completing crossword puzzles was her favorite hobby, and I think that contributed to her having such a sharp mind that stayed with her well into her 80's.
Mom, I will miss hearing your laughter, seeing you smile and observing the love and caring that always shone through your eyes. I will miss the comforting hugs you used to give whenever I needed a hug.
Yet, I will not be sad, for I know that, although the body your spirit inhabited while you were here on earth grew old and weary and is laid to rest, your spirit lives eternal and will never die. You will always be as near to me as a thought of you away; for to live in hearts we leave behind, is not to die.
Surrounded by love, and reunited with my father and your other loved ones who have gone before you on this journey, may you go in peace toward the light as your soul makes the transition from this world of time and space restrictions, to a world of eternal freedom, and love, and light, and peace.
I love you.
I would like to close with a beautiful poem that expresses my philosophy. I do not know who wrote the poem, but it has always been one of my favorite poems, and has always brought me great comfort whenever I have had to say goodbye to a loved one. I would like to share it with you and I hope that you will also find some comfort in the poem I am about to read.