Here we are folks, over a year out from losing my mom. What a long journey.
Billy’s mom referred to this as the year of firsts. Seems appropriate.
It was indeed a year of firsts without Mom.
I read through some old posts tonight, starting from last August through the 31 days in October. You know, I went through the 31 days last October without a theme. Looking at it now, the theme probably could have been 31 Days of Surviving Grief. I read those entries and felt gratitude and relief. That wasn’t my life anymore. My life isn’t defined by crushing grief. While there are still hard days, and I still feel stuck at times, it does not compare to the intensity of last year.
Last week, I thought about what I’ve learned this past year. So I made a list. And then I had to edit the list to make some of the language a bit more blog friendly.
· You can’t grow out of needing your parents.
· Some people are real jerks to those who are grieving. But those people are probably jerks at other times as well.
· The grief never goes away.
· The grief can appear in the most random moments.
·It can be really hard to be a helper when you are dealing with your own crisis.
· When the grief feels consuming, it is time to ask for help. Even the helpers need helpers.
· Holidays can suck. Mother’s Day was the absolute worst.
· Support can come in the most unexpected places. And from the expected ones, of course.
· Routine is healing.
And what I’ve learned from reading through those old posts…hope remains.
There are so many of you who have helped me through this past year. Some of you have shared some of my darker grief moments. I want all of you to know how much your thoughts, prayers, actions and words of encouragement have meant to me. There is no way I would have made it through this past year without all of your support. Thank you.