A couple days ago I became aware of a cousin who moved (temporarily) close to me, so close it is only 20-30 minutes maximum to drive there.
I was excited to hear she was back in the state and hoped we could get together. Then, sad news came, she was here to care for her daughter who had cancer. I have never actually met this cousin, or her daughter, but I took this news pretty hard. I offered to be of assistance in any way shape or form they might need me.
The next email came and I learned my cousin's daughter has actually passed away. She was only 50 years old and battled cancer for 3 1/2 years. The news shocked me and I felt hopeless and extremely sad. I never had the opportunity to help them, or meet Pam. I know my cousin is having a very difficult time especially because the funeral is tomorrow, Friday morning at 10:30. The mass/service is in the town right next to mine. I want to go and support the family.
After I learned this today, my husband came home and informed me a past neighbor and friend has also passed away. He too had cancer. He had been given the gift of life 27 years ago by a family that lost their son. The family decided to donate his organs. Our friend received the sons heart. By being gifted this heart our friend was able to watch his children grow, and have their own children. He had a great life and we are grateful his time dealing with cancer was short.
Upon reading the obituary for our friend I found out his funeral service is also tomorrow. His will be in the town I live in, half an hour later than the mass for Pam.
I can not attend both of these services. I thought about my husband going to the friends (they were friends before I came into the picture) service and I could go to the cousins service.
Then, I looked at my schedule for tomorrow, and wonder why and how I aways squeeze so much into a day.
We will see what tomorrow brings. I know no matter what I will be carrying a heavy heart with me all day.
© Annmarie Campbell
I took a trip to heaven
But only in my mind
I wanted to know what it's like
To leave all you love behind.
So I closed my eyes, and started to see
Just how beautiful heaven can be.
I could see the pearly gates of white
and behind them was the most radiant light.
I saw an angel as she was passing by
so incredibly beautiful that a tear fell from my eye.
Everyone looked perfect and with the angels they did sing
There are no earthly words to describe the beauty of their wings.
As I sat on a bench in the most incredible garden
I asked God for all of my sins to be pardoned
I took one last look at all of the beauty around
And when I opened my eyes, it was peace that I found.
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