This has been an interesting year. By interesting I mean incredibly difficult and yet amazingly endowed with blessings. Sorrow upon sorrow, joy upon joy.
Endings, beginnings and things in process. Tears, laughter, memories, new adventures ahead.
Lessons learned, more yet to come.
Earlier in the year MOMD lost 2 siblings in 2 months. Of course Mark and Lynn are not lost. In all reality they are in a better place. It is those left behind that feel the loss. Both of them were wonderful men…loved by family and friends. Military veterans. Loving husbands. Terrific Dads/Grandpas. Sorely missed.
April seemed to be going along quite well until the final week. Karen, my only sibling, died suddenly and unexpectedly. Words escape me as I process this void. Loved and missed by MOMD, her nieces and nephews, extended family and childhood friends it sometimes seems incomprehensible that she is no longer available to laugh with about dumb things. She was as quiet as I am noisy, loyal to those she loved, shy and yet she had an opinion or two. I will be writing more about her in upcoming posts.
Grief is a process. Sometimes it slams, at other times it sneaks in. Either way, the healthiest way for me to navigate this is to cry (like now), to laugh, to allow those who have been so gracious to us to nurture us when we didn’t even know what we needed.
MOMD and I are learning so much. There are fabulous transitions ahead, many of which I’ll be sharing in future posts.
If possible, call your siblings, friends, loved ones and let them know you were thinking of them. Forgive quickly. Practice self-care. Dance if you are able.