(I have been keeping very busy. I hope to have a meaty post up tomorrow afternoon. Certainly, come the weekend I will spend the next week catching up with the posts and my sadly neglected email. In the meantime, I have this lovely little piece from our reader, Rosemary. It touched me because, when my Mother died, this poem was what most consoled my father. Alas, Rosemary sent a lovely picture a family member drew that fit this story nicely…but in a format I can’t copy. If you send me pictures to accompany an article, please send it under separate cover or a I may not be able to download it. We had over a hundred people at the Ft. Lauderdale meeting tonight…and I have toured several magnificent spots where people are working nearly unheralded to be a sign of hope. I will write about many of them as I catch up – CJ)
In memory of our wonderful mother, Kathleen, otherwise known as Nana to many who loved her…
When Nana’s final journey began at the hospital in April, Maggie and her fiancé, Alex, came home to be with her. Within a day or so, Alex drew on her board in the hospital room the picture to the right. I found myself looking at it so very many times over the next days and nights and smiling….
A book on dying was recommend to me by hospice nurses a few days later. It was read through shortly before mom’s death and when the last page came containing the poem, at the top of this page, my heart leapt. The picture Alex had drawn was the poem in picture form…down to the drawing of the same ship…and no, he hadn’t any knowledge of the book.
As a side note, Maggie related that a song kept going through her head during those last days with Nana. It turned out to be the melody from a favorite movie of hers and of Alex—The Lord of the Rings… and she wasn’t aware of any lyrics…she only knew the melody (played at the end of the movie). After researching the song, she found there were indeed lyrics …they were found to be about a ship sailing to new shores with good souls aboard and out of harm’s way…just like the poem…a beautiful gift!