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REMEMBERING SUSAN – PART 2

Susan’s messages tell my story in a beautiful way and I will never forget her wisdom and love. Continue reading

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REMEMBERING SUSAN – PART 1

I will be playing a song with my guitar to honor Susan at the memorial service. It’s going to be hard for me to sing without crying. Continue reading

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MY MOTHER, MY SONG

In Hebrew, my mother’s name Shirley means my song. My mother was an exquisite song in my life. She is a magnificent melody that I will continue humming until the day I die.
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ONE DAY, YOUR PAIN WILL GO AWAY – PART 2

I was so relieved that my mother’s suffering was finally over. Music was God’s gift to lift me up. Today, God was with my mother and me. Continue reading

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ONE DAY, YOUR PAIN WILL GO AWAY – PART 1

I had prayed my mother would die in her sleep. This was the same horror show I saw when my father died. Why, why, why? Why does a person have to suffer dying when there are such humane alternatives? Continue reading

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YOU WERE THERE – PART 4

I was so blessed to be with her and help her to the light. It was so amazing and beautiful that I feel inspired, rather than sad. My mother loved me so much and knew that I was with her until the very end. I was singing a song right into her ear and when I sang the last word – she opened her eyes, sighed and let go. Continue reading

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THROUGH THE DARKNESS

I walked into the nursing home and ached when I saw my mother. Her face was contorted and her brow was deeply furrowed as she gasped and moaned with every breath. I was heartsick and beside myself. Continue reading

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IT FEELS SO DARK – PART 3

I cannot bear to watch as she gurgles to breathe. It’s a horror. Today, I had to choose between morphine and an antibiotic. It was a hard decision. Continue reading

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I SEARCHED FOR A SMILE

I bent close to my mother’s face. I clutched her hands and they were soft and warm. It was just the two of us. But we were not really alone. I felt the presence of death and so did my mother. I put my head against her cheek and she slowly mouthed a kiss upon me. I began to cry. Continue reading

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ALL YOUR STRENGTH IS IN ME

Was her death is imminent? In a few days I would know. It seemed possible that she could recover as she had many times before. But she was certainly not going to live forever. My mother was weak, tired and frail. In my heart, perhaps it was time. Continue reading

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