It was so painful to see her struggle and how her body was ravaged by the disease and its treatment. Her chances from the beginning were nil, adding a few months to her life was the only hope given her. But she loved her family and her friends and grabbed that chance. She went through such agony, not for herself, but because she loved so strongly and wanted to continue building her legacy of love and joy and strength and serenity for her children and friends to carry in their hearts after her passing.
I lost my dear friend a few days ago. Yesterday, at her visitation, I was finally able to release some of the tears that had been welling up inside me for months. My friend was also my neighbor. I saw her almost every day. I will miss her so much.
I know that most of you have felt this pain and have lost friends or family to this terrible disease. Today I want to share a candle ceremony that you can do this Christmas to remember and honor those loved ones who are no longer doing life with you.