She opened her arms and welcomed us all as her family.
A dear friend of our family passed away...the funeral was Saturday. It was not a surprise to anyone because Mrs. P (as we affectionately called her) had battled cancer for many years. Still, when death actually claims a loved one, I don't know that we are ever prepared for the sadness or the sense of loss.
Mrs. P was a kind woman. In all the years I knew her, I never heard her say a negative thing to or about anyone. Even when the cancer was destroying her body and she was so frail, she never complained. If you asked how she was, she always said she was fine. During the service when the priest asked us to pray for her speedy entry into Heaven, I smiled to myself because I just know she was already up there watching over us. She always tried to do the right thing and succeeded more than anyone I've ever known. She opened her arms and welcomed us all as her family, and we all loved her.
So goodbye Mrs. P. We remember you with love and joy and count ourselves lucky because you touched our lives. You will be missed.