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Goodbye Mom

Sunday, September 01, 2013

My Mom passed this morning after suffering a heart attack on July 9. She died peacefully at home with my Dad and Sister at her side. She had been in Hospice care at home for the last several weeks, we saw her decline and said our goodbyes every time we saw her. We last saw her last night and new the end would be soon.

I am, of course, sad she has gone, but happy she was my Mom. She taught me so much throughout my life. I have a very good life and so much of my success I can attribute to my parents nurturing and lessons they taught me through the years. My first fitness related memory I have is laying on the couch watching Jack LaLane and his dogs, and yes, I understand the irony of watching Jack show us exercises while laying on the couch! She was big on long walks when we were out camping, some of which seemed like steep trails instead of the gentle walks she thought they would be. I figure this must be where I got my love of hiking and why I see steep trails as humorous parts of a hike!

So thanks Mom for preparing me for life, and be assured you prepared me for this day you knew must come. I will always miss you, and will always smile and think about what became known as "gentle alpine strolls" when a trail gets ridiculously tough!
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    So sorry for your loss, but what a wonderful gift your mom left you.
    2686 days ago
    Sorry for your loss.
    Somehow I stumbled upon this today.
    in a few days it will be the 2.5 year passing of my moms death i also watched her pass away. she passed away at age 48. your journal makes me happy because you got your mom to be there with your all your life and im so glad you have peace with it. i hope you know that she will always be with you in spirit even thou she is not here physically.

    2691 days ago
  • TIGER_LILY_613
    emoticon emoticon Your memories of her are so beautiful. Please accept my condolences. I am very sorry for your loss.
    2691 days ago
    What a lovely, loving tribute to your mother, she clearly meant a lot to you... emoticon
    2691 days ago
    emoticon Sending Prayers for you and your Family. Thank You for sharing your Good Memories with us.
    2697 days ago
    I am so sorry about the loss of your Mom. She sounds like she was a wonderful Mom. I'm glad you got to spend time with her and ya'll knew you loved one another. I lost my Dad a year ago Aug. 21 and we lost Mom 3 years ago Aug. 6. It isn't easy but eventually the good memories will ease the pain. emoticon
    2697 days ago
    Hugs and warm wishes. I'm sorry for your loss. I lost my dad to cancer 3 years ago and as I am learning, some pains are forever. I appreciate your gratitude during this time for your mother and you sharing it with us. She was special.
    2697 days ago
    Sorry for your loss, but happy that you are aware of how lucky you are to have had a good relationship with her. That's been one of the tragedies of my life, not to have had a good one with mine.
    2698 days ago
    I'm so sorry for your loss. I've been through it before and know how hard it is. emoticon
    2698 days ago
    Sorry for your loss! Having lost my mom a year and a half ago, I know the range of emotions you are experiencing. What is nice is as time passes, you focus on all the good times!
    2698 days ago
    Ah, to lose a parent is so hard--I lost my dad to cancer-
    I find great peace and happiness is realizing the gifts he left me-my love of nature for one
    My dad stayed really active up until he got very sick-he hiked and biked more than most people much younger-he is one of my inspirations to stay healthy and to enjoy every moment I have-
    I hope your wonderful memories bring your peace as well-
    2698 days ago
    So sorry for your loss, but what a great tribute to your mum and such good memories you will always have to cherish. I am sorry she is gone, but thankful she is not in any pain.
    2698 days ago
    I am very sorry for you loss. My own mother passed a dozen years ago. I think that much of the best of who I am, I owe to her. Your mother sounds very special and I can hear through your words how fortunate you feel to have had her in your life. Let us celebrate that life.

    All the best.
    2698 days ago
  • 2DAWN4
    I am so sorry for your loss. I lost a parent 7 years ago and not a day goes by that I do not think about him. I try to do something every day that honors him. Cherish the memories! They will get you though!
    2698 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    Please accept my condolences. I am so glad you got to spend time with your mother before she died. It is heartwarming to read your memories about her. It sounds like both of you were very blessed to have one another. PS I remember Jack Lalane and the dogs, too - thanks for that reminder. emoticon
    2698 days ago
  • LARABY34
    Big hugs to you. I lost my beloved father 27 months ago and experienced similar feelings of loss and gratitude. I put some of his ashes down on the John Muir Trail as he had hiked quite a bit of it when he was young. I'm so glad you had each other and that she was with loved ones at the time of her passing. This is a really beautiful blog. Take care of yourself.
    2698 days ago
    I am very sorry for your loss of such a special person in your life.
    I can feel your love for your mother as I read this.
    I am glad that you have so many wonderful memories.
    She is at peace, and it sounds like you are too.

    2698 days ago
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