TGIF: Gratitude for a Ritual of Death

Hi there. I've been gone for a while. As some may know, my mother died last month. Everything is different now in someways. I know that I will never have her hug me, say good-bye, and cry when I leave again. I know that that last little hope I didn't know I was harboring that she might someday be ok and well again is gone. And yet in someways nothing has changed. I came back to Seattle and life here is just as it was. Nothing really different except me. My family and I memorialized my mother well. We spent time talking and remembering and tending our relationships. I am truly grateful for a ritual to mark the passing of such an important life connected to mine. I miss my Mom. I miss her smile and her laugh. I am grateful for her.

"Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes." -- Hugh Prather

Mom loves irises!
Mom loves irises!

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