It has been thirty years for me—thirty birthdays since she has been gone. Thirty years since my mother left this earth.
For you, it may be new, though. The sting of death, of grief, of loss, may still be present.
Maybe it has been a few years... a few weeks; you may even have stumbled upon this message in the mere days since your mother left this earth.
For a few, however, only hours,minutes, or seconds have passed since you saw her take her last breath.
This message, dear one, is for you.
See, those of us who have lived at least one day since the departure of the ones we endearingly know as Mother, Mama, Mommy, or [insert your special name for her here] know at least one thing: Life continues. You can still breathe. You can still move. Even when she's not here and EVEN on Mother's Day...or any other day that reminds us of her love.
The clock doesn't stop. Time—even though it may seem to stand still once she's gone—still moves on.
These realizations are hope for those of us who have lived beyond our mother's last day. Recognizing that your life still has meaning is the first step to living beyond the death of the one who gave you life.
...it seems hard to breathe.
...difficult to move,
...impossible to live.
The sun has yet to set on the final day of her life and you don't quite know if you can carry on.
Beloved, know this:
[Insert her name] birthed you.
[Insert her name] helped you grow into who you are today.
[Insert her name] planted strength in you.
So YES. You can survive this, your first day without her.
And then tomorrow, remember today.
Remember that you lived...
...remember that you breathed...
...remember the strength that you found on day ONE.
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