This is a day of reflection for me, because my Mom passed away five years ago after a brief battle with lung cancer, and other cancerous cells throughout her body, as a result of not overcoming breast cancer two years earlier (October 2009).
Mom attended my youngest daughter’s wedding on June 4, 2011, and met her first great-grandchild for the first time (my oldest niece’s and hubby’s child – they are linguists in Indonesia and were in the USA for the wedding and to visit family and friends).
Then, on July 1st, Mom learned she had advanced, aggressive lung cancer. She wanted to enter hospice care at home. She was surrounded by family and close friends during her final days. We all took turns spending time with her and sitting by her bedside overnight. She passed away peacefully just before 4:30am on July 7, with one of my nephews by her bedside.
While we grieved her departure, we were thankful Mom’s pain and suffering ended as she left her cancer-wracked body behind and entered the presence of her Lord…and was reunited with my Dad (her Ben) who passed away in 2002. We could just envision him waiting for her with open arms!
This has been an especially difficult three weeks, between losing my brother-in-law, spending my 14th Father’s Day without my Dad, nearly losing another family member this past weekend (but for the grace of God and guardian angels), and now this fifth anniversary of my Mom’s passing. Grief can be heavy sometimes… but looking at this quote, I feel blessed to have had these people in my life to love.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Have you experienced grief in your life recently or in the distant past?
Have you found it debilitating or did you transition easily to a new “normal” in your life?