How do you even begin to say goodbye?
That is a question that has been running through my mind today, as we say a final goodbye to my sister-in-law Brenda. Today was the day of her burial, after her sudden loss in the beginning of February.
With the burial complete, we are closing one chapter of life, but another is unfolding before us. It is a chapter without Brenda’s smile. Without her sense of humour. Without her sass.
This chapter and every subsequent chapter of life will be without her, but not without her influence. She was a major part of many people’s lives. Her mom’s. Her sister’s. Her coworker’s. She impacted everyone around her.
The healing begins.
We pick up, and we carry on knowing that she is with us in our hearts. We carry on knowing that as long as we remember her she is never truly gone.
The days ahead will be dark. They will be tough. However, the wheel of time will roll on. Things will get less dark. The sadness will dissipate. New memories will be formed, for good and for bad.
We will miss you Brenda, but we will never forget.
Rest easy, Brenda. We will survive. We will grieve. We will support each other, and we will join you again some day.