As I make my way through the "journey of grief," since the loss of our son, Kevin, in 2002, I have found that this quote by Elizabreth Ammons is true for each day and every step along the path of pain and sorrow toward hope and healing peace,
I have also found that at various times during my journey that I have done and continue to do all of the things Elizabeth mentions in this quote . . . shed tears, smiled, closed my eyes wishing to see Kevin again, reflected on his legacy, felt as though my heart was empty, filled up with love to be shared, wished I could go back in time, am happy, always cherishing the treasured memories. I have cried, closed my mind and felt empty, BUT, I have also smiled, opened my heart, loved and am going on with HOPE!.
I'm sure any mom reading this now will agree that all of the above happens to us at different times.
As "moms like me" we make a choice everyday to focus on what we need to focus on to make our way through our pain and sorrow. Gladly and thankfully, most of the the moms I know seem to focus mostly on choosing to "smile, open their heart, love and go on" and that's because we have HOPE for better days ahead and being reunited with our child one day, and that changes everything.
With Faith, Hope and Love,
Angie "a mom like you"