Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Until we are together again

My beautiful mom went home peacefully this morning exactly 16 months to the day after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. We took this picture on January 31st while we were waiting for her to have her first surgery to biopsy what we would eventually find out was a grade 4 glioblastoma.

Mom fought the disease so hard and I will forever be grateful for the time that we had her here with us. I told Alex this morning that grandma was happy that he kissed her yesterday and that maybe she was waiting to say one final goodbye to him before she went to heaven and he smiled and nodded.

In my heart I know that mom is now happy and reunited with the 2 loves of her life, my dad and my wonderful stepfather who came into her life after she was widowed and swept her off her feet and loved her for 11 years until he passed away. I told her yesterday that they were waiting for her and that she shouldn't be afraid because they would welcome her with open arms and there would be no more pain and no more needles or medication where she was going and that I would see her again someday.

The Hospice Inn and all of the staff there were so caring and loving to mom and all of us and I will be eternally grateful to them for everything they did to make this process as comfortable for us as it could be.

My dear mother was someone that if you met her you instantly knew she was special and there wasn't one person that wasn't changed by her outpouring of love and compassion for other human beings. She always went out of her way to help others and what she chose for her line of work proved that over and over. Working with infants and toddlers for years and then eventually moving on to caring for seniors in an assisted living community mom always had a job that put her in a caregiver role so for me it was both an honor and a privilege to have been HER caregiver for this last part of her life.

Wherever you are mom, I know there are endless beautiful flowers there and that you are smiling from ear to ear. I love you and miss you and I know that someday we will be together again.


ScrapnKel said...

My heart goes out to you and your family Linda. I'm so sorry for your loss, yet so happy for your mother. She is such a beautiful soul, inside and out and will be missed so terribly. You know I'm here anytime and I wish you comfort and peace in the days to come. Love you girl! (hugs!!!!)

Anonymous said...

My heart is with you and your family Lin. Your mom was a beautiful lady with a huge heart. Your care and love during these last 16 months helped her through her journey. Now she is home in Heaven surrounded by tranquility. May God's Grace be around you in the days ahead.

Love you,

Anonymous said...

thank you for the beautiful pictures

love Madeleine

Laura said...

Sitting here in tears for you......I am so, so sorry for your loss. Your mom was indeed a beautiful person, and this was such a lovely tribute to her. Please let me know if there's anything you need. (((Hugs)))

Anonymous said...

Hi Linda I'm so sorry about the loss of your Mom. My heart goes out to you and your family. I know she is in a better place. If there is ever anything I can do for Robert you only have to call. I wish you all God's peace and love. Talk to you soon. Love Barbara

June and Garry said...

Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. Your tribute to her is beautiful, and her loving spirit shines through the pictures.

Love to you and yours

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry for your loss, yet I am so glad you had these months to spend with her. May peace be with you and your family.

Just A Scrappy Gal said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss Linda. You and your family will remain in my prayers & thoughts.


Sandi said...

Lin, my heart is broken for you. I know that how difficult this is for you, but I know that you will find peace within knowing that she is finally Home and not suffering.

Thank you for the pictures. Your mother was truly a stunning woman with an amazing spirit.

I love you my friend.

draknik1121 said...

I am so sorry for you, Nancy and your families loss. I am sitting here reading your blog with tears streaming down my face. (which I know you know is no surprise). Your mom was blessed to have you to take care of her to the end. Drake, Nikolas, Mikaela and Billy will miss her so very much. Doug and I love her and will miss her also. She is a wonderful woman who I was blessed to know, love and respect. I spoke with both Doug and Billy today and they both send their love. Doug wanted to let you know that he will miss his mom and he sends her thoughts and prayers to you all.


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Anonymous said...

My God bless you and your family at this time. My prayers and love to the family.Will miss your mom very much

Chelle said...

I am sorry for your loss Linda.

Ginger said...

I'm sorry for your loss, but happy for Heaven's gain. Your Mom was wonderful. I'll be praying for peace for your entire family! {hugs}