Grief and Gratitude

9 08 2017

When we lose a loved one, there is an enormous hole left in our hearts – in our lives – that we know will never be repaired.  What we don’t know until it happens in us is that, while the wound  is never healed, it does get filled up with the love and support of our families and friends and even people who were strangers before we were so grievously injured.

Today marks the seventh anniversary of the day we lost our dear daughter Jessica.  The pain of that loss will always be with us, but the kindnesses shown to us every day by all of you helps keep it manageable. It keeps the rest of our lives in perspective.

I have said it before, but it bears repeating, especially today:

When we lost Jessie, we lost the person we loved the most in the world, but we did not lose the only person we loved, so we continue on. We celebrate her joyful (too short) life and we celebrate the life that we continue to live with the help, encouragement, and comfort of our friends.

Love one another.

Be kind, always. 

Don’t miss a thing life has to offer you.

Smile from your heart, like my Jessie did.

Peace.

 

With best cousin ever, Katy Little, when they were both little.

 

Happy. Up to no good. Happy.

March to your own drummer – Be your own drummer!

Ready to roll with Grandma – always.

Not spoiled, just loved!

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9 08 2017
Christine

This is so beautifully stated! You are my hero! I loved looking at the photographs of her.

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9 08 2017
scorchedeyebrowstudio

Thank you, Christine. Jessie taught me – and many others – more lessons about life in the short twenty years I had her than every other person who’s ever brushed by my consciousness in total. I appreciate so much that you took time to read, comment, and look into her beautiful face.

9 08 2017
Christine

Logged in under wrong account “grey heron chincoteague is me and I went in by accident. Please delete that and I will post under me.

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9 08 2017
Christine Goldbeck

So beautifully stated. Thanks for sharing this and the photographs. So meaningful: every word you wrote!

9 08 2017
MARIA ETTEL

LOVE NEVER DIES. JESSIE’S LOVE FOR HER FAMILY AND THE LOVE RETURNED TO HER WILL GO ON FOREVER. I BELIEVE THIS WITH MY HEART, PAULA. SHE MARKED MANY HEARTS WITH “X’S’. SHE DID IT WITH INDELIBLE INK.
LOVE FROM MY HEART, DEAR ONE—MARIA XO XO XO XO

10 08 2017
scorchedeyebrowstudio

Thank you, Dear Maria.

10 08 2017
Janice Ritenuti

You touch my heart in so many ways my Dear Friend. And this is very important as you have such a Good Heart! No one should have had to experience what you and Ken did and I can not express how sorry I am. Thank-You for reminding me of the important goals I should be striving towards each day and the abundance of gifts that surround me.

Big Love!!! J

10 08 2017
scorchedeyebrowstudio

You, Miss Janice, are one of those people who shares the goodness. Big Love to you!

30 08 2017
Cathy Gaster

Your daughter and your words are very beautiful, Paula. Thank-you for sharing and bringing a tear to my eye. (((Hugs))), Cathy

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