As I’ve mentioned before, I can be a bit of a planner. On Saturday I had a list of things to do, since Sunday was a full day away with commitments. Getting some posts written for this week and next were on that list.

Just as I was leaving to attend an event Saturday afternoon I found out that one of my dearest friend’s mother had passed away on Friday. Her mother had battled with breast cancer several times and this time the doctors said they’ve done everything they can do.

Katie and I have had some similar struggles/challenges in life when it comes to family. Our circumstances have been different, but we’ve been able to relate and truly vent to someone else who understands/listens.

I can’t find the right word or words to describe how I felt when I found out Katie’s mom had passed. I’m still mourning my brother’s death. In addition, Katie and I had younger brothers. We are learning how to be an only child after growing up and having a brother around. Then to learn that her mother had passed, broke my heart and a different kind of mourning started.

I can’t fathom what Katie is going through, thinks, or feels. When my brother passed there was so much I could say and share with Katie, because she understood. She understood exactly what I was feeling and going through because she went through it. I sat on her couch and broke down, months after my brother had passed and it was one of the most comfortable moments of my life.

We all have experienced the death of a loved one. It hurts. A lot.

I’ve been mourning with my friend, even though we aren’t in the same state. I’ve been praying for peace and comfort for her family, despite the other emotions that are felt during this time. I’ve been acknowledging my own mourning for my brother, because I realized this morning there’s more for me to let go than I thought.

It’s been an emotional week.

It’s another reminder to continue celebrating life while here on earth. It’s another reminder to thank God each morning when I’m invited to have another day with Him. It’s another reminder to celebrate other people and their exciting news and accomplishments. It’s another reminder to do so many things for others just because you can.

I don’t have a well thought out statement to wrap up this post. It’s something I wanted to share and get out.

I truly hope you all have been having a good week. If you have a prayer request, please leave it below. I’d love to be able to do that for you during your time of need.

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