Cherish life. It is precious and you just never know when someone’s time on this earth will end. Last night, an online writing friend passed away after about a year-long battle with the monster known as cancer. She was diagnosed with stage 4 lung and bone cancer just about a year ago, on February 2, 2015. It recently metastasized to other parts of her body and she was living with excruciating pain in spite of (or because of ?) multiple forms of treatment. She was a single mom and leaves two teen/early 20s daughters behind (not exactly sure of their ages).
Barb had decided to chronicle her difficult journey, as a way to help herself process what was going on, and to help others who might also be going through the battle themselves or with loved ones. You can visit her blog here: Purple Death Hawk.
As a tribute to Barb and others who have passed on, I’d like to share this poem I wrote in memory of my own parents. I originally wrote it in September 2011, marking 9 years since my Dad had passed away, and only two months after my Mom passed away.
Tribute to My Parents:
Who Needs to Hear “I love you” Today?
“Nine years ago today, I lost my Dad,
the first most beloved man in my life.
Two months ago, in July, I lost my Mom –
now they’re reunited, loving husband and wife.
Last month, in August, I sat by their graves,
visiting their earthly resting place.
I know their spirits don’t reside there –
instead, they see each other and their Lord, face to face.
I can’t believe they’re both gone –
my siblings and I, emotional orphans –
but our parents are no longer in pain.
Cancer ravaged their bodies and took them,
God welcomed them home –
and some day, we will see them again.
Sometimes we grow complacent, hold grudges, or worse,
And neglect to tell loved ones how much we care…
We should take time to make amends,
say ‘I love you’ while we can,
before our loved ones are no longer there.
Thank God for His mercy and grace –
He granted time with both parents
Before they went peacefully on their way…
I would encourage you to ponder these words
and ask yourself,
Who needs to hear ‘I’m sorry’ and ‘I love you’ today?”
—Karen Lee Banks, September 2, 2011
Do you have loved ones who may be near the end of their journey or who have recently passed on?
Do you need to make amends and tell someone “I love you” before it’s too late?