us, our friend Matt died in a car accident. we obviously cancelled our trip, I had my sister call as I and matt's wife were in no shape to call. Every place my sister called to cancel, refunded in full all deposits we had made, no questions asked. I think this speaks to the people of Belize and underscores how honest and friendly the people of Belize are (which I had read over and over again in guide books). I did not expect any hotel to refund our money, or at the very least refund half, not that I cared about the money anyway. I know its difficult, particularly for the smaller hotels, to run a business when clients cancel last minute. That's why I wanted to share this with everyone, and hope they send business thier way. The places we had reservations were: Captain Morgans on AC, Ian Anderson's Caves Branch in Belmopan, Tradewinds in Placencia, and Midas Tropical resort in San Ignacio, as well as Crystal Car rental. Someday we hope to visit Belize, as this was a vacation we all were dreaming about for so long.
Posted By: River Shark
Re: Sad Story - 04/03/03 12:46 AM
So sorry to hear about your misfortune. To lose someone so early in life is certainly tragic.
Our condolences to Matt's wife. Please tell her our thoughts and prayers go out to her and their family.
Your friends on the board
Sorry for the loss. And, thank you for showing your apprechiation to those various Hotels. I will relay your message to Mariaorfelina at Midas, probably in the next several days.
Posted By: mobunny
Re: Sad Story - 04/03/03 01:07 AM
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your sudden tragic loss. I have included a poem that gave me great comfort when my sister past away a few years ago. She died in her sleep at the age of 42. I just returned from San Pedro and know she was there with me in spirit the entire time. She would have loved it there as much as I did. In sympathy, mobunny
When I am gone, release me let me go.
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn't tire yourself with tears.
Be happy with all the years I gave you my love.
You can only guess how much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown.
But now it's time I travel alone.
If grieve you must, let your grief be comforted by trust;It's only for a while we must part.
Bless the memories within your heart.
I won't be far away, for life goes on.
So, if you need me call and I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near.
If you listen with your heart,
You'll hear my love around you soft and clear.
And when you come this way alone.
I will greet you and say Welcome Home.
Posted By: Chloe
Re: Sad Story - 04/03/03 01:27 AM
OH, how sad. Sorry for your loss.
Thanks for your sympathies, its difficult to get thru the loss of a friend at such a young age. I appreciate your thoughts and prayers.
Bill Thanks for relaying that to Midas, I do want all the resorts to know how much we appreciated their understanding.
MoBunny, what a wonderful poem (although it makes you cry all over again). i will print it and give it to Matt's wife. sorry to hear about your sister as well.
Posted By: Pedro1
Re: Sad Story - 04/03/03 01:54 AM
If you ever decide to come back -I am sure that we will make sure that your stay will be better than you ever thought possible-please accept our deepest sympathies
Condolences to you and your friends.
From a fellow Coloradan,
Posted By: KathyMLT
Re: Sad Story - 04/03/03 10:03 PM
I am so sorry for your loss...it is so difficult to lose a loved one. My dad died 2 days after I got back from my last trip to Belize and although we weren't that close it's still difficult to deal with. Perhaps when things settle down you can still take your trip in loving memory of Matt and toast him at sunset/sunrise in Belize. I'm sure he will be with you in spirit. My prayers are with you and his family.
Posted By: seashell
Re: Sad Story - 04/03/03 10:27 PM
My deepest sympathies. It is hard to understand why someone so young would be taken from us and in so dreadful a manner too.