Yesterday was an emotion-filled day as we celebrated my aunt’s life–her 61 years on this earth–and ended the day celebrating my Grandma’s 89th birthday. Though a critical aspect to the circle of life, death is just hard, even when you know the person is in a better place, free from pain and suffering.
I won’t pretend to understand what it feels like to lose an immediate family member; I cannot fathom it. But losing an extended family member, I can say that it shifts your perspective. You acknowledge that life is fleeting, then you take a deep breath and evaluate your own existence.
You give thought to what kind of legacy you want to leave and vow to refocus on the elements of life that truly matter. You analyze how you spend your time, hoping you’re doing enough to positively impact others. You consider your daily attitude and outlook, and pledge to show more optimism and patience.
You thank God for all the undeserved blessings in your life, especially the gift of family and the renewed hope of little ones who continue the circle of life.