This is a post about dealing with the loss of a loved one. I know that it is a topic that people do not usually discuss. It will not be a post about all of the financial things that need to be done in order to make sure that your loved ones are provided for. I have written other posts which cover some of these things. This post will be about what I believe about death and angels. Come with me on my journey, but Prepare yourself.
Death has been part of my life since I can remember and it is certainly something that I rarely discuss. When I was nine years old, my mother died after a quick battle with breast cancer. As a mother, I can only imagine the difficulty in knowing that you were leaving your five children behind. That thought alone can at times overwhelm me.
The question still lingers as to why the discussion never took place that she was leaving me forever, and only now can I respect the fact that saying goodbye for a nine year old child would have been emotionally overwhelming.
It was the beginning of learning how to live without those that I loved so dearly. At eighteen, it was time to say goodbye to my Nana, a process that I was grateful took almost a year. Daily visits to the hospital room taught me invaluable lessons on life, laughter and eventually death. To have a strong, funny and loving Irish woman in my life for eighteen years was an honor and privilege.
But with all of the loss, I have a strong sense that they are still with me. I can feel them around me and at certain times in my life, my angels have gotten me through the joys and sorrows that life has thrown at me. I am certain that both my mother and Nana have witnessed my wedding, birth of my daughters and major moments in my life, the good and the bad. They have held me up when I needed them the most and I am eternally grateful for their presence.
This is not to minimize the difficult process of grief and loss. Life is unfair and no one gets to escape the process. But in the last few weeks, I have witnessed the true value of having an angel guide me and aid those of us who are still here on earth. I have witnessed the power of healing and the understanding that although our loved ones are not here in front of us, they are all around us. And that should comfort us all.
So for all of those believers (or even those non-believers), thank your protective angels. And for my little nine year old self who thought that I had lost my mother forever, the knowledge that she is right here with me brings me great happiness. Thank you, Mom for guiding me on this incredible journey.
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