Hello, my dear friends! I’m not officially back from my bereavement time here on the blog, but there’s something I wanted to share with you anyway. First, my heartfelt thanks for all the support, prayers and encouragement I have received. As I shared earlier on Facebook, your kind words and thoughtfulness have been a light for me in the darkness of grief. A piece of my heart will always be missing without my Mom-mom, but your love has filled my heart in another way, and reminded me that mine isn’t broken completely. I wish I could give each of you a hug right now!
Tomorrow will make one week since my grandmother’s memorial service, although time has been a blur for me. I haven’t fully bounced back from all the preparations we made for her service, and aside from a journal entry, this blog post is the first thing I’ve written since my last goodbye to her.
However, I wrote something in her memory last week. One of my best friends read it aloud on my behalf at the memorial service. I’d like to share it here as well, in Mom-mom’s honor.
I’m not a poet, but I wrote this one out of love… and memory.
Pages of Memory
by Sarah R. Munson
In the library of my heart
Are shelves in rows and rows
And as I walk I start
To consider all my memory book shows
I bring it down with care
And open to my favorite page
To think of each memory we got to share
How you were there in every stage
When I was small, you were my favorite playmate
You could always make me laugh at any game
Every moment spent with you was a special date
Now without you, life can’t be the same
Pressed between the pages like flowers
Are our sunny, laughing days and late nights
All the times we talked and laughed for hours
The way you were so full of heaven’s light
I remember us walking hand in hand
Taking trips to church, the library and store
Loving every instant together, planned and unplanned
I couldn’t possibly love those times more
In the book of memories are also
Lessons I learned from you
All the boundless love you’d show
The kind, generous things you would do
Each sentence of our story is etched upon my heart
And although our time together had to end
So you could experience heaven’s new start,
You’ll always be both my grandmother and my friend
I know you will never be far from me
Forever you live, in my heart’s pages of memory.
Thank you again for your kindness and understanding for me in this time of remembrance. That friendship is something I hold onto, and will never forget.
With love & gratitude,