I absolutely love the following quote by Hope Edelman. She is the author of six non-fiction books and she is an expert in the field of early mother loss. I have read Motherless Daughters and Letters from Motherless Daughters. Despite the fact that I lost my mother at the age of 30, her books were invaluable while I was going through the grieving process.
“There is an emptiness inside of me -- a void that will never be filled. No one in your life will ever love you as your mother does. There is no love as pure, unconditional and strong as a mother's love. And I will never be loved that way again.”
- Hope Edelman
After writing several drafts and spending numerous hours ruminating about what my blog should like, I have finally made a decision. I would like to devote my first post to my late mother. Perhaps I secretly want to feel like she is here with me on this “blog journey”.
I was only 29 years old when I learned that there was nothing more that the doctors could do. I lost my mother to lung cancer 13 years ago. Although I have learned to cope with the fact that I can no longer pick up the phone to call her, I would give anything to hear her voice just one more time or give her one last hug. My husband likes to remind me that my mother and I had a beautiful relationship and that I should be grateful for the time that we had together.
She taught me well. I have learned from her accomplishments as well as from her mistakes. She led me on a path of deep, personal self-reflection, which continues to serve me to this day. As I try to pass on her legacy of love and wisdom to my children, I know she will always be a part of me.
Regardless of your age, navigating life without your mother will always be challenging. It's comforting to know that we are not alone. Please feel free to chime in and share your feelings and/or thoughts in the comment section below.
~Melanie H. Fortin
In Memory of Yvette Evelyn Picard
1937 - 2004