I”m so sorry, Shawna. No matter how sick or old …

Comment on Of Matriarchs and Memories by Elaine Mansfield.

I”m so sorry, Shawna. No matter how sick or old or faded she was,, it’s jarring when someone who has always beenin your life, suddenly or not so suddenly, is gone. I’ve been a weight lifter for years and so was my husband. After he died, I tried to stay fit the way he tried so diligently when going through cancer therapy. It also helps blow out the grief steam. Second. It’s OK to cry–in front of your kids, with your kids, with your mom. If they aren’t used to sharing hard feelings, it’s a moment to teach your family that sharing grief makes the closest family love bonds. It isn’t all just happiness in this life. Kids know that and we can teach them it’s OK to grieve. and somehow we survive.

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