We Will Meet Again...

Beginning to Heal...It is a process

We all experience the loss of someone we love and adore...it is the way of things.

My niece's death two years after the death of her brother was a loss none of us were really equipped to handle. No one ever is, I suppose, readily able to handle sudden death and her death, like her brother's, was sudden.

It has taken a toll on all of us. Her children, her grandchildren whom she adored and was adored in return by them, and many of us others as well. The loss for her Momma, my precious sister, has been more devastating than she wanted to let on. She is a strong woman, having faced many losses in her lifetime but the death of two of her children is unimaginable for many....and think of it, the loss of two so close in time, suddenly, shook her to her core.

She is a woman of faith who has amazing courage and is recovering. She has not really gone through the steps of grieving...perhaps she did not know how (you know?) ----not that she did not know the process but she was trying to pick up the pieces so that she could begin to come to terms with the losses and begin to recover.

Know that the sun does rise the next day...your pain changes, does not go away. There is no such thing as 'closure.' There is just quiet acceptance and a new normal, a way of finding out how to live with that precious person or persons no longer in human form.

The Little Blonde is the NIece who Left This Planet Recently

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Just a few weeks ago, my niece had a massive stroke about seven in the morning. She was transported to the hospital and over the course of a few hours had numerous other massive strokes and by late that afternoon, she was gone.

Just that fast.

No prelude.

No expectation.

It happened and it was over quickly.


In 2013, My Sister's Son Died Suddenly

One reason the death of my niece has shaken us so was that in 2013, her brother died suddenly.

No prelude, no warning, no anything. He was gone. We were totally devastated. It was a difficult time and we all shook our heads and wondered how it could be.

So here we were, are, two years later, and another of my sister's children is gone.

And a wonderful thing has happened. We have digested it, pondered it, and found peace with it. And are thankful that things turned out as they did.

Did my sister suffer and feel the loss? Absolutely, 100 percent. But she and I muddled through the first few days together...I traveled from Florida and she from Texas to honor her daughter.

And we had, have, each other to make this most unwanted journey with ...a journey we all must take...and a calm and peace have filled our lives because we do have each other to walk with in the wonderful times and in these gut-wrenching times when words are often not necessary...just being with that other person offers comfort and support...the silence gives us time to reflect.

I felt sorrow and still do but I was not my nieces's Momma. My sister was. And for me, knowing that I could be there in Georgia to just to hold her hand was important to me. Because we walk through the tough times together and come out on the other side, new and with a deeper understanding of ourselves and each other.

A Secluded Location in Georgia's Natural Beauty was Where Ashes were Scattered

Ashes of my niece and my niece's Daddy, my sister's husband, were scattered together in our private ceremony. (Only my sister and I were present)
Ashes of my niece and my niece's Daddy, my sister's husband, were scattered together in our private ceremony. (Only my sister and I were present) | Source

When All That's Left of Me is Love

This poem by Linda Campanella was read by one of my niece's daughters.

She chose this poem because you could feel my niece's presence when it was read aloud.

No clarification or explanation of the poem is needed...it will speak to you as you read it ..And you will probably hear the voice of someone you love, saying these words to you.

My Niece and Her Brother ...Sharing Heaven Now

My nephew left us two years ago and his sister followed a few weeks ago. They were so very close ...
My nephew left us two years ago and his sister followed a few weeks ago. They were so very close ... | Source

When I die

Give what's left of me away

To children

And old men that wait to die.

And if you need to cry,

Cry for your brother

Walking the street beside you.

And when you need me,

Put your arms

Around anyone

And give them

What you need to give to me.

— Linda Campanella

My Niece, Her Brother (who Left the Planet 2 years ago) and One of Her Daughters

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I want to leave you something,

Something better

Than words

Or sounds.

Look for me

In the people I've known

Or loved,

And if you cannot give me away,

At least let me live on in your eyes

And not on your mind. You can love me most

By letting

Hands touch hands,

By letting

Bodies touch bodies,

And by letting go

Of children

That need to be free.

— Linda Campanella

Can You Understand? Saddened but Thankful

My sister, my niece's Momma, and I are very close though seven years separate us. We are texting or Skyping often and this day, we both were so thankful that we have each other.

We spoke on the phone often that day in early August...updating what we had heard or what we were thinking...just needing and wanting to hear each other's voice.

And so when I got the last call that afternoon, I was not surprised to hear that she had lost another child.

We cried but were prepared for her death all day as we knew the strokes had caused such serious damage that there was little chance of survival and if she did survive she would be in a vegetative state.

And we find comfort in knowing that she died in a matter of hours rather than lingering on for weeks, months, and even years. She would have been so unhappy had that happened.

So while we miss her each day, we feel blessed that she did not have to suffer on for some indefinite period of time.

Some may not understand...we were so saddened at our loss...but are so thankful she was released from this world as she was.



Love doesn't die,

People do.

So, when all that's left of me

Is love,

Give me away.;

— Linda Campanella

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Surely She is Singing This Song to Each of Us.....

Daisy, Sweet Daisy

Daisy is one of the three kitties my niece adored. I met her six years ago...she is a love bunny.
Daisy is one of the three kitties my niece adored. I met her six years ago...she is a love bunny. | Source

Kitties Adored Here

Those who miss my niece know how to deal with and work through this pain...the pain of wanting to Skype or text or phone someone and knowing they are not there any longer. And feeling thankful that her end came swiftly, albeit too soon.

She left behind three precious kitties who adored her---they are not equipped as we are to deal with the loss. They do mourn and do miss her terribly.

She fussed over them and pampered them so much that they adored her more than some kitties might adore an owner. She was their 'Momma.". The whole house was set up for the kitties...soft pillows were situatied at windows, on top of her dryer, in front of a door that was not used often so the kitties could rest and watch the birdies and squirrels and other critters outside.

She had little tea parties for them throughout the day....she put sweet little plates on the floor for them to have a snack. And they would come and partake.

She would fill a glass full of cool water and invite them to the sink in the kitchen to have a drink from the cup.


In the bathroom there was a small fountain where they could have a sip of water whenever desired.

Wherever you looked, it was evident how loved the kitties were.

She even played 'baseball' with them. She would toss a soft toy or ball to them and they would bat it back!!! It was so adorable to watch.

There was a sign on the door (although invisible if you had not been there before) that stated:

Kitties Adored Here.

More Creatures to Love

And she love, love, loved her critters outside too.

When my sister and I visited last summer (and how happy we are that we did), we were invited to watch her ceremony with the outside creatures that she cared for so kindly.

She had two ducks and at least two or three geese who came to dine usually once a day but sometimes more often.

Along the side of her driveway, she had glass food dishes lined up (which were washed often) where she put food for them to come and enjoy.

One of the ducks had an injury so he hobbled along as best as he could to get to the food for the offerings she put there. It was the cutest thing....when they saw her come out with the food, they headed up across the lawn from the pond which was about an acre from the house. It was a somewhat slow trek but they arrived and stayed to enjoy. They munched on the food she put out and slurped in the water dishes and when they were done, headed back to the pond.

But not always.

To the left of where they dined was about 10 or 15 acres of tall grasses and trees which many critters made their home. And they would find a goose dinner or duck dinner to be a delicacy..

The ducks and geese had been chased by some stealthy creatures from that area before so they were very aware.

If they sensed danger, they waited for an escort back to the pond. As it happened, one morning when I was there, after breakfast had ended, the two ducks were hesitant to leave. My niece said "O, there must be something over there that is frightening them." And she gathered them up, "Come on, Let's go" she said....and she lead them safely back to the pond.

It was spectacular to see.

One of my favorite parts of our visit was seeing her loving the kitties and loving the geese and ducks.


Sharing Her Love

This young woman was quite a character. She was fesisty and opinoniated like most of us in our family. But she was gentle and kind and loving and generous to a fault.

If you read Linda's poem that is shared in this article, you know her.

I miss her every day. I texted her almost every single day and got back a message about this or that every day and always 'love you so very much, Aunt Pat.' The last text I received from her said: "Please never forget how very much I love you, Aunt Pat." And after her death, I wondered if perhaps she had an inkling that she might be nearing her life's end.

My sister mentioned to me that she had received a similar text.

One thing is sure....you knew you were loved by her...she did everything she could to let you know that.

Yes, miss her, I do. But I have the glorious memories of times when I played with her and her siblings and cousins in Virginia when they were growing up. And so many other memories down through the years, keep her close to me.

She had given me some plants to bring home last year and now some of them are almost six feet tall...so again I am reminded of her. I sent my sister a baby one a few weeks back. It keeps her close to our hearts to have these reminders of her.


We WILL Meet Again

In our family, we believe that we will see our loved ones again one day.

And the same is true in this case. We are temporarily separated from her and from others who have preceded us in death, but we know with certainty that our souls will reunite one day.

We do miss those who are gone....but weep not for them. The tears we shed are because we would like to hold them one more time....hear their voices one more time...see the twinkle in their eye, just one more time.

And so, life's cycle continues. Our girl is gone but not forgotten ....and we have great comfort in our belief that she is with others we love and is watching over us.

We will meet again, one more time...no doubt about it.

© 2015 Patricia Scott

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pstraubie48 6 weeks ago from sunny Florida Author

No doubt, happymommy....we feel their presence and while we miss their physical presence we remain in touch.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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Happymommy2520 7 weeks ago from East Coast

I believe that our loved ones that have passed on are still with us. They are now with us in a stronger more spiritual way. Beautiful Hub. Your niece and nephew are beautiful. They are your angels- until you meet again


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pstraubie48 10 months ago from sunny Florida Author

How kind you are, Randi. I can only say that God walks our walk with us...and as I have said so often, he carries us up and over the mountains that would otherwise be insurmountable.

My sister is recovering a bit at a time ...it is a process which some wish to hurry along.

It is so nice to see you on my page....Angels are once again headed your way ps


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pstraubie48 10 months ago from sunny Florida Author

How kind you are, Randi. I can only say that God walks our walk with us...and as I have said so often, he carries us up and over the mountains that would otherwise be insurmountable.

My sister is recovering a bit at a time ...it is a process which some wish to hurry along.

It is so nice to see you on my page....Angels are once again headed your way ps


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btrbell 10 months ago from Mesa, AZ

So very sorry to hear this news but so incredibly in awe of your indomitable spirit. You are a force to be reckoned with! Your family is blessed to have you and those of us who get to read your beautiful words are consistently enlightened.

Thank you!


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pstraubie48 12 months ago from sunny Florida Author

There is no doubt in my mind, Dana, that our loved ones are among the Angels who bless our lives daily.

And I do know that we will walk with them once again one day

Thank you for stopping to read and comment.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Dana Tate 12 months ago from LOS ANGELES

What a beautiful hub and exquisite poem. We can all take comfort that our loved ones are in a better place, free from this world. And yes I truly believe we will all see each other again. I have lost many family members and though I miss them dearly I think of them as angels watching over me.


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O, Faith, you are such a doll for taking the time to share such a sweet message with me. I do understand how it can happen that we miss a hub by a friend here on HubPages.

We are blessed as a family to have so many who love and support us.

Right now I am in Austin with my sister as we share fun times together...it is a way to help her (and me) to continue to heal.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

Dear Patricia,

I'm sorry for not knowing of your great loss until this day! I do understand as you say, about the sadness and yet being thankful too. Your family has endured much loss and you always seem to focus on the blessing of knowing and loving that one who has gone on and who you will see again one day.

I can't imagine the pain of having to go through the loss of a child, especially, the loss of two as your sister has had to endure.

It is evident how much your niece loved you and you her. You are an amazing and strong woman and I am blessed to know you.

Thank you for this beautiful message of love.

Peace, blessings, hugs and many Angels heading your way,

Theresa


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you tillsontitan...It has not been a journey we would have wished to take but thank God we have each other to walk these difficult walks with. We are recovering nicely.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps


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tillsontitan 14 months ago from New York

Patricia it is evident we all feel the sorrow of your loss. Your bravery and faith are an example for all to follow. It is easy to see why your niece loved you so much.

God bless you and your sister as you learn to cope, though it seems your faith is seeing you through. This is a beautiful and loving tribute and my wish for you is that your faith will always be your guide.


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Writing about the loss of those I love helps me and in this case and my nephew's case it helped my sister too ...it helps us to heal.

thank you Romeos for stopping by to read and leave a comment.

We are doing nicely now ...

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Awwww Moonlake so sorry ... but thank you for sharing your personal story too.

Thankfully we are recovering nicely as we all do....I am going to visit my sister in Texas ...leave the 26th ...and it will be a happy visit not one surrounded by loss.

Sending you many blessings and Angles and thansk for your good wishes. ps


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Romeos Quill 14 months ago from Lincolnshire, England

Such a beautiful tribute to your loved ones with beautiful poetry tracing such a heartfelt memorial.

Thank you so much for sharing with us.

R.Q.


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moonlake 14 months ago from America

How sad for the loss of your niece and nephew. I can't imagine what their mother is going through left on earth without her children. She is lucky she has you to comfort her.

Animals do miss their loved ones. I lost my husband in Dec. My miss him every day. Just before he died we lost our dog. Our animals also miss my husband every morning he combed our long haired Levi. Our cat Levi started to mourn from the time my husband went into hospice. This cat was also very close to our dog. Levi would pull his hair out hide in the basement. Long story short the vet has put him on Fluoxetine after I insisted something had to be done. He is laying by my keyboard right this minute something he has not done since Oct.

Prayers for your family.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes, often people are expected to 'get over it'....and that just does not do it. Feeling the loss, owning that it happened, and finding our joy once again is how we have climbed this mountain.

So nice to have you stop and comment, Eric.

I hope all is good with you today ...I am up in the wee hours making a cake for my friend's birthday :D

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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Ericdierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Patricia,

I commented briefly before as I was lost in thought over this. It is just so doggone important that folks in struggles can see a road map that leads us to greener pastures. We often become so sensitized to the importance of not trivializing great loss, that we go too far. We actually worry that we do not grieve enough. I just want to shake people and yell, "it is OK to grow and find joy again in life!", Thanks again for helping us to a see goodness.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

thank you for stopping to visit, Eric.

It was a difficult journey but one we all face in our lives. We have learned to allow ourselves to grieve and then to move on.

Sounds simple and quick...it is not..but it comes. And we so enjoy remembering the wonderful times we shared rather than being lost in sadness.

Angels are headed your way this morning ps


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Ericdierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

It was very good of you to share this story, may it help others. I am glad that you and yours have found such a peaceful path.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

How sweet of you, Linda. I know you lost your husband and your way of living with his death is much like how we do. It is part of life...and while we miss those who are gone...we celebrated the joyful times.

I am humbled by your comment.

Angels are on the way to you this evening dear Lady ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you DDE for visiting...I wish I could take credit for this poem and the carefully chosen words but the author (whose name is at the end of the poem, you may have missed it) is Linda Campanella.

She said what many of us feel.

It is so nice to see you. I hope all is going well for you.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes, Genna, we do find comfort in believing that they are together ---so very blessed that neither of them had to endure a long painful end of life.

Thank you for stopping to read and comment....we are so blessed. Angels are once again headed your way ps


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Sunshine625 15 months ago from Orlando, FL

I am so sorry for your families loss. I do understand the overwhelming feeling of peace. I welcome it and I hope it lasts for a while. Losing a loved one is heartbreaking, losing a child is devastating. Your sister lost two, bless her heart. Thank you for your positive outlook, you make me feel normal. You are so appreciated.


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DDE 15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Your strength allowed you to write such a beautiful poem.


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Genna East 15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

That your niece and her brother are both sharing heaven brings some peace of mind with such a tragic loss to you and your dear sister. And it is a blessing that she did not suffer when passing. Linda's poetry is simply beautiful. I also believe that those we love watch over us when they leave...and that we will meet again. Sending hugs.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Nadine...thank you for taking time to share such a thoughtful comment. We grow each day through the good times and the sad...and one lovely thing is that my precious niece is not trapped in an existence she would have loathed.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are right, Missy...things are never quite the same. And as I have mentioned the most difficult part of this loss was watching my precious sister grieve once more over a lost child.

Sending you warm greetings and Angels on this Sunday morning ps


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Nadine May 15 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

What a lovely tribute to your niece who herself went through the feelings grief brings to us all while in a human form. Feeling grief can be overwhelming, but as you said, you will meet again. We are just actors on a stage, but its nevertheless difficult to come to terms with the loss while we are in the flash.


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Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

I relate to this story as I have also lost my niece, and many others through the years. It was a beautiful tribute to her and so heartfelt. It is such a difficult thing to lose loved ones, you never quite feel the same.

Thanks for sharing your heart...:)


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

What a sweetheart you are to take time to share such thoughtful words. We are so blessed; I cannot say it enough, drbj....we have so many who sincerely care..

Again congrats on hubbie award and know that Angels are headed your way ps


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drbj 15 months ago from south Florida

Dear Patricia - This is a lovely tribute to your beloved sister who shared - and will continue to do so - a special place in your heart. I like to believe that somehow she knows exactly how much you miss her.

Please accept my deepest and most heartfelt sympathy. You are a strong woman - I know - and you will continue to be a comfort to the remaining members of your beautiful. loving family. Blessings.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Peggy I received your email and replied.

Hope all is good with you. Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

This has been a difficult time but we are on the road to mending....we have fewer tears and more joy now. Joy that she is not suffering.

Thank you Frank for your kind words and for taking the time to stop and read Angels are headed your way this evening ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you AuFait for your heartfelt words...how thankful and grateful I am and my family is that so many reach out to us across the planet...that after all, in my mind, is a huge part of why we are here...to reach out to others....

I am very touched by your comments.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Judy...do it..do get in touch with them. I had been saying to myself for months I was going to make the 7 hour drive to see my niece and I did not. Thank goodness we kept in touch by texting....

Thank you so much for stopping by...we are on the mend...

Angels are headed your way this evening. ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I know, Jackie.. Just wishing one more time to hold the hand of the precious person who is gone....but as I said I find great comfort in connecting when I am in nature.

Thank you so much for stopping to read and comment.

Angels are once again winging their way to you and yours ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, manatita for your kind words.

We have no more burdens than anyone else. Everyone has illness and death come to their lives. We are just blessed to have so many who care about us and help us walk through the pain.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Always exploring As I have said in several places, knowing that others identify with us and share our experience helps us to keep on keeping on.

I share your pain in the loss of those who preceded you in death.

Thank you so much for stopping to read and comment. ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I am surprised that was the only error...my eyes were having trouble seeing the screen for the tears...thanks for the heads up.

Angels are headed your way ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Rachel....We can understand or at least try to understand someone else's pain when we ourselves have lost someone special.

the hardest part of this loss what the pain my precious sister had to endure just two years after her son died. It was such a blow to her.

I so appreciate you stopping by Angels are headed to you and yours...and thank you too for the prayers.


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manatita44 15 months ago from london

This is extremely beautiful, Patricia. God bless you all!


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Peggy W 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Patricia,

I just sent you an email via HubPages regarding your travel plans to visit Texas. Look for it. Will look forward to your response.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you so much Ventakachari for stopping to comment. It is a journey...walking this walk but one that each of us walks many times during our life time.

Hoping all is good with youAngels are headed your way ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

hi georgiagal Thanks for stopping....we have no more than others to deal with I believe. I often laugh and say that adversity builds character and if that is so, I DO believe that my character is sufficiently built (at least for the time being).

We are blessed to be wished well by so many who care.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Peggy for your thoughtful words...we do miss her and so do many others but we are so thankful she did not linger and suffer endlessly.

We are so grateful for all of the friends who step up and support us during these times.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you bill for taking the time to add your thoughts...it is so helpful and comforting to know that others really do care...and truthfully I think we are just like everyone else...stuff happens and we deal with it and move on...Some stuff is easier to move on than others but with so much support we manage actually quite nicely...God is good

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Paula....I am so humbled by your words and know that the tears are rolling down my cheeks as I read your words and relive these moments...

Angels are once again headed your way ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Awwww my precious Totresa, my darling sister, it was just a way for us to be able to finally let go and know sweet girl child is now at peace.

Angels are on the way to you today padikay


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Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

i know its difficult losing someone and writing this hub must have hurt too, but wonderfully written and my heart goes out to you and your family bless you..


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Sheila for your kind words. We are so very blessed to have loving friends and family near and far who help us walk through our challenges.

We feel so at peace with her death even though she was so young as she was spared what might have been years of a horrid existence.

Angels are headed your way this morning ps


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Au fait 15 months ago from North Texas

What a lovely tribute to your niece. How awful for her mother to lose 2 children. I think losing one's child must be one of the hardest things a person can ever do. I know it's hard for you too, and that you were close and probably feel much like her second mother; it comes though in your words.

The Bible says we see things in this life as if through a veil. That we aren't seeing the real things, and indeed people who have had near death experiences often report the vibrancy of things they saw during their experience. The depth and richness of the colors and how much more alive everything seemed to be. People used to celebrate a person's passing compared to now when we celebrate their arrival.

Appreciate this tribute because I think it will be helpful to other people who have gone through similar experiences and possibly be helpful to people who are now learning to face similar situations that are now in progress.

I liken our time in this world something like a caterpillar in a chrysalis. Look how beautiful they become from their experience.

The poem was beautiful as was the song. I think I heard Dolly Parton in the background. Writing this tribute has surly helped you to accept this situation and I think your words will be greatly appreciated and helpful to many more people when they read this. It is so very kind of you to share this with everyone and in doing so to help many others. The beauty of writing is that we all touch so many hearts and souls.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean

"We do have each other." What a blessing. Linda Campanella's verses are so uplifting. She distracts us from our losses and asks us to target those still living with our love; but you have always done that. Now it's our turn to send you angels who bring strength, comfort and hope. A really heartfelt read!


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tirelesstraveler 15 months ago from California

Oh Pat, I am sorry . Thank you for showing me why I need to get in touch with my family and be grateful for them. Blessing, Judy


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Jackie Lynnley 15 months ago from The Beautiful South

This is so beautiful ps. My mom has been gone over five years now and so often I have that longing to be able to reach out and touch her or just have another word with her. I know your feelings and I also know my mom is so much better off where she is at; it is over for her and she will never hurt again. So we do find happiness in those thoughts and knowing I will be with her in a short while along with others we loved gone too. It is our faith that there is an ever after and it is so much bigger than anything we have ever known.

God bless you. Maybe we will meet there one day!


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manatita44 15 months ago from london

Struggle ... struggle ... in your life and those of the family. What can I say? My empathy may mean something, but I feel inadequate to talk about your experience.

You seem to bear it well, and so in that sense, I send you a warm hug and an embrace from my Heart of beauty, and a life striving to live in Love.

The poem is super-inspirational and should help some, I'm sure. God's Love and blessingful Light to you, Patricia.


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

I love that you know that you will see aunt Pat again in heaven. I believe the same. I've lost sisters and brothers that are together in heaven with our mother. This was a beautiful share. Thank you.


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Perspycacious 15 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

The third to last sentence needs a "one" to replace a "when".

This is a heartfelt testimony to life after death, and to love in mortality.


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Rachel L Alba 15 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Oh, Pat, I understand completely. 2 years ago on August 11, my only brother, who was 3 years old then me died suddenly, leaving his wife and three children. He had children late in life. He had a massive heart attack and was just gone. The family is still trying to cope, especially the children and his wife. He was such a good brother, took care of me in school and never got mad at me when I was being a little pain in the neck to him. I like the idea of seeing him again. I picture him now with my mother and father. I always pray for those who lost loved ones, I pray for their grief and for God's love to comfort them. Now I will put a your name to the list.

Blessings to you and your sister.


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Venkatachari M 15 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Wonderful hub. It's more than a tribute to the deceased person. The eternal love, bondage and care - everything flowing from the heart.


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georgialgal1984 15 months ago from United States

So so sorry to hear of your loss! Wow, you are going through so much in your family now, yet your positive and uplifting spirit is encouraging to see. May you be comforted in the love you shared with them and all the memories you have to hold dear too. Take care~ :)


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Peggy W 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

My sincere condolences on the loss of your dear niece, Patricia. You, your sister and others in your family miss her but it is comforting to know that you will get to see her again in the next life. She sounded like a truly loving person regarding not only people but animals as well. Hopefully someone kind is looking after them now that she has gone on to a better place.

My mother-in-law lingered for almost 6 months after a series of strokes that totally incapacitated her. In that sense, it is a blessing that your niece's death came so easily.

Thanks for sharing the photos and opening your heart and telling us a bit about this remarkable young woman. Hugs and love to you and your family. Sharing your heartfelt story with others who may draw comfort from it as well as the wonderful video and song.


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billybuc 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

Evidently, dear friend, your family has been given the burden of excess loss and pain so that others won't have to experience it. Of course that's illogical but that's what it seems like. Hugs to you for your loss; kudos to you for the way you handle loss, with dignity and love. I have no more words.

blessings, hugs and love heading your way

bill


Totresa 15 months ago

My precious sister, you have outdone your self with this memorial to

my daughter.My tears are sliding down my face ,but I know that one day we'll meet again.


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fpherj48 15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

This is overwhelmingly sad, yet you have expressed the existence of coming to terms with such tragedies and finding peace. "Beautiful."

There is no description in words for the depth of pain from the loss of a child. For the majority of us, this is simply unthinkable. Yet somehow in various ways, smiles can return and hope is restored. The loss is always there, but by sharing LOVE, we can and do feel the presence of our loved ones.

As I wipe away tears.....thank you for this comforting message. Paula


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sgbrown 15 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

Losing someone you love is so very difficult. I feel for you and your family, you have had a lot of losses, more than your share. The poem is so beautiful! I am going to write it down as I want to keep it to have read at my funeral. (Hoping that doesn't come too quickly!) I am praying for peace and comfort for you and your family.

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