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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:36 PM
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my mum died
diagnosed with stomach cancer April 13, she passed away in a hospice between the royal wedding (she was unconscious but I hope she heard it on the TV in her room) and the death of Osama (DAMN I was sorry she missed that)......an indomitable Brit to the end, one of her last declarations voiced her pride at living longer than Elizabeth Taylor. Mum was 80.

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bluesbassman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:38 PM
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1. So sorry to hear that Skittles.
Big hug for you. :hug:
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JohnnyLib2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:38 PM
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2. My sympathies.

Hugs at a sad time.
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Ptah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:41 PM
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3. saddened to hear this
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txwhitedove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:41 PM
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4. Oh Skittles, if she was your mum, she must have been wonderful
It's hard loosing your mom, no matter what their age or yours.

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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:46 PM
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5. I'm sorry to hear that, Skittles
She looks like one of those cheerful yet no-nonsense English women.

I lost my mother in February, and it's truly a bereft feeling.
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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:46 PM
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6. I'm sorry for your loss, Skittles.
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My mom also died at 80 in hospice... the day after 9/11 (I'm NOT sorry she missed that).
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.
.
She had led a long full life and was ready, even eager... as she knew that "life" didn't
mean much for her anymore -- and her belief system told her that all those who had
passed before her that she missed so much would be waiting for her with open arms...
no matter what she found on the other side.
.
.
.Your mum is at peace now. I hope you find (or have already found) the same.
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:hug:
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:48 PM
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7. *hugs*
:hug:

I'm so very sorry for your loss.
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siligut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:51 PM
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8. That is a wonderful picture
My condolences
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:57 PM
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9. My deepest sympathy, Skittles.
:hug:
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Lars39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:58 PM
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10. I'm so sorry for your loss, Skittles.
:hug:
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:00 PM
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11. I am so sorry Skittles.
:hug:
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:07 PM
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12. I'm so sorry to hear that
our thoughts are with you Skittles.

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CrownPrinceBandar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:09 PM
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13. Sorry for your loss, Skittles.
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warrior1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:14 PM
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14. I'm so sorry for your loss.
xo
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av8rdave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:17 PM
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15. I am so sorry for your loss
My condolences to you and yours at this difficult time.

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Lucinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:19 PM
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16. Her friends and your family are in my thoughts
That's a great picture. :)
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ornotna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:21 PM
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17. My sympathies Skittles
Lovely picture. :hug:
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:23 PM
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18. So sorry Skittles.
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one_voice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:26 PM
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19. I'm sorry for your loss Skittles...
:hug:
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nolabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:29 PM
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20. Ah, Skittles, I'm sorry. Peace to you both.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:29 PM
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21. So sorry, dear
When I looked at that picture, I could only think that nothing is more sweet than to have mother's arm around you. You both look so happy that day. May your memories of the good times comfort you in the days ahead. And remember to practice good self care.

Peace and love.
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some guy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:29 PM
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22. I'm so sorry for your loss.

:hug:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:30 PM
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23. I'm so very sorry, hon! *hugest of hugs*
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hamsterjill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:31 PM
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24. I'm so sorry.
Sounds like she was a very special lady, a good mum. My sympathies.
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:38 PM
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25. So sorry, sweetie.
:hug:
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kwassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:39 PM
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26. Sorry for your loss.
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Luciferous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:51 PM
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27. I'm sorry for your loss.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:54 PM
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28. Sorry to hear it
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 10:13 PM
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29. I'm So Sorry Skittles...
:cry:

:grouphug:

Peace...


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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 10:16 PM
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30. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Edited on Thu May-05-11 10:16 PM by Kat45
I lost my mother three years ago, and I know how difficult it is. That's a beautiful photo you posted, quite heartwarming.
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TuxedoKat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 10:26 PM
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31. I'm so sorry
for the loss of your beloved mum. Are you that cute little girl in the photo? That is such a loving photo -- you had a beautiful mum.
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Swede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 10:50 PM
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32. Sorry to hear this,Skittles.
Condolences to you and yours.
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 10:52 PM
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33. My condolences.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 10:55 PM
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34. I am very sorry for your loss.
:hug:
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 10:55 PM
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35. So sorry to hear this
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Chellee Donating Member (215 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 10:56 PM
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36. I'm so sorry.
:hug:
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woo me with science Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 10:57 PM
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37. My deepest sympathy, Skittles.
Peace to you.
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SOteric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 11:21 PM
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38. My deepest sympathies, Skittles.
:hug: I lost my own dear Mom a few years back. Mothers are a particular loss for any daughter. She raised a damn fine individual in you and we're proud to know you around here.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 11:39 PM
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39. I am so sorry to hear this, my dear Skittles...
She looks like a great mum too...

I'm sure she heard the wedding! Hearing is the last sense to go...

I hope she went easy...

Safe passage to her...

I hope your memories will sustain you in your time of loss...

:hug:
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 09:38 AM
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72. the hospice was a nice, simple place
she could have opted for home hospice but she was afraid my autistic brother would not understand
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 11:43 PM
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40. Aww, Skittles.
My Dad died of cancer six years ago.

I can tell you that, while it will always hurt, after a while the good memories overtake the bad.

I wish we could kick this damned disease's ass...yes indeed.

:hug:
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snagglepuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 11:50 PM
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41. I am so sorry.
:(
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 11:52 PM
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 11:54 PM
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43. I'm so very sorry, Skittles.
Take care of yourself. :hug:
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Flaxbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:25 AM
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44. I'm sorry, Skittles
I hope you're alright. I lost my dad recently, too. :hug:
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:28 AM
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45. I'm very sorry for your loss, Skittles.
:hug: :hug:
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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:33 AM
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46. Aww, I'm sorry Skittles.
:hug:
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:45 AM
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47. Sorry for your loss Skittles...
:grouphug:
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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:55 AM
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48. Mine loved me most, longest, hardest and even when I fought it....She still keeps me warm
even though she's been gone a dozen years.

I'm so sorry.
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marzipanni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:29 AM
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49. I'm sorry Skittles
You, me, and all the people whose mothers are no longer with us... :grouphug:
In a month it will have been a year since my mom died, and I still think of things to talk about with her. She lived across the country but we talked on the phone a lot.
It must be especially hard because your mum didn't live long after the diagnosis was made. I hope you got to spend time with her in recent years.
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Withywindle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:54 AM
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50. I'm so, so sorry, Skittles.
:hug:
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Kaleva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 02:06 AM
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51. Very sorry to hear that.
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denbot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 02:40 AM
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52.  I'm sorry for your loss.
Peace
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MissHoneychurch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:23 AM
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53. My condolences Skittles
:hug:

May she rest in peace.
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AllenVanAllen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:25 AM
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54. I'm sorry Skittles.


My heart goes out to you and your loved ones. :hug:
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:11 AM
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55. Sincere condolences, Skittles
I know how it hurts to lose Mom. "I'm nobody's baby anymore."

Strength and peace
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:53 AM
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56. deepest sympathies, Skittles.
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:13 AM
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57. So sorry for your loss, Skittles!
:hug:

Bake
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WillParkinson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:28 AM
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58. Very sorry for your loss...
And much <3 for your family.
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redwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:38 AM
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59. I am sorry Skittles.
:hug:
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:43 AM
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60. I am so sorry, dear Skittles.
:hug:
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:01 AM
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61. I'm sorry for your loss. I lost my mother 7 years ago.

:hug:


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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:08 AM
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62. Condolences.
:hug:
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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:11 AM
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63. Oh, Skittles
I am so sorry. :cry:
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:16 AM
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64. My condolences, Skittles
Peace and strength to your and your family.
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:16 AM
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65. Oh Skittles.
So terribly sorry. :hug:
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Call Me Wesley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:25 AM
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66. Safe passage to your mum.
May she be free from suffering. Peace and comfort to you and yours, Skittles. :hug:
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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:43 AM
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67. I'm so very sorry to hear that, Skittles
I know it's rough, and I still haven't gone through that myself. Here's some hugs for you :hug:
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fizzgig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 09:20 AM
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68. i'm so sorry, skittles
:hug:
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Demonaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 09:21 AM
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69. I'm so sorry Skittles...
great picture of her
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Tripper11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 09:24 AM
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70. my condolences Skittles....n/t
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 09:34 AM
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71. Aw.
:hug:
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 09:41 AM
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73. thanking you all
I'm always kicking ass but life has a way of kicking ass too - the trick is to remember the good times, be good to each other (and ourselves) and carry on. Yup.
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Tikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 10:07 AM
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74. We are saddened at this news....
You and your family are in our thoughts.


The Tikkis
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Maine-ah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 10:24 AM
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75. I'm sorry for your loss, Skittles
:grouphug:
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One_Life_To_Give Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 10:39 AM
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76. Sorry for your loss
:hug:
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:01 AM
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77. I'm so sorry.
Big hug.
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:04 AM
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78. Condolences to you and your family
:hug:
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LiberalLoner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:05 AM
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79. I am so sorry for your loss. n/t
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Phentex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:07 AM
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80. I'm sorry, Skittles...
I'll be thinking of you.

:hug:
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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:14 AM
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81. So sorry Skittles
Sorry for your loss.
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:16 AM
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82. I am so sorry Skittles.
:hug: :hug: :hug:
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:19 PM
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83. I'm so sorry, Skittles
:hug:
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ChromeFoundry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:33 PM
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84. Deepest condolences, Skittles
:hug:
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:43 PM
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85. ((((( Skittles & Mum of Skittles ))))) nt
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:45 PM
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86. I'm really sorry to hear that.
:hug:
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Moondog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:47 PM
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87. My condolences, Ms Skittles.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:48 PM
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88. I am so so sorry
peace for both of you


:hug: :cry:
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Yavin4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:51 PM
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89. I am very sorry for your loss
My condolences
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CherokeeDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:04 PM
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90. So sorry for your loss...
may you find solace and joy in her memory.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:06 PM
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91. I'm so sorry.
:hug:
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:29 PM
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92. I'm so sorry for your loss.
:hug: :hug:
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Gidney N Cloyd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:30 PM
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93. Sympathies and best thoughts out to your family.
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:41 PM
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94. I echo the others here. Sorry for your loss.
:hug:
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:46 PM
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95. So sorry.
When I'm gone I hope you see how happy
she made me
For I'll be there
In my daughter's eyes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLS0Y40WwlA
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JustABozoOnThisBus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 02:37 PM
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96. You have my sympathy, Skittles
On the plus side, she lived a long time, and raised a great daughter.

:hi:
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 02:42 PM
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97. So sorry.
Awesome picture, though. :hug:
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Dr Fate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 02:51 PM
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98. Thinking of you. You will get through this.
My mom died when I was 21, so I have an idea of what you are going through. Try focusing on all the positive memories.

Cool- she beat Liz- she sounds like she was a great gal!
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smokey nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 02:52 PM
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99. I'm sorry Skittles.
:hug:
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:07 PM
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100. {{{Skittles}}}. Bless you and your Mum.
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:22 PM
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101. It's clear where you learned your ass-kicking ways.
A different style, perhaps, but a definite resemblance. You're in my thoughts.
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:26 PM
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102. sorry to hear this...
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:27 PM
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103. deepest sympathies, Skittles....
:hug:
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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 04:25 PM
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104. My condolences
She did a wonderful job raising you. I'm sure that you're very proud of her.

:hug:
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:38 PM
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105. she had cut a pic of our prez and Michelle with the queen out of the newspaper
it was magneted on her fridge - that made me smile :)
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:54 PM
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106. aww such a sweet picture
I'm so sorry - this is one of those life events that can be really hard. My Mom has been gone 15 years and I still come across little things that I want to ask or tell her.

My condolences to you and any other family.

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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:07 PM
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107. I am so sorry.
Try to focus on how lucky you were to have had her while you did. Think about the good times. A smile and a tear, Skittles, a smile and a tear.
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kimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:08 PM
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108. Oh Skittles
My deepest sympathy.

Peace to you and yours. Hugs.
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lifesbeautifulmagic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:13 PM
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109. my deepest sympathies
just know she raised up one awesome daughter. Take care.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:25 PM
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110. Awww, I'm so sorry Skittles
:hug:
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:44 PM
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111. I'm very sorry for your loss.
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Dystopian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:52 PM
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112. Heartfelt condolences
Dear Skittles~

My heart goes out to you and your family.
Thank you for sharing the beautiful photo.

Love is forever ....



peace~
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 10:03 PM
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113. I'm sorry, Skittles
May the love you shared live forever.
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RedCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 12:10 PM
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114. deepest sympathy Skittles.
My mom died at age 80 too last year on the date when her hero met a bullet in Dallas, Texas.
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pink-o Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 01:27 PM
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115. My Canadian mum Joan was born on Xmas day, 1924
...consequently sharing a b'day with Rod Serling, creator of "Twilight Zone". Believe me, both scared me equally when I was a little kid!

But later on, when I returned home after living in London for awhile, Mum and I became great friends. She had me at age 30, but sometimes I got on with her better than people my own age. I always told her if we'd been peers, we'd've been calling my Dad for bail money at least once in our lives.

I used to hear girls go on about how their Mums drove them crazy, how they criticized and undermined them, and I appreciated even more how lucky I was to have Joan for a mother. She never judged my Boho lifestyle, never told me I should be married with kids. I think a part of her always enjoyed she had a free-spirited daughter. When I started working for the airline industry, she and Dad took full advantage of my travel benefits, and went all over the world. Many times during the 90s, I'd meet my parents in Italy, Spain or France and get tipsy on good European wine in sidewalk trattorias. Great times.

I lost Joan at the beginning of 2007, just after the holidays and her 82nd b'day. Like your mum, she was diagnosed, then went quickly, leaving us all the poorer for it. I can tell you, it does get less painful, but you will never stop missing your mother. Joan and I watched Charles and Diana get married in 1981; so sorry she couldn't see Diana's son do the same. She never saw Obama win the election either, which would have delighted her.

What got me through the worst of my grief was knowing my mother wouldn't want me to be sad--she'd expect me to live my own life to its fullest and not waste time mourning. Also, knowing we had done our best to put aside any stupid issues, shared such rich experiences during her life, and that she'd been pretty content with what life had given her helped a lot. I know you'll find your own ways of getting through it, but I hope some of this can soothe a bit. Take care, remember her fondly and look after yourself--cuz that's what Mum would want!

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abbeyco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 01:51 PM
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116. My condolences and sympathies to you, Skittles
I hope you bathe in the wonderful memories of your Mum; your description made me smile - she sounded like a wonderful woman.
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senseandsensibility Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 09:54 PM
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117. My sympathies
I am so sorry, Skittles. She sounds as if she was a wonderful woman.
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 09:56 PM
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118. I'm so sorry Skittles.
Just seeing this now. My heart goes out to you.
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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 10:00 PM
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119. My condolences. It was ten years ago this week that I lost my mom,
and I still miss her every day. I hope you have a good support group/family to lean on. This is one of the hardest things to go through, even if we know it will happen one day.

:hug:
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tech9413 Donating Member (294 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 10:32 PM
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120. Sorry I missed that, I usually just follow news topics
My Dad died back in February but he made it to 90. His last days were comfortable and he was alert and interested until hours before he passed. I think he just decided it was time. He couldn't be the active, engaged person he had always been. I think he decided it was better to pass than be so crippled that he couldn't do what he loved.

I hope you have the support to help you deal with the loss. For me, I'm pretty sure it will be years before I adjust even with family support. My Dad and I never had a really close relationship because we were so similar. Stubborn and not vocal about feelings. It wasn't until his last days that I was able to express how much he meant to me and what I had done in my life.

There is never a wrong time to tell those in your life how much they mean and have affected you.

We are with you Skittles
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Cass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 10:40 PM
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121. I'm so sorry, Skittles.
There's not much I can say so I will simply say this

The Little Ship

I stood watching as the little ship sailed out to sea. The setting sun tinted his white sails with a golden light, and as he disappeared from sight a voice at my side whispered, He is gone.

But the sea was a narrow one. On the farther shore a little band of friends had gathered to watch and wait in happy expectation. Suddenly they caught sight of the tiny sail and, at the very moment when my companion had whispered, He is gone a glad shout went up in joyous welcome, Here he comes!

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davsand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 10:52 PM
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122. I am sorry to hear about your loss.
Deepest sympathies to you and your family in this time of loss. Your mom must have been an amazing lady. She raised a pretty cool daughter in you, and from what I recall you've mentioned having been an Air Force kid which means your mom probably moved a few times over the years with your dad. THAT by itself speaks volumes to me about the indomitable spirit she must have been.

Again, I'm very sorry to hear about your loss.




Laura
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 11:06 PM
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123. Safe passage Mother Skittles
Edited on Sat May-07-11 11:49 PM by merh
I am sorry for your loss Skittles and I hope your memories will bring you comfort tomorrow and during the years to come.
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cherokeeprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 11:37 PM
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124. Aw damn...
You are my absolute favorite DU'er. I can only imagine your pain...

Skittles, I can only offer a point of view offered by my Grandpa's Pastor that at first really pissed me off but when I contemplated it later, made perfect sense:

When my Grandpa died, and I got private time with him (His Pastor), he told me that grief was a wholly selfish emotion. I sat there, tears streaming down my face, wondering who the fuck this guy was, telling me I was selfish for grieving over my Grandfather's death.

When I was finally able to think rationally again, after we put Him in the ground, I reflected on what His Pastor said. After a while, his words made sense. I wasn't grieving for the death of my Grandfather, but for his absence in MY life.

He was spot on. He also told me that I should never miss an opportunity to celebrate my Grandfather's life. I don't.

I'm so sorry for your loss. As I said, you are my favorite DU'er, INDEED.

Regale us with stories about your Mom.

You are awesome, and I bet it's the influence your Mom had on your life that makes you that way.

Much Love
Chris
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 01:27 AM
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125. Skittles sweetie, I'm very sorry for your loss.
I've been fortunate to see other pics of your happy family, and now I see the lovely matriarch who made it all possible. Thank you for sharing this with us, and for being here at DU.

She lives here in you and in the humor and bright revelation of self you share with us.

I lost my dad in 2002, and after the sorrow passed, I found he grew greater and nearer to me in my heart as time passed. That is what their lifetime of love does for us.

Condolences to you and your family, she raised a beautiful person, and that is how we know of her own beauty. :hug:
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 02:24 AM
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126. So sorry for your loss
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 11:30 AM
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127. ...
:hug: :hug: :hug:
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SalmonChantedEvening Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 01:24 PM
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128. Aww Skittles, Sweetie
:cry:

Bless her memory and your heart. May she sing with angels always. :loveya:
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blue neen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 01:53 PM
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129. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Safe passage to your mom.

God bless.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 02:01 PM
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130. I'm very sorry.
:hug:
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 02:26 PM
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131. Hospice care is wonderful
My mom had it at home when she died last year.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 02:41 PM
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132. I am so sorry...
Hugs and sympathy to you :hug:
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alphafemale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 03:00 PM
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133. Hugs to you this Mother's Day.
So sorry.

:hug:
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fortyfeetunder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 06:03 PM
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134. My condolences to you and your family, Skittles
:hug:
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Blue Diadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 06:25 PM
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135. I'm sorry Skittles.
Sending hugs and my sympathy.

I love the picture of your Mom and you.
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 06:50 PM
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136. Deepest condolences, skittles. Very sorry for your loss.
:-(
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TK421 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 08:04 PM
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137. Skittles, I am so sorry to hear this
if you ever want to talk, please send me a PM....:(
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abq e streeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 09:03 PM
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138. My deepest sympathies to you, and to all who loved her.
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cordelia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 09:13 PM
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139. Deepest condolences, Skittles.
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