We just returned home from a wonderful Spring Break vacation. It was so special for so many reasons but one was this book:
I read about it somewhere (probably Amazon) and bought it and I’m so happy I did. It wasn’t the best vacation read I could have chosen… I cried ALL the way through it… but I LOVED its message SO much that I really want to start a group just to talk about it and put her ideas into action! I think it could be fun to do it together with girlfriends!
After losing her mom to cancer at a young age, the author discovered that the surviving family members don’t always get the loving support they need so she began asking questions and has given us the gift of this book.
I feel like all my memory-keeping is for this end… to help show me and my kids what we did and who we are. Years ago I read a story in People magazine about a mom dying of cancer (in England, I think) and she prepared a long, detailed list for her husband. Things to remember after she had gone. Things like: check her hair for nits and let her buy a new dress for each school dance. I don’t think I realized how difficult major milestones like graduations, weddings or holidays would be for surviving children. For example, I definitely prepare the Easter baskets so that needs to go on my list of reminders. Gemini recommends simply writing a letter to be opened as a future surprise. She says you cannot imagine the comfort even just one letter will bring your surviving family 🙂
After attending several funerals over the past year, I have more work to do. Think of the funeral arrangements alone! What would that look like and how would my family be able to make those decisions while suffering with overwhelming sadness? My husband has generously over-prepared for the unlikely future without him and I want to help my family by preparing now for the unlikely future without me.
Does all this sound morbid? It brings me comfort… so I guess I just need to get started!