My mother passed away last night surrounded by her children. Below is a poem I've been building in my mind the last few days, out on the snowy trails while I've been running with my dog and wrestling with the reality of my mother leaving this earth:
"My tears falling one by one, so bittersweet, each one filled with exquisite grief...only to sink back into the warm arms of Mother Earth."
Mom fell and broke her hip just over two years ago. My siblings and I have been taking turns caring for her so that she could stay in her little California home. I've flown out to California many times over the last year and each time I brought you along. I gathered some of the blog posts from my "shifts" with mom and have included them here. I am so proud of my family for the way we have surrounded mom with tender, patient, and loving care that allowed her to pass on in the home she bought as a single parent forty years ago!
I'm flying out in the morning to help sisters and brother make arrangements.
Below is mom and all her children, (we lost two of our siblings over the years)
...I'm the one holding the cat, of course! :)
Sisters love, hold, and dance my mom's way to the other side in her last few hours:
Thank you all for keeping me company on this journey.
Blog posts from my time with mom in California:
Our Memorial Blog for mom.