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Monday, February 14, 2011

In Loving Memory of my Mom - Florence Evelyn Wood

My precious Mom passed away on February 6th, 2011 at the age of 82. She had struggled over half of her lifetime with the after effects of having Influenza caused Encephalitis 43 years ago. She was then diagnosed with COPD in April of 1999 and it greatly shortened her life. She went into the hospital with pneumonia a week before her death and she seemed to be getting better, but her lungs were just too worn out and it was so hard for her to breathe. Her final gift to us was that she was able to hold on long enough to allow each of my four siblings and me, and our families, to rush to her bedside and be with her in her final days on Earth. She was fully aware of what was happening and knew us all and we were able to talk with her and just be with her until the end. In the early morning hours of February 6th, she quietly went to sleep one last time and reunited with my Dad (who we lost to colon cancer in 1987).

I have no living parents now and it seems really strange to acknowledge that fact. I was not quite 22 when my Dad passed away. He was only 60 years old. I wasn't married yet and had no children at the time and it was terribly hard to get used to not having him in my life anymore. Now, almost 24 years later I still miss him terribly at times but you learn to move forward with your life in honour of them. It's really hard to believe that my Mom is gone now too. I know I will not always feel this terrible ache for her presence in my life because in reality, she is in everything I do every day. My Mom was a creative person herself and most of my skill comes from her. She was such a gift to us all and I am a richer person for having been one of her daughters.

I love you forever Mom.

Cheryl

In Loving Memory of my Mom - Florence Evelyn Wood

My precious Mom passed away on February 6th, 2011 at the age of 82. She had struggled over half of her lifetime with the after effects of having Influenza caused Encephalitis 43 years ago. She was then diagnosed with COPD in April of 1999 and it greatly shortened her life. She went into the hospital with pneumonia a week before her death and she seemed to be getting better, but her lungs were just too worn out and it was so hard for her to breathe. Her final gift to us was that she was able to hold on long enough to allow each of my four siblings and me, and our families, to rush to her bedside and be with her in her final days on Earth. She was fully aware of what was happening and knew us all and we were able to talk with her and just be with her until the end. In the early morning hours of February 6th, she quietly went to sleep one last time and reunited with my Dad (who we lost to colon cancer in 1987).

I have no living parents now and it seems really strange to acknowledge that fact. I was not quite 22 when my Dad passed away. He was only 60 years old. I wasn't married yet and had no children at the time and it was terribly hard to get used to not having him in my life anymore. Now, almost 24 years later I still miss him terribly at times but you learn to move forward with your life in honour of them. It's really hard to believe that my Mom is gone now too. I know I will not always feel this terrible ache for her presence in my life because in reality, she is in everything I do every day. My Mom was a creative person herself and most of my skill comes from her. She was such a gift to us all and I am a richer person for having been one of her daughters.

I love you forever Mom.

Cheryl