It is a sad time. My mother passed away yesterday. She was 90 and was very fragile physically. As I thought about it, I realized that, as a devout Catholic, my mother might have wished this at this time of the year. She told us that Easter was the most important feast in the Catholic calendar and full of symbolism. It is and it helps me overcome.
All the world is full of suffering.
It is also full of overcoming
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I am sorry to hear that your mother has passed away. May you be surrounded by love and support during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Thank you Andrea. I feel surrounded by much love and support from many spaces.
I’m sorry for your loss. To lose a mother is a painful event. At 90 she must have had a full life. You are lucky to have had her for so long.
She did have a full life. Thank your Leslie.
She had good timing. So sorry for your loss Ivon.
These words from Helen Keller are heartening.
They were very timely Val, like a gift for the moment.
I’m very sorry for your loss.
Thank you Dan.
Sorry for your loss too Ivon. Easter is a time of death, new life and change and so she did pass at a significant time. My thoughts are with you.
Thank you. I feel the thoughts across the waves.
So sorry Ivon. Your mother sounds like a wonderful woman and I think what you say about Easter is beautiful.
She is. She leaves an inspirational legacy for all that she came in contact with. There have been many lessons learned along the way.
I am sorry for your loss, Ivon. May your love and precious memories of your mother always rest in your heart.
Thank you Carol.
My prayers and sympathy go out to you, Ivon. Easter is so full of symbolism, and greatest of all is rebirth. Your Mom has begun a new journey.
She has. Thank you Angeline.
Mothers have such a special place in our lives. Her spirit will always remain with you. Think of all the special moments you two had together and be thankful that she had 90 years of life.
They do. We are a very matriarchal family which is interesting with six sons. I am grateful for the memories and the years.
I send you so much love and many condolences for your loss Ivon. Some may think you can prepare for a time like this, but I don’t think you can ever understand the impact it will have. Your Mom will always live on inside your heart, you will always know that. Many blessings ♡
Thank you Lorrie. There are many memories. I agree. There is no preparation. Even though we knew she was fragile, it still comes unexpectedly.
Many blessings to you, Ivon. I send you love and comfort on this Easter Sunday morning.
Thank you Lorrie.
My prayers are with you my friend. Where she is now is nothing short of wonderful! While it is a very tough time for you, it is a blessed time for your mom that needs to bring a smile along with your tears.
Thank you. My cousins and I chatted on Facebook last night about the idea that our mother are now gathered drinking tea, watching us, and laughing. They always laughed when they got together in life.
I’m so sorry to hear that your mother passed Ivon. She will always be with you. God bless you.
She will Vera. Thank you.
I’m sorry for your loss Ivon. If the weekend helps you heal and gain comfort then take it with both hands. Your mother achieved a good age and no doubt leaves you many happy memories to draw on.. As the World turns I’m sure you’ll meet again.
Thank you David. I feel the hugs all the way over the water and lan.
I am sorry to learn about your loss Ivon. Her spirit was freed from earthly fragility at a time significant for her. May beautiful memories of her full life help you during this sad time.
I thought of Thich Nhat Hanh’s words about the seeds our ancestors plant that remain with us. Those are the memories. Thank you.
Very sorry for your loss. Peace and comfort.
Thank you JoAnn.
My prayers are with you.
Life seems overwhelmingly difficult at times like this. My condolences
Thank you Marty. It is interesting that even though I am away from home, the support I feel from many sources has been overwhelming itself.
Sorry about your loss Ivon, and thank you for your continuing inspiration.
Thank you on both counts Tom.
Our love and prayers are with you.
Thank you Teresa and Doug.
Sorry about your mother, Ivon. It is difficult, but spring is a lovely time to leave.
I think Easter for her would have been the choice and it fits with spring. Thank you Emilie.
I’m sorry to hear about your mother’s passing Ivon. Time alone will help the hurt. Take care.
Thank you. I think what she leaves in her words and actions will help as well.
I will keep you and your mother in my prayers. Know that she is resurrecting and you were fortunate that she stayed alive so many years.
Thank you for the lovely thoughts.
Sympathies extended for the loss of your mother, it is a sad time for you but she was blessed with an Easter leaving.
Ivon: I send you blessings of love, acceptance and appreciation – for your mother and for you. What a lovely post to honor the important process of grieving and living.
Thank you Carrie.
on your loss
I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My condolences to you and you will be in my prayers during this time.
Thank you Barbara for your kind words;
Very sorry for your loss Ivon – through your writings your mother was an amazing woman of the land.
Thank you Mary. She certainly is.
I’m so sorry for your loss, Ivon. Sounds like your mother went home in her time and in her way. Holding you and your loved ones in Love and Light. xoM
I’m sorry you lost your mother. Mine died years ago, but I still ask for her help.
I suspect we continue to do so in many ways as we move forward. Thank you Micheline.