04/12/1990 - 24/02/2020
It is with great sorrow and overwhelming sadness that I have to announce the death of a colleague and close personal friend of mine Alicia Pylypczuk, who passed away on the 24th February 2020 aged just 29. Alicia leaves behind her fabulous mother Cheryl Pylypczuk and supportive stepfather Alan, adoring sisters Anna and Claire, her doting brothers Alex and Jan, her niece and nephews Rex, Lola and Lewis and many, many other friends and family for whom Alicia was an integral part of their lives.
Alicia was born in Bury, Manchester on the 4th December 1990. Growing up she had both a passion and a talent for music, playing the cello in several orchestras. Through her dedication and hard work she achieved the position of lead Cellist in the Junior Royal Northern College of Music and toured across the country performing at the highest standard. However, it was science and in particular medicine, that would become her true passion.
Alicia gained a place at Manchester medical school where she excelled both professionally and socially. She remained in the Manchester area when she took her first postgraduate jobs working across the region in multiple different hospitals and departments before eventually deciding that she wanted to pursue a career in emergency medicine. She was never one to back away from a challenge, fiercely hard working and a fantastic team player, and it became obvious that she was on the road to become an amazing emergency medicine physician.
But sadly she was never destined to complete her training and fulfill her true and full potential. Her life was tragically cut short leaving so many unanswered questions and dreams left unrealised. However, even though her time with us was short, it was hugely meaningful. She had a big impact on those around her. She had an unwavering sense of fairness and equality of which she was passionate and vocal about, as well as a fun loving nature and thirst for life. Her actions, her beliefs, her morals, shaped those around her and made them better for having known her. She was uniquely fantastic and will be truly missed.
Dr Yasmin Woods, Mbch, DTMH
Emergency Medicine Trainee
She Let Go
She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go.
She let go of all of the memories that held her back. She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her day-timer. She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call the prayer line. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.
No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.
By: Rev Safire Ros