Humbled by Kindness…

flower wallpaper…A few humbling kind experiences all wrapped into one:

Humbling experience #1.

My mom got suddenly diagnosed with cancer and deteriorated unbelievably quickly. She seemed totally healthy when she was diagnosed, yet died 6 weeks later. She had me when she was older (45) so it was always her dream to live long enough to see me get married. When my boyfriend of 8 years found out she was sick, he immediately asked me to marry him.Β 

Humbling experience #2.

We then tried to find a justice of the peace ASAP to officiate the wedding at my parents’ home. There was only one in the small town my parents lived in. She was all booked up but when she heard why we needed to book ASAP she reworked her whole schedule so that she could be there for us

Humbling experience #3.

Our family and friends then went out of their way to plan the wedding for us so that I could be with my mom in palliative care. My aunt and uncle drove 5 hours to us, got flowers, candles, a cake, champagne and set up the house for the wedding. Our neighbours took care of our dogs and planned a catered reception for us. My best friend (the only person I really wanted as a brides maid) nearly got fired from her new job in order to get the time off to be there, and she and her boyfriend drove for 6 hours to be there. Everyone was so wonderful, well beyond what I could’ve ever expected or asked for. It was so amazing and heartwarming.

My mother was able to attend the wedding and it was a very joyous occasion, despite the circumstances. She passed away 3 days later. Even though it wasn’t a traditional wedding, it was perfect because so many people that we loved dropped everything to help fulfill our dreams.

The whole experience really made me appreciate all the wonderful people in my life and brought me closer to all of them. I like to think that my mom would be happy that her passing caused us all to love each other even more.

by ~ ‘awkwardmumbles’


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12 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing your story. I’m so sorry to hear about the sudden passing of your Mum. I’m sure she was overjoyed at being able to share in your marriage celebration and see all the love that surrounded you all. What a wonderful group of people. πŸ™‚

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  2. I cab SO relate! My mom died of liver cancer last July in her home with all of her family and friends by her side. Her favorite event each year was hosting Thanksgiving where all family and friends would gather for great food & fellowship. The day she passed, everyone scrambled to prepare this great feast that came together so well. She always waited until everyone was served before serving herself. I had just finished my last bite and everyone had been served when I was called into the room. At 7:07 pm, 07/07/2014 she moved beyond this world.
    Thank you SO much for sharing! May sunshine always flood your path πŸ™‚

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  3. How wonderful that there are all these kind people in your life to help you share this beautiful memory with your Mum. I’m very sorry for your loss. My Mum also died very shortly after her cancer diagnosis (3 weeks) but I of course will always have lots of lovely memories of her – just as you do with your Mum.

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