One of the most moving tributes that I have ever been witness to was our niece, Tara, who lit a candle and spoke of her deceased mother at each Christmas…after Mary Jane’s untimely passing. The lighting of the candle and the words of tribute and sadness, that Tara spoke…were some of the most moving Christmases that I have ever experienced.
2013 was a difficult year for the Brooks family. MJ was treated for breast cancer in January, with a great prognosis, and mom left us in October…after a long battle with Alzheimers Disease.
Mom and I were very close. We had seen a lot of hard times together. She always had my back! One of the first jobs that I had, where I felt that my boss was a bit abusive, I considered that if I told mom…she would tell him where to get off…in colorful language.
When a loved one leaves us…there is a hole in our heart that will never be filled. So much of our lives are inextricably intertwined with others. Christmas will never be the same…because our loved one…was a large part of the holiday!
So, we will sit at the Christmas Table…and we will reach over to hold the hand of our departed…and we will know in our heart that they see us and are with us and that they love us!
They are just in the other room……