Eulogy to My Mother

My Guiding Light

 Personal Note: My mother Cornelia died on July 8, 2009. I delivered this eulogy during her funeral several days later. My posting this on HubPages is my way of remembering and honoring her life on this an electronic medium.

 

       Thank you all for coming and sharing with my family, in this our hour of grief.

       We are gathered here today to say our final goodbye to our mother. In doing so, we also pay homage to and remember the life she lived.

        I speak for my brothers and sisters when I say that she is simply, the calmest, gentlest, kindest, the most generous and loving person we know.

        Quietly, she came to this world the usual way 92 years ago, and quietly she lived her life amidst the people she loved and who loved her in return. Quietly....sadly, she left us one week ago. How we all wished that we were there by her bedside when she breathed her last, but knowing her, I'm certain that she departed quietly because she did not want the turmoil that would surely follow her leaving.

         The common thread that bound her life to ours, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was the gentle way she performed her role as our guiding light. She did her tasks with grace, courage, and dignity with not a thought of being rewarded greatly in return.

          Her passing did not leave us empty because in her lifetime, she filled us with joy and showed us that being kind and generous to each other was the best way for us to express our love for each other.

         So to you mom, we offer you these parting words: we love you, we will always love you and we will never forget you.

          As for myself, I will always remember the many times when you told me words similar to these: Come with me and don't  forget to tightly hold my hand...Over those hills we will walk to find your grain of sand...Rise above your doubts to fulfill your lifelong dreams...Now that you know that life is not what it seems...Every time you feel alone and find your path foggy and dim..Latch on to me and I will carry you to the farthest rim.. I will always be there for you through thick and thin.. And in the end I will be by  your side to cheer your win.

         So mom, for all the things that you have done for me, thank you. And thank you for being the best mother I could have ever asked for.

         And now that you have rightfully earned your heavenly wings, I am sure that you will  take to your new role as our  guardian angel, gently..kindly..lovingly.. quietly.

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JillKostow 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

Thank you for sharing this. It is very beautiful!!


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brentbrown98 6 years ago from Indiana, United States, Earth

What a beautiful, heartfelt post! I lost my Grandmother late last summer as well, so I understand a little bit of what you are going through. You're a wonderful writer! Keep up the excellent work! :)


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A.Villarasa 6 years ago from Palm Springs Author

Hi Jill and Brent: Thanks for both of your comments. I find, when it comes to the people who are close and dear to our hearts, that it is indeed very easy to say the thoughts that best percolates the feelings we have for them especially at their passing.


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The Best Man 6 years ago

What a lovely, touching, elequent eulogy. Your mother I am sure is very proud of you. Her love for her family is clear thanks to your heartfelt words, well done.


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A.Villarasa 6 years ago from Palm Springs Author

Thanks for you kind comment. My mother was and will continue to be my guiding light despite her physical absence. She is our guardian angel.


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toknowinfo 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing your hub. I just lost my 90 year old mother 2 weeks ago. I have been thinking of sharing the eulogy I wrote, I am just not ready to do that yet. Thanks for sharing your personal story


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A.Villarasa 6 years ago from Palm Springs Author

Hello toknowinfo:

Please accept my heartfelt condolence on the passing of your mother. Writing my eulogy to my mother made the pain less severe. sSo when you do write yours, kindly share it with us. I'm sure your pain will be assuage in due time, as it did mine.


Justsilvie 6 years ago

Simply Beautiful! Thank you for allowing others to read it.


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A.Villarasa 6 years ago from Palm Springs Author

Hello Silvie:

Thanks for your kind comment. My siblings and I were blessed with a beautiful human being for a mother. We will always remember her everyday, the rest of our lives.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a beautiful eulogy to your mother and so appropriate that I am reading this just prior to Mother's Day this year. My dear mother died in January of 2010 and she was also gentle and kind like your dear mother. This is an honor to your mother's memory. Thank you! Voted up and beautiful.


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A.Villarasa 4 years ago from Palm Springs Author

Hello Peggy:

Thanks for dropping by and reading my paean to my mother. I am positive that whatever I wrote about my mother would also be true about all the mothers that we cherished and loved.


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FoxMuldr 2 years ago from East Texas

I am touched by your words. Thank you for sharing.


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A.Villarasa 2 years ago from Palm Springs Author

Hi Fox: Thanks for dropping by. My Mom would be so pleased that even when she is not here with me physically, she still affects my life in so many ways. I'm sure that is also true for a lot of other folks as well.

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