Happy Day Two of Love, people! Today’s post is extremely close to my heart. It comes from my cousin Erynn. Erynn is an example to me in so many ways, and having seen her weather the passing of my sweet Aunt Donece this past year has only deepened the incredible love and awe I feel toward her. There is so much I want to say, but I think her post completely speaks for itself. It’s a privilege to know her, her sweet mama, and all of her family. It’s a privilege now to pass on a piece of her heart to you:
“On May 6, 2016, my life changed forever. My sweet Mother—my best friend, my confidante, my hero—passed away. Life since that day has not and will never be the same.
The months following that fateful day were the most challenging I have ever experienced. I felt so alone. I would look down the road of my life and all I could see were things my Mom would miss. One day marrying, having children, discussing what laundry detergent worked the best, countless meals, phone conversations, and small moments that would now never be mine. I missed her more than I could imagine, and it hurt so much.
One day while reading in the scriptures, I read, “Thou shalt live together in love, insomuch that thou shalt weep for the loss of them that die… (D&C 42:45)” I realized that my grief at my Mother’s death, at our separation was an expression of the love I have for her. This thought changed me. I felt like I was tied to my Mom in a way I hadn’t before imagined. Suddenly my life seemed a bit brighter.
I no longer fear the feelings of sadness, loneliness, and grief that continue to be a part of my life. I cherish those feelings knowing that it is my heart reaching out to her in a love that will never die, and I know that one day we shall be reunited, never more to part.”