10 Years

KeishaBW2I want to express my sincere and heartfelt gratitude for everyone who has been on this journey with us. I call it a journey because it has taken on many forms over the years.

When devastation such as losing a family member occurs, everything in your present life is altered. Especially when the person is so young and the passing is tragic and sudden. All that you “thought” you knew to be true is shattered. Your thoughts and emotions are severely enhanced and you see things from a completely different perspective. You begin to understand the “bigger picture” in life, that is once the dense fog has lifted, and tend to let the small minute things go.

One of the hardest things to understand and accept is how the family dynamic changes. An intricate piece of the puzzle is now missing. The chain is broken and so are we. It’s very difficult to see beyond your own grief. At a time when your loved ones desperately need your support, you fail to provide the comfort they need. That in itself is tragic and relationships can suffer because of it. You try to be understanding and forgiving but again, emotions are at an all time high and can take on a life of their own.

Some relationships cannot survive the grief and others will thrive. The ones that thrive will provide the love and strength you require to stay present in your life today. To be able to see beyond what has been taken away and concentrate on all of the blessings that still surround you.

So in conclusion, the last decade has been a turbulent ride to say the least. The most important thing to take away from it all is to savor all that matters in this life and love deeply with your whole heart. Be present in the moment and make sure those you love know how you feel.

Linda MacDonald