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The Best Mom I Know, My Sister Celia
She Is An Incredible Mother Who Lost Both Her Children
My younger sister, Celia, was my role model as a Mom from the time we got together! Got together? Yes, we grew up separately because I was adopted before she was born. When I was in my early 30's, I met this incredible woman and we bonded instantly. So did our very young children; my daughter Carianne, my son John, and her son Sean. I was thrilled to have a brand new nephew to love, along with my sister and her husband.
Celia had tragically lost her daughter, Lauren, at birth. She faced that loss with amazing strength and went on to bear this wonderful son, Sean. Celia was the mom who did everything right! She baked cookies for school, went to PTA meetings, spent every spare free minute when she wasn't working as a hairdresser enjoying time with her son. They were as close as a mother and son could be.
My daughter, Cari, and her Sean were so much alike that we were constantly amazed at their similarities! They thought and acted the same. They loved the same ice cream flavor, the same foods, the same interests, music, just about the same everything. My son John and Sean loved to play all the little boy games together and had a blast every time we got together. We had just moved to Omaha and Celia's family lived in Kansas City, where we were from originally.
Sean had a great love of music and Celia was right there supporting him, gifting him with a guitar that he grew proficient in playing. She simply loved him, did everything to be there for him, and loved nothing more than spending time with him.
Sean grew up to be a wonderful young man, successfully graduating college and landing more than one great job. He was on a fast track to an exciting career. He still loved his music and that was a huge part of his life.
When Sean moved out on his own, he was never too busy to drop by his Mom's for frequent visits and hangout time. His many friends were always welcome in Celia's home, all of them considering her a second mother to them.
Sadly, Celia faced the loss of a lifetime when Sean's life ended suddenly in December, 2012. Although devastated, she is facing this enormous loss with grace and faith. She has faith that she will see her beloved children again someday in Heaven. Meanwhile, as she carries on, she is doing things to honor her son every way she can.
I could never have the strength this incredible woman has shown. She is an example of faith to me constantly. Quite simply, I adore Celia and hold her up as a shining example of the best mom ever. Even though her children will not spend Mother's Day with her, she is still a Mother to them and will carry her love for them forever.
"I can do all things though Christ who strengthens me."
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Helpful Links To Note...
- Compassionate Friends
If you and your family have experienced the loss of a child, The Compassionate Friends can help you find the support, understanding and healing to work through your grief.
- Resources For Parents - Loss Of A Child
This site is a site where grieving parents can come and talk about thier children and deal with all the pain and sorrow they are feeling.
- Judy's Child Loss 4 Moms Online Support Group ~Main Page~
A support group for bereaved Moms
A support group for bereaved parents
Cari & Sean Hangin' Out
A parent is still a parent even if they have lost their child. Take a moment this Mother's Day to acknowledge a Mom who has been bereaved.
May God bless my late niece, Lauren, and my nephew, Sean.