Reading Over Last Year’s Condolences

When I returned home last January after Mom’s death and the Celebration of Life, I found condolence cards sent by my friends. Here are some of the messages:

You have honored your mom’s life with your writing and may you cherish fond memories forever.” from Becca

You carry within you, Ginger, a beautiful bouquet to forever remind you of the wonderful woman she was. Your warm remembrances of her, as well as the gifts you gave her by putting them all into books, are yours forever. Our hearts go out to you.” from Jackie and Ed

“You’re so lucky to have had your mom for so long. Now you have the memories and the books.”  from Kerry

“It is so hard to lose a mother! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.” from Helen and Don

“…may my prayers lift you up to him who sees and touches the mother-less places with his love.”  from Chris

Hallmark and other card makers had some lovely sentiments too:

  • What the heart has once owned… it shall never lose. H.W. Beecher
  • Take comfort and strength from your lasting memories of her
  • May you find comfort in the many loving memories you’ll carry in your heart forever
  • May your mother’s memory be cherished for all she gave.
  • May your heart be comforted by all you shared


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