Tuesday, May 5, 2009

May Day

My mother-in-law passed away on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 7:30 pm. I am so happy that I went back on Thursday night to tell her my feelings. I was going to go home and talk to her on Saturday because I couldn't be there on Friday. My brother-in-law encouraged me to go talk then and not wait. I could barely get out what I wanted to say as I was crying so much, but I told her how very special she was to me, all the wonderful lessons she taught us all by the way she lived her life and the beautiful memories I will carry with me forever. I thanked her for all the love she has given and assured her I would do my best to take care of things when she was gone. I told her I wanted to know she was okay, but please . . . do not come back and visit me. She loved that!

And so a beautiful life goes. We are here one minute and gone the next and our legacy lives on for those that love us. My mother-in-law was a unique individual in that she told it like it was, oh the stories I could tell, but her unconditional love was everlasting and that is what I will always remember and hold close to my heart until we meet again . . .

14 comments:

Peggy said...

I am so sorry joyce about your mother-in-law. I loved my mother -in-law very much and she was so good to me and of course her son. She was a great lady as it sounds like your mother-in-law was!
By your comments it sounds like you had a wonderful relationship.
She is still with you whenever you need her...she's in your heart forever!

Connie said...

Oh, Joyce, I'm so had to hear that. I'm sure you're upset but glad you did go back to visit with her. I'm sure she appreciates it also.

Hugs for Rachel and your son, sweetpea.

xoxo,
Connie

Joy said...

Joyce, my most sincere condolences go out to you and your family. How blessed to have been able to express your feelings to her. It sounds like she was a very remarkable lady.


{p.s. I came over to tell you that I have something for you at my blog but please, no hurry.}

Jo, a retired teacher said...

I am sorry for your loss, but happy that she got to hear your feelings. It probably made her passing a little easier to know that she is remembered with love.

Write down some of the stories you remember, your children will appreciate them and help keep her memory.

An Accomplished Woman said...

I am so sorry but glad that you were able to share with her your feelings.

Cynthia

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Joyce,

I'm glad that you went and said your good-byes!
You also have my deepest sympathy.
Warmly,
Deb

Sherri said...

Oh Joyce I am so sorry about your mother-in-law! Hugs and prayers for all of you!

Michele said...

Oh Joyce ~ I'm so sorry for your loss. She sounds like such a wonderful woman. She will always be with you...

Big hugs,
Michele

Kay said...

Oh Joyce...
I'm so sorry. I'm just getting back to visiting people and was saddened to read of your sad loss.

Still, what a blessing that you were able to see her to let her know what she meant to you. That was very, very special. It's a wonderful closure and beautiful memory.

I'll be thinking of you.

myaliasgigi said...

I again am so sorry about your MIL
I know how much you did care for her. I am so glad you were able to tell her how you felt, that is a gift in its self...it is something you will always remember.

Mare said...

So good that you were able to tell her all of your good thoughts about her while she could appreciate them. God bless you and the families that have been touched by this.

Jayme said...

Joyce, I'm sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and Rachel and I hope you are feeling peace. Saying good-bye is always hard but it sounds like you sent her off with love.

Gratitude Gal said...

You did well, Joyce! Death and dying is a lot of emotional work. Take a deep breath, and let it all out now and remember to smile when you see the subtle signs that she is happy in the next world.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

I am so sorry Joyce about your mother in law. I am so glad you got to tell her what was on your heart.