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One year ago today Nana joined the Lord in Heaven. I know she was so ready to be away from the pain of this Earth and eager to experience eternal life with God. While I miss her greatly I try very hard to still think of her often and not to be sad when I speak her name or remember her. I truly believe she is able to see me from Heaven (read the book Heaven if you don’t believe me!) and I don’t want her to see me sad or unable to think of her without crying. I’m so thankful for ALL the amazing times I got to spend with her and the wonderful memories and stories I’ll be able to pass down to my children. I know she was ready to go home before we were ready for her to leave but I’m grateful for her for sticking it out down here long enough to be part of my wedding day and get to hold my first born baby. Those are times I will forever cherish.
I found this poem and thought it was very fitting for today:
Death is Nothing at all
Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used to.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.
All is well.
I miss you Nana and will remember you always and love you forever!