It’s been a rough few days. Mother’s Day is always hard for me. Did a little crying, a little remembering, and a lot of reflecting. When you have lost the two most important females in your life, my Mom and the daughter that made me a Mom, it makes for a crappy holiday for me.
I know some of you understand, and I empathize with you. And each year, I try to do my best to keep my sadness out of the actual day of celebrating, but I feel it all the same.
The following pictures speak to me and partially represent how I feel, not only on Mother’s Day, but most days as I think of them.
Yesterday was also my Dad’s 83rd birthday. This is our last picture together before he passed. It is me introducing one of his Great-Granddaughters to him ❤
But as sad as I am that he is gone, because I got to see his life play out in full and he was ready to go Home to be reunited with Mom, I think for me, I grieve him differently than I do Mom and Marian. Because in my mind, they were taken too soon. My heart was NOT ready to let them go! 30 years ago for Marian, and 16 years ago for Mom, and there are still nights that I can cry myself to sleep missing them to the core of my being.
It’s OK to be sad over a lost life. And it is important to remember that those of us left behind still have a life to live. And even more importantly, that you let everyone grieve those losses in their own way. Grief is personal. But personal does NOT mean that you have to go through it alone. Whether you keep more to yourself about it, share memories daily on social media, go to a support group, or go see a therapist. Unless you are not hurting yourself or others, however you get through each day after a loss is OK! Don’t let people tell you that you should be FINE now, because it has been such and such a time. Or my PERSONAL favorite in my situation – “You never even got to hold her, how can you still miss her so much?”
Grieving is personal. So please, don’t tell ANYONE that they are doing it wrong. That is hurtful and disrespectful to their core being. And NO, it doesn’t matter if you agree with them! As long as they are still living their life and not hurting themselves or others, please just show them love and support. ❤