You can shed tears that she is gone,
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her and only that she is gone,
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back,
or you can do what she'd want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
- David Harkins
I never imagined I'd be writing this post. About losing my Mom. About the fast descent into illness that took her life far too soon.
I was a part of her; and she of me. And my heart will forever be missing a piece.
A week ago, my Mom left this earth. And with her, the image of the rest of my life.
This will be a profound change. And one that cannot easily be put into words.
But despite the many tears we have now, I know she will always be with us.
We can still cherish her, love her, and go on.