I’m feeling sad right now. My beloved Aunt Nina passed away today.
My Uncle Bob, one of my mom’s three brothers, married Aunt Nina in 1948. She was like the sister my mom never had.
The photo shown here is of my parents, Aunt Nina, Uncle Bob, me and two of my sisters and my cousins daughter.
Aunt Nina and Uncle Bob had 9 children! We had 5 kids in our family. Our two families were very close, spending lots of Sunday’s together after church. As my cousin Kenny said today, we were like a second family.
Uncle Bob passed away more than 8 years ago, and Aunt Nina has been doing pretty well since that time surrounded by her loving family and friends.
She turned 95 in October of 2016, and she’s been going down hill for awhile now.
I got the call today Aunt Nina passed this morning.
I will be flying back to my hometown Toledo, Ohio to be there with my parents and siblings and my cousins.
What I know for sure, as do my cousins, Aunt Nina is not in pain anymore and she is again whole and free on the other side. My hope is that Uncle Bob greeted her with his big smile!
I usually write about hope, appreciation, love, thoughtfulness and living a life you love. This subject too is a part of life. Sadness. Death. It will happen to all of us and to those we love.
I’m not afraid to die or pass on to the other side. I think that’s because I do spend so many of my moments living all of the things I usually write about. I take responsibility for me and what I do and don’t have in my life. I choose to add to others days by being kind and being thoughtful as I wrote about last week.
I’m not sure what it will be like where I go when I pass on. None of us really do. We have hopes and thoughts about where it will be and that it will be heaven.
I concentrate on creating my heaven here on earth. That’s what I write about in a sense each week.
My sadness is what comes with missing someone as they leave here. Also for all of my cousins who will not have their mom here anymore. For my mom and my dad too. They are 85 and 87 and they have lost many people they love and care about over the last many years.
Only at another level, I know we never actually die. Our souls live on forever. Our bodies aren’t here anymore, only our souls continue on.
I do have faith in God and so therefore, I’m not afraid to die.
The decision for me to fly back to Toledo to be with everyone to honor my Aunt Nina was easy. I want to be there to experience this honoring that comes after someone who has lived a good life and touched so many lives, and to be there to support my parents, siblings and my cousins.
I know you have all had many times of sadness in your own lives and we all will again, as we continue to live here on this earth.
So I am once again reminded of everything I write about each week. Slow down, stop living on auto-pilot, for it’s really only up to you to achieve a life you love and are proud of, isn’t it? Life is so very precious and none of us have a guarantee of how long we will each be here.
So go out and do things for yourself and others that will help create the life you truly love living.
With many blessings,
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