This was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do besides leaving the hospital the night cancer stole her from my world. As I spoke the words below over ten years ago, I can still feel the pound of my heart and hear the sadness in my own voice. I remember clearly as I read those words from my crumbled up piece of notebook paper- I looked around and I saw so many tears but I also saw so many smiling faces.
Tears from all of us who will miss her so very much and smiling faces from all who got a chance to know her. I left the funeral home that day with the comfort of knowing how loved she was, how inspiring she was, and how many lives she has touched in her short time here.
June 1, 2013
My mother's celebration of life memorial.
24 years ago I laid eyes on one of the best people to ever step foot on this earth. I can't put into words the love she had for her family and friends. She brought joy to many, whether it was for a minute or for a lifetime. She was and always will be an inspiration to so many. Despite the fast that she had a terminal cancer, she still put others first. When she was first diagnosed, she did not look at it as a death sentence, she looked at it as more of a reason to go out there and live the life she loved. She never judged anyone; she always saw the good in every person she met. She was the perfect wife to my Dad, a loving mother to me and my sister, an amazing cousin, and a supportive friend. She will one day be an amazing grandma from heaven. She was a simple person with a simple life; she never asked for much, all she wanted was more time with the people she loved so deeply. She taught me to always be kind to others and to treat people exactly the way I want to be treated, and that I will carry with me forever. She is free of pain now do has flown away with the angels. Mom, we will be counting down the days until we get to see you again, I love you.”