Happy: A Quest for Life After Death

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My mom, 1944-2011


My mom died today, much sooner than I expected. Last month, I was afraid her bout with cancer would be a re-run of Mat's. I almost wish it had been five long years instead of five short months. For her sake I'm glad she didn't suffer more. Selfishly, I wish I had been able to say good-bye.

Good-bye, mom. I love you.

20 comments:

ellen said...

When your mom visited a few years ago to help out after Mat's surgery I suggested we go on a day trip to Maine to give her a little break. When she told me that was the ONE state she hadn't been to, I insisted we go. I made her get out of the car and took her picture in front of the big welcome to Maine sign. It was a really nice day.

I love your mom too. I'm stunned and sad that she's gone.

Sarah said...

Kimberlee, I am still stunned. To receive your Dad's email today my heart hurt. I am in Seattle for work for 24hours. I was able to reach Dean and he was in near silence when I told him. I have such fond memories of your Mom and her chalupa is prepared monthly just as she taught me in her own kitchen! What an honor to have known her. We love you guys and hope there is peace in all of this for everyone!

EmilyCC said...

Oh, Kimberly, I'm so so sorry and sad! I hope you feel the love of so many of us who love you and are praying for better days for you.

amydear said...

What a tough year for you, Kimberly. I am sorry for yet another loss. I will continue to pray for you and your family! I wish there was more I could do.

Heather Parry said...

Dear Cancer-
Leave Kimberly alone. Enough already.

I am so, so sorry for your loss. What a year this is shaping up to be for you! Oh friend, my heart hurts for you. I'll be sending love and prayers your way.

Drewmeister said...

My heart is so sad on your behalf Kimberly. You and your boys are still in my thoughts and prayers.

aly said...

2011 has been such a cruel year! I'm so sorry.

Katie said...

My heart breaks once again for your loss. We love you.

Jenn Jenson said...

I was stunned when I read this a few hours ago. Now, I can't stop thinking about it.

Kimberly, I am heartbroken for you. And angry. Heather said it well, "Enough already."

I'm also feeling guilty about the stationery I have been carrying around in my "to do" envelope for almost two months. I planned to write a really nice letter for Sheryl, the Mom who did such a wonderful job shaping the Kimberly that we all love so much. I could kick myself.

My thoughts are with you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Kimberly, your mom always wanted to be here for you. She still will. I am so sorry. You mom was the best Best Friend/Sister one could ever hope to have in this life. I will forever miss her too.
Love to you and your boys,
Darlene

BunchesofBradys said...

My heart aches for you. Where are the kleenex's?
I'll pray for you! I miss your smiling face.

Eileen said...

Kimberly, I am so sorry. I wish I could do something to make this different and better. I am so saddened for you and the boys. I feel lucky that I met your mom when she helped in the classroom. Very wonderful woman, like her daughter.

The Proud Llama said...

Aw, crap! I'm so sorry for your second huge loss this year. Totally not fair. Sending lots of love and hugs your way.

Cami said...

That sucks. I'm so sorry. She seems like a great woman (like her daughter).

esl625 said...

Kimberly,
My heart aches for your loss, I am just shocked that this has happened to your family - you have had enough. I pray that this is it and time will heal your hearts and fill you with peace. Christine

Rachel Morrow said...

So much of your mom will live on, here on earth, through you, your sisters and brother. She was beyond amazing and I can't imagine why God needs her more than you, but who are we to pretend we comprehend His plan?
To quote my mom, "She leaves a hole on earth 10,000 people could never fill."

Greenwood Family said...

I am so so sad right now, and so stunned. I loved your mom, and wished I had a mom just like yours- caring, interested, smart, graceful, generous, hard working and so devoted to her family. She made other mom's (me, for example) look like total slackers, but that was the exact opposite of how she made me FEEL when I was with her- she was always very validating and compassionate and optimistic. Your mom was wise and funny and strong. This doesn't make any sense at all...? Out of everyone I know-- your mom was the most alive! I am in total shock. My heart is broken (for the second time this year) for you and your family. This is the worst news. I ache for you, Kimberly. I also love you and hope you are OK, wherever you are.

Joe said...

I told my wife that today is a sad day for me - hearing that my Intel buddy Sheryl had passed away was a heartbreak for me and I know for anyone who knew her...she was the BEST! Life is just NOT FAIR when someone so wonderful is taken from us. My heart aches for you and your brother and sisters and for your Dad. Prayers and love to all of you.
Joe Williams

lifeinredshoes said...

I don't know what to say? Well I do, but it wouldn't be appropriate.
I am ever so sorry for your losses.

One Woman's Thoughts said...

So sorry about your mom. You've been through a lot. The love you shared will always stay with you.