Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Night of Remembrance


It's a clear, cold night tonight, similar to the night almost a year ago that Mom passed away. Tonight I attended an event at Mom's assisted living facility. It was a gathering to remember those who had passed away in 2009. The staff and families of other residents remembered us even though Mom was there only 4 months. We reminisced about each loved one who had passed away which brought both laughs and tears to the group. I was sad to see those who followed Mom to Heaven, and I was surprised to find many of the staff still there. I think that says a lot about the type of care they gave to our loved ones. All of them hugged me and asked how I was doing, how my sister is doing and they told me how much they missed having Mom under their care. Many of the residents live on, cared for by staff and family who love and cherish them. After each name was read and memories were shared, an ornament engraved with the name of the loved one was hung on a tree. After all of the names were read the tree was lit. It was a very special way to remember Mom during this holiday season.

5 comments:

J said...

O My! How lovely. I know it was bittersweet for you but it sounded like a wonderful tribute to the ones who had crossed over.
(((Robyn)))

rilera said...

J, it was indeed a lovely tribute. Thanks for stopping by.

nancy said...

thinking of you and glad you were able to attend the remembrance service. it does help with the closure. (((hugs))))

jutka said...

As painful as it is, your remembrance of your dear Mom will make you stronger to accept your loss. Oh,how I know it.

rilera said...

Nancy! I'm so happy to see you, thanks for stopping by.

Jutka, I'm thinking of you, I know this time of year is hard for you and that you miss your dear husband. (((hugs)))