Let the memory of Irisha be with us forever
  • 30 years old
  • Born on August 24, 1980 in Ukraine.
  • Passed away on August 24, 2010 in Nepal.

 Irisha is here with us, in our hearts, in our lives, forever.

 This is the place where you can read about her, look at her pictures and videos, listen to the music that she liked.

  Please leave your tribute below, light your candle for her. Also, please add your story, picture, memory about Irisha. Every memory is precious, please share!

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Posted by Olga Ratnovskaya on 24th August 2017
Помню светлую лучезарную Ирочку, скорблю вместе с вами.
Posted by Filinto Diouf on 24th August 2017
Smiling is painless and your smile was contagious. If there is music gatherings in heaven I do believe the angels also fell in love with your smile and you make them dance. I will always miss you until we meet again.
Posted by Sofiya And Yanmark Franks... on 24th August 2017
Ирочка, дорогая, помним, любим... Всегда молодая, такая красивая, желающая всё успеть... Ты в наших мыслях сегодня целый день, София и Ян
Posted by Marianna Shamis on 24th August 2017
On 37th birthday of my dearest sister... This is weird All good and normal on the outside But inside... A storm inside me Tears are so close I can barely hold them inside. They are choking me Blocking my breathing Blocking my thoughts Stoping everything Stop! But... The world continues. And I am on the outskirts, Watching... Looking on Smiling a fake smile Trying to engage in the everyday life of the world. But I am not there Not in it Not today. This year... First time I am not there. Not at the cemetery Not at our parents home I am Flying! Out of all things... Flying... I miss you so much it makes everything inside squeeze, scrunch up, dry up and Stop! But can't stop feeling All this pain coming at me and the only defense are the tears that I have to hide... And I have to hide them because it's been seven years. Because "enough time has passed" by normal standards to stop crying... to stop hurting... Not enough for me. I need to hug mom now. I need to be with them, with my Mama and Papa. We need each other Always But especially today 7 years No can't be 7 already? They say time heals. They are so wrong! Time teaches us about priorities and perspective. Shows us the existence of Future... helps forget... but It doesn't heal. Irka, I am going to Prague!... Just like you said I should. You said this is the city I must go to. You said its my kind of place You said I will enjoy... So now it has become your wish for me. And I am making it come true! Every day takes me further away from you. All I have left are memories... Memories of you Memories of our times together Who knew fading memories could be so strong? So powerful... I miss you. I remember talking Long nights talking Drinking tea together And talking Trying to figure out this life And people in it... and their connections Energy and light That's what you are! Your light is so strong that even now it keeps shining upon us, lighting our paths.. You... Always different always unique You had this understanding of another person's essence. Inner being. Inner struggle. You had this ability to change paths of people around you if they were lost, with only one conversation... Sometimes only with one sentence! Sometimes with one word... Seven years I have been talking to you without you answering. Our past conversations are in my head. I am still consulting you on wardrobe and life decisions. Only your advice now is muffled with time... I miss you every minute, every hour of the day, every night. The moon reminds me of you when you were little and were learning our family name... Молодой Шехец на небе... The sun reminds me of your inner light and the picture you took on the run in our park at dawn... The stars... feels like you are one of them now, up there in the sky... Every airplane I see I think of you Every rainbow is the bridge between us The wind on my skin is a hug from you.. Birds... you are that white bird that flew away There are not enough words to describe the full connection. It's in my heart. It's in my Love. I Love you Sis
Posted by Boris Shekhets on 23rd August 2017
С Днем Рождения Иришечка! Прошло семь твоих дней рождения без тебя... Твои фотографии уже не меняются, ты все так же смотришь на нас - то веселая, то задумчивая, но всегда такая близкая и родная... Мы знаем что ты рядом, но обнять и поцеловать тебя можно только во сне... У тебя все так же много друзей, они любят и помнят тебя. Ты так много успела сделать за свои 30 лет и так много еще предстояло... И мы очень хотим, чтобы то, что ты делала, продолжало жить. Твоя библиотека в Непале помогает детям и взрослым. А скоро там будет новая школа для малышей – и все это в память о тебе, благодаря твоим друзьям . Ты всегда с нами, и - над нами, там, высоко... С Днем Рождения доченька! Мама и Папа
Posted by Anna Smirnov Rozentul on 24th August 2016
Dear Irina, I think of you and your family frequently. Another year gone by...we get older, but you stay forever young. Rest in peace. And--happy birthday.
Posted by Boris Shekhets on 23rd August 2016
Ириша, Миновал шестой год с тех пор как твoй День Рождения стал и Днем Памяти о тебе… Без тебя тяжело, а мы продолжаем жить - ради памяти о тебе, ради семьи и ради друзей… Когда мы разговариваем с твоими друзьями нам кажется, что мы, пусть и не напрямую, но пообщались с тобой. К тебе на этот сайт заходят и близкие друзья, и те, кто тебя знал совсем недолго, и даже те, кто с тобой не был знаком. 35 тысяч посещений! Одни оставляют здесь весточку, другие заходят просто помолчать, вспомнить, подумать… И это так понятно – ведь даже просто думая о тебе, вспоминая твою жизнь, получаешь поддержку и силы, чтобы продолжать делать что-то нужное другим, как это делала ты… С Днем Рождения, дорогая... Ты всегда с нами, а мы с тобой. Мама, Папа
Posted by Marianna Shamis on 30th August 2015
Irishka, here is my birthday present to you. This song spoke to me. It was all you and I just had to follow up and make a video. Special thanks to Alina Simonova: composer, lyrics and vocal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_tX0-FbhEc
Posted by Anon Anon on 25th August 2015
I could not believe it...five years ago we went to the funeral, but the day was so bright and sunny, just like she was. A short life, but lived to the fullest. We lost touch after college days, but spent time chatting on the internet, she was definitely an incredible person.
Posted by Marianna Shamis on 24th August 2015
Иришка, родная моя Как я скучаю! Как я хочу тебя обнять, Прижаться к тебе, потереться носами... С Днём Рождения, лучик мой! Ты здесь, ты во мне и со мной, Я тебя ощущаю. Свети нам, пожалуйста, Не прекращай!
Posted by Yelena Grozny on 24th August 2015
Сегодня твой День. И хотя физически Ты не здесь, твоя неуемная энергия помогает и соединяет близких и родных тебе людей.Тебя помнят, любят ... С Днем Рождения
Posted by Oksana Lvova on 24th August 2015
В который раз за эти годы пытаюсь осмыслить случившееся, и до сих пор не могу поверить... Ирочка, дорогое солнышко, твой свет навсегда здесь, с нами! Танечка, Боря, Маша, если бы можно было хоть часть вашей боли взять на себя... Читала ваше стихотворение, посвященное Ирочке, и слезы душили. Я с вами и навеки разделяю вашу боль утраты. Сколько тепла и света оставила Ириша в людях - в каждом послании сквозь горечь и боль просто снопы света, Ирочкино сияние, пропущенное через души всех, с кем она соприкасалась. С днем рождения, Ирочка!
Posted by Sofiya And Yanmark Franks... on 24th August 2015
We remember... You are always in our hearts, Sofiya & Yan
Posted by Boris Shekhets on 23rd August 2015
Пять лет прошло, а боль в душе все та же... Вот ты придешь во сне - и отойдет печаль. Но на рассвете ты "прощай" тихонько скажешь И вновь уйдешь в неведомую даль. Оттуда, с высоты, ты видишь все, мы знаем. Ты помогаешь в самый трудный час, И мысль одна порою утешает: Что может там, за Гранью, ждешь ты нас. Твой Dень Рожденья с грустью отмечаем К тебе, как водится, придут друзья... Ты здесь, ты рядом, мы об этом знаем! …Вот только лишь обнять тебя нельзя... Мама, Папа
Posted by Marsha Meytlis on 25th August 2014
Irka, I will always remember you with a smile on your face. I remember our fun times at Columbia and those days will always be in my memories. I don't know why you had to leave so early but I hope you are in a good place now. Masha
Posted by Vera Shekhets on 24th August 2014
Happy birthday to the sweetest angel! Thank you for watching over our journey, and for inspiring us all along the way. Love and miss you always. Leon, Elina & Vera Shekhets
Posted by Asya Oranskaya on 24th August 2014
ПРИШЛА ПОРА Пришла пора печали. Пора потерь пришла. Я многое теряла, Я многое нашла.. В душе моей бывало Тепло от счастья встреч. Теперь пустот немало И горечи – не счесть. В календаре настенном Я дней рожденья даты Меняю постепенно На боль и на утраты. Их собираю горстью, А сердце сжало в ком, Уж не вмещает горе, Которым полон дом. Пришла пора потерям... Пришла, а я не верю... Пухом тебе земля, Иринушка. Ирина - по-гречески - СВЕТЛАЯ. Ты такою была и навсегда останешься в сердцах и душах всех, кто имел счастье быть рядом с тобою. Ася, Юра Шехец и вся наша семья.
Posted by Olga Ratnovskaya on 24th August 2014
Дорогие Шейхецы! С Днем рождения Славной, Светлой, навсегда оставшейся с нами Ирочки! Люблю всех вас!
Posted by Eugenia Pugach on 24th August 2014
Happy Birthday Sweet Irisha! You are missed more and more every day. It is so painful and unnatural not to see your incredibly attractive smile, hear your infectious laughter and to not just be around you. 4 years....Thank you for all the moments we've all had a chance to share with you! Love forever, Zhenya
Posted by Victor Abkin on 24th August 2014
Помним, любим ... Спасибо, что ты была в нашей жизни
Posted by Marianna Shamis on 24th August 2014
Missing you always, but even more on the day you were born and the day of your passing. Grateful for every moment we had together. Treasuring every memory of you. Love and Light to you.
Posted by Gita Natovich on 24th August 2014
Thinking of you, today and always . love seeing pictures of you and having memories pop into my head. Keep watching over your family! We all miss you!
Posted by Tatyana Shekhets on 24th August 2014
Дни и годы идут- и теперь без тебя Ты приходишь на миг - и опять нет тебя Продолжаю идти, что-то делать и жить Продолжаю, как прежде с тобой говорить И дышать я могу, только вот не пойму Как сейчас без тебя все еще я живу Так смогла только ты - за короткую жизнь Всё успеть - и писать, и учить, и любить, Повезло тем, кто смог тебя ближе узнать Наслеждаться, быть рядом - и не мешать, Просто первой была ты всегда и везде Первой ты вознеслась над землёй к Высоте Словно ветер- тебя не достичь, не догнать Только можно любить и всегда вспоминать...
Posted by Boris Shekhets on 24th August 2014
Ириша, родная, Сегодня твой День Рождения.... В этот день, как и всегда, ты с нами и со всеми, кто любит тебя. В этот день, нам тяжело... Но мы знаем, что ты с нами - и нам становится светлее... Со своих вершин ты видишь как мы любим тебя! Ты над нами всеми - и ты здесь, ты рядышком... Твоя улыбка и твой свет дают нам силы. Как всегда, ты помогаешь всем, кто любит и помнит тебя. С Днем Рождения... Мама и Папа
Posted by Filinto Diouf on 24th August 2013
The greatest tribute to you Ira is not grief but gratitude. The gratitude that you walked with us and we had the privilege of sharing time with you. Rest in peace my friend.
Posted by Sofiya And Yanmark Franks... on 24th August 2013
Любим, помним... Ирочка, сегодня твой День! Мы знаем ты навестишь всех, кто помнит тебя. София и Ян
Posted by Boris Shekhets on 20th August 2013
AUGUST 24 – IRISHA’s DAY. On this day we would be glad to share with all friends the “Five-O’clock Tea” – Irochka’s favorite British tradition. We will share our memories of Irochka, and have a nice and quiet time in our house the way she loved: with friends and family. We know, that those who cannot come, will be with us in their thoughts. Happy Birthday, Irisha!
Posted by Guy Beider on 25th August 2012
Azyu, once you said, that your biggest fear is to realize, that there is no such concept as love. Well, now, there is no concept of fear on your way, you are connected with the universal love, there are no limits of Goddess love. Thank you for teaching me not to be afraid, thank you for showing me what is the UNCONDITIONAL love. To bad, you had to go, to teach and learn that lesson.
Posted by Vera Shekhets on 24th August 2012
Irisha, today is all about you! We all love and miss you, and we know you are celebrating your beautiful life with us. With love, Leon, Elina & Vera
Posted by Jennifer Feldsher on 24th August 2012
Irachka. Thinking of you today and smiling, because that is the way that we always were -- smiling, laughing, happy! We miss you. Vadim and Jen.
Posted by Tatyana Zykh on 24th August 2012
Happy Birthday Irisha. You will always be the girl we knew, a person with a deep and clear soul and a beautiful smile that would light up the room, thinking of you, remembering you, keeping you close in our hearts. Watch over your wonderful family, you will forever be their angel. Tanya, Igor and the girls
Posted by Gita Natovich on 24th August 2012
thinking of you today. still so unbelievable.
Posted by Masha Kaptohka on 24th August 2012
Иришка! С днем рождения!
Posted by Alex & Lena Krichevsky on 24th August 2012
С днём рожедения Ирочка, мы помним тебя. Саша и Лена
Posted by Anna Smirnov Rozentul on 24th August 2012
Remembering you on this day...RIP.
Posted by Sofiya And Yanmark Franks... on 24th August 2012
Irochka, Happy Birthday... We remember you and love forever, Sofiya & Yan Frankstein
Posted by Ninel Kotlyar on 24th August 2012
Happy Birthday Irochka, you are loved by so many. Thank you for being such a bright soul and bringing so much light into the world. With love and gratitude, Nella
Posted by Jacqueline Almonte on 24th August 2012
Irina - I miss you, love you and think of you often. Our friendship was a blessing and I'm so very grateful that you came into my life because you left a mark that can never be erased. Happy Birthday to my wonderful amiga. Vivirás por siempre en mi corazón (you live forever in my heart). TQM.
Posted by Anna Shekhets on 24th August 2012
Happy Birthday Irisha!!! We love you and miss you. You always live in our hearts.
Posted by Asya Oranskaya on 24th August 2012
Our dearest Irusia! How come you leave your family so early?! We all miss you. Darkness came when you past away.But we believe - G-d know what he's doing. He needs angels. You were a sunny angel.You're now near the G-d, prey for your family. Watch over all of us. We'll miss you all our lives. Shekhets-Oranskaya family.
Posted by Alex Malinsky on 24th August 2012
С днём рождения Ирочка! Мы тебя помним и любим сегодня и всегда.
Posted by Valerie Khmelnitsky on 24th August 2012
Happy Birthday, beautiful..... always and forever!
Posted by Isana Gitsis on 24th August 2012
happy birthday irisha. only love. always.
Posted by Misha Gorn on 24th August 2012
Ирка, мы помним тебя, любим и незабываем! С днём рождения тебя!
Posted by Boris Shekhets on 24th August 2012
Иришка, НАША ЗВЁЗДОЧКА, теперь в иных краях Из Круга Света в сверх-орбитном Измеренье, Ты светишь каждому, кто так любил тебя, И кто с тобой сейчас, в твой ВЕЧНЫЙ ДЕНЬ РОЖДЕНЬЯ Мама, Папа
Posted by Oksana Lvova on 16th August 2012
Дорогие мои Ирочка, Маша, Танечка и Боря, Мое сердце с вами. Не только в этот день, но в этот день - особенно. Ирочка, ты с нами. Перечитала в который раз слова любви и благодарности от твоих близких и друзей и еще больше почувствовала, что ты здесь, среди нас. Навсегда.
Posted by Galyna Logvinova on 16th August 2012
Ты всегда с нами - рядышком, над нами, вокруг нас, внутри нас! Я люблю тебя и все твою дружную семью. Как хорошо, что вы у меня ЕСТЬ!!!!!!!!
Posted by Genya Kostareva on 24th August 2011
Irochka, s Dnem Rozhdeniya. A year has passed, but it seems that just yesterday you were here. Wishing you and your family peace. Thinking of you.
Posted by Marianna Shamis on 24th August 2011
Irishka, missing you so much. Happy Birthday dear sis. You are always here, in my heart, in my thoughts, in my life. Can't believe a whole year has passed. A whole year of pain and tears. Feels like yesterday we said our goodbyes. Rest in peace, beautiful soul.
Posted by Isana Gitsis on 24th August 2011
Irisha, its been a year and I still think of you every single day. Despite your seemingly momentary presence in my life, you made an impact deeper than words can express. You are forever extraordinary. Much love and strength to your family.

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