If you’ve ever lost someone close to you due to death, you know how hard it can be to find your passion for life again.
I lost my mother to colon cancer in September 2007, and it was one of the hardest challenges I’ve ever had to face. I felt alone and helpless. I had so many questions for God about why he chose to take my mom because I wasn’t ready for her to leave yet. I told him that she hadn’t seen my son, Caleb grow up and get married and have children of his own.
There were so many more things that I wanted to accomplish in my life that my mom would never get to share in. The emotions were so overwhelming. I felt like I was going to lose my mind if I didn’t figure out how to channel all those thoughts, feelings, and emotions. The first thing I did was to try and get all of those thoughts out of my head and on paper.
So, I began to journal about everything I was feeling. One of the recurring questions
I had was, “What am I going to do without my mom?”
Through the journaling process my healing began.
I was able to recall conversations I had with my mom about the death of her parents and how she managed to get through it. Her answer to me was, it’s okay to be sad, but eventually you have to move on with your life. Her words played out over and over in my mind. I knew that my mom would want me to be happy and move forward with my life.
My challenge was to figure out how. The more I wrote, the more I realized that my mom had taught me everything I needed to know on how to live a victorious life. She set a good example of how to deal with struggle and setbacks.
The book, Lessons From the Heart: How I Found Meaning From My Dying Mother explores ten lessons I learned from my mom that have helped me move forward without my mom and go on to experience a happy and fulfilling life. Pick up a copy of the book and be inspired on how you, too can find meaning for your life after the death of loved one.