Dancing with the Angels - REST IN PEACE MY BEAUTIFUL MOTHER!

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Tell me, what does it look like in heaven?
Is it peaceful? Is it free like they say?
Does the sun shine bright forever?
Have your fears and your pain gone away?

'Cause here on earth
it feels like everything good is missing since you left
And here on earth everything's different,
There's an emptiness.

I hope you're dancing in the sky
And I hope you're singing in the angels' choir
And I hope the angels know what they have!
I'll bet it's so nice up in heaven since you've arrived
Dancing in the Sky Lyrics – Dani & Lizzy

REST IN PEACE MY BEAUTIFUL MOTHER

❤ ELIZABETH ANNE ❤
@lizziesworld
19th May 1949 to 20th June 2020

On Friday the 19th June, I had a dream. I was sitting on a bench with my mom on my left, weeping hopelessly because she had just told me that she was leaving me. I became aware of a young man sitting on my right. He moved closer to me, enough that I could feel his body touch mine. I rested my head on his shoulder as I cried. He held out his hand and I took it. He gestured that we get up and walk, so keeping my hand in his, we began to walk away from my mom. As we walked, I turned to him and asked him what his name was… he replied, “God”.

The timing, significance and impact of that dream will stay with me forever, because the journey without our mom began the very next day – yesterday, Saturday the 20th June. There is absolutely nothing in life that can prepare you for such a journey, especially when you have been blessed with a mother as beautiful as ours.

Mom, from the time I used to call you “mama”, you blessed all your children with not only unconditional love but true friendship and boundless acceptance. Never in my life have I met such a selfless soul, filled to the brim with an abundance of compassion and love. Your cup was always overflowing and no matter who crossed your path, you always had more to give. You never hesitated to place those you love above yourself and the impact of that grace sits firmly rooted in each and every one of us as we embrace the gift we have all been afforded in raising our own children.

As petite, delicate and graceful as an old fashioned rose, gentle in heart and voice but rich in strength, passion and resilience - you were the epitome of a true lady! As your daughter, I am so very proud to have been raised by such a magnificent woman and my brothers, your sons are the noble gentlemen they are, because of the values and ethics instilled in them by a mother who truly had nothing other than love in her heart for her children – a REAL mom!

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The ripples and impact of your unwavering love will forever flow in this family, between us as your children – through to your grandchildren and one day, their children too. You may not be here on earth any more, but I know – we know, because of the radiant soul that you continue to be… you will be ever present. The lives and homes of not only your family and friends, but countless people around the world shall forever be enriched by the beauty of your talented heart and hands.

From your passion and love for nature and the invaluable knowledge and appreciation for it’s importance in life that you grew in people all over the world, to the gardens which still burst with their wild beauty because of the soil your hands turned. From the incalculable brush strokes on canvas that sit as masterpieces in the homes of people across all continents, to the passion and talents that you nurtured, as well as the many hearts and minds you gave solace to in your art classes. Never has this world been blessed with a more precious soul and the vibration of your beauty, integrity, authenticity and grace will enrich this world for eternity.

Our hearts will forever ache in your absence,
but our lives will be infinitely richer for your presence.

"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you ... I could walk in my own garden forever." — Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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In the months approaching this closure, you asked each and every one your children what painting they would like. Your love for the elephants you grew up with in your backyard as a child clearly resonated strongly - as all three of your sons asked for elephants… and I requested a pink lotus. As it so often does, time diminished before your works were completed, but you did manage to get two of the three ellies done and you had begun my lotus.

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A couple of days before you departed for hospice, you told Jude that he was to make sure that I finish the lotus. Never in a thousand years could I match your talent mom and I will never touch my lotus canvas with a brush until I have better explored your colourful world of oil painting, but in my heart I hold the intent of fulfilling that request.

❤ WE LOVE YOU MOM ❤

and you are LOVED the world over!!!
THANK YOU... FOR YOU!

You were, are and always will be,
the wind beneath our wings.

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There are so many of you that have been here for me and my family in the last two months and I would like to close firstly with a very heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you! Your love and support has been invaluable.

...and secondly, some of my moms absolute favourites! My passion and appreciation for music was born through my mom.


and as she always told us...
"listen to the words."

❤❤❤

Until next time...
Much Love from Cape Town, South Africa xxx
Jaynielea

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What sad news, I accompany you in your pain, I am so sorry, there are no words to help ease the pain of such a great loss! I send you a big hug my dear @jainye, may your beloved mother rest in peace!

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Thank you love! You are right... there really are no words, in fact nothing that can fill this void but I appreciate your love so much! !tip

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It is so profound, the loss of one's mom. I have words, but, not now. She was such a talented, spirited woman and she raised you well.

I am so sorry for your loss. Dreams often parallel reality.

Rest in Peace, Lizzie. Rest in Peace.

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Truth!!!! Thank you Denise!

You are such a blessing in so many people's life - including mine!

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Oh, you sweet, sweet woman. Here my heart is breaking for you and you out here, braving it out. I love your heart and your mom would be so proud of you. What you wrote about her was touching, so that even if a person didn't even know her, they would want to grieve the loss of such a human being.

The undone painting is so like you, keeping it until you get to that place where she was, or close, and finish it. The elephant trunk! Absolutely stunning!

I can continue on and on. Thank you for the generous tip, thank you for taking the time (especially at this time) to answer every single one of these and just know that no response is needed. I just cannot explain, but, my heart is heavy for you. Truly. Perhaps because it wasn't so long, I was standing in your shoes, wondering how I was going to continue without her. I can say that you just do. She will live on through you and all the wonderful memories she gave you.

God Bless you, my lovely.

She truly is at peace now. And she took your love with her.

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She will live on, through you, and all that you do.
I wish you comfort, and strength, and peace. 💖

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Dave has been saying the same thing to me. I look to those words constantly for strength... so thank you!

And thank you also for being an ever present strength in my life (be it from a distance).

Love you!!!

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If She should go tomorrow
Or left yesterday.
It would never be a definite goodbye,
For she has left her heart with you,
So don’t you ever cry.

The love that’s deep within you,
Shall reach you from the stars,
You’ll feel it from the heavens,
And it will heal the scars.

Strenght is what I wish you and your loved ones
Xo

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Oh my love! Thank you so very much for that! I absolutely LOVE and ADORE you! Do you know why?! Because not only do you remind me of myself, but my mom too! I see you… I sit silently and watch your unwavering love for life, your family, those you know and even those you don’t. You are a rare breed of beauty and I am blessed to know you! One day, we WILL meet!

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👉 How sorry I am, dear friend @jaynie, at this time there are no words to overcome the pain of such a great loss, I ask God to give her eternal rest to shine eternal light for her, you are in my prayers, receive a big hug, and remember to die is born to the divine reality, I also suffered a great loss 51 days ago, my wife died of breast cancer, we were married 33 years, I accompany you in your pain, rest in peace your mom...🙏

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OH @jakim7 I am so, SO very sorry for the loss of your wife! My mom too, had breast cancer - but actually left us due to kidney failure caused by the cancer. I hope that you too find the strength to focus on the beauty which she brought into your life so that it may continue to make your world a better place!

Thank you again for your kindness!!!

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Thank you very much for your good wishes, words of encouragement are always like fresh water from a spring, I am sure they will be, blessings from above for all your family, best regards...

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Sorry for your loss, a touching tribute to your mother.

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Thank you @bengy. All you amazing people from all corners of the globe that I have never met, yet so close... invaluable to me! I love you all so very much, even if I have not expressed that much of late.

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I am so so so sorry for your loss! May God be with you during this dire time. It WILL get better in time but you will forever miss her.

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Love you - and thank you!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

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My condolences, Jaynie 🙏
Nothing I say would ease the pain now.
Just know that she'll always be with you. I know because I've been there.
My love and prayers are with you.

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Thank you love! That means a lot!
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Oh pretty girl I am sorry for you lost, now she is an angel and she is always going to take care of you.
My mother's husband died this June 15, we will always remember him for the good he was and the joy he brought us.
We have to keep the good memories <3

A big hug!

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She always was an angel and I have no doubt that she will continue to take care of all of us! Thank you lovely lady!!!!

So sorry to hear about your moms husband and much like us, I hope you and yours are able to focus on celebrating the good things which they brought into this world!

and off topic...Would love to hear you sing again!!!

MWAH!!!

xxx

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I would love to sing for you and the whole family of PHC, music heals our souls right now...and always.
I'll write to you in private to talk about it.
I'm sending you another big hug!

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music heals our souls

So true!

xxx

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My condolences on your loss.

RIP to your mom.

May you have the strength to bear the irreparable loss.

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I'm so sorry for your loss, nothing to say... I'm with you. Be strong, stay well and take care.🤗 R.I.P.

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Words mostly fail me too. Took me over 4 hrs to cohesively put this short amount together. Thank you @dexpartacus. xxx

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My condolences @jaynie. I lost my mother long time ago, nothing can replace such person in your life but you can keep for ever her love to you that will always be endless.
Some day we will meet them again wherever it is, I’m sure. My hugs to you 🤗🤗🤗

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Too true! I have NO idea how to live a life without my best friend... but she has taught me well to be brave, now is the time for me (and all of us) to exercise that!

Thank you!

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Dear @jaynie, my love and affection for you at this moment, may God take your angel to fly in his heaven, you have been a great daughter and she where she is, is smiling proudly of you . I hug you so much!..

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Thank you love, for your kindness. I certainly hope she is!

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Some day the angeles should Will come to the sky... Now You have bodyguard dancing in the heaven.

Many hugs!

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Oh yes we do! Thank you xxx !tip

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What a beautiful tribute to your mother @jaynie. I believe we are called upon to honor our mother and father. You have unquestionably done that. In a very memorable and moving way. Thank you for sharing with us!

May the Lord of Life bless you and your family with His peace, which surpasses understanding, during this very difficult time. 🙏

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Thank you for your kind words @roleerob. Like I said to one of my brothers earlier this evening, no matter what collective of words I put together, they ALL seem to fall short of testament to our mom... but do the best I could, is all I could do.

Thank you again xxxx

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God bless her soul and give you strength
I'm sorry for your loss
She isn't really gone since she has left beautiful memories and a good impact in this world.

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I was really happy to meet her here...Happy that her legacy is so beautiful...

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and I, grateful on both those counts too!

Love you!

xxx

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My condolences @jaynie!
It is hard to believe that your beautiful mother is no longer with us for it seemed not long ago she was sharing her gardening wisdoms and you were sharing moments spent with her!
That is a beautiful tribute to your mother! I had never seen her art work before - magnificent!
Sending much love to you and Jude!

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It is hard to believe that your beautiful mother is no longer with us for it seemed not long ago she was sharing her gardening wisdoms and you were sharing moments spent with her!

A whirlwind I am still trying to process :(

Thank you @porters

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Aww my dear Jaynie I am so sorry, I know there are no words at this time that will ease your grief, take the time to mourn your loss. You wrote this tribute to your mother with so much feeling that it was impossible not to shed a tear. I can imagine your pain, but it is something that only time can heal. I send you a big brotherly hug. You still have a lot to smile about.

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Thank you sweet, sweet, sweet heart! !tip 2.0

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Your mom was such a beautiful and talented soul. I know she loved all of you very much. God bless you and your family Jaynie. I'm sure she is dancing with the angels 😘

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When I'm sorry friend @jaynie, losing a loved one is very painful and losing the mother is even more painful. My condolences and may Jehovah have it in his glory.

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Thank you lovely. xxxxxxx !tip

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You've written words straight from the heart @jaynie and I found them tremendously moving. This is such a beautiful tribute to your dear Mother and I'm sure she'd be moved by happy and grateful tears by reading them, knowing that she had such a positive, powerful and lasting impact on your life and that of your siblings.

It is a wonderful blessing to experience the freedom to express your raw and deep emotions and it has blessed me to read them. Your Mother's rich legacy will remain forever in your heart.

Hugs and blessings.

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So sorry about your loss. I can't imagine what it would be like to lose mine. May your mom rest in peace and may you find strength to overcome her absence. This is a beautiful homage you have made to her memory.

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My deepest sympathies, @jaynie.
Nothing prepares us for this kind of loss, but given the kind of relation you had, I'm sure the transition will be less painful. The memories of the love you shared will strengthen you and all your family. I loss my father some years ago and to the date I regret all the time we lost, all the conversations we never had, all the things we never did together.

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No Words...

Just sending LOVE from the other side of the world to help heal your heart....

Music that also heals...

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What a beautiful post, I felt a pain for the loss as if it was mine, I always fear that moment, there is no replacement for the purest love like that of the mother, the tears will always be eternal, full of lived joys, teachings of love and all the wonderful things they give to our lives.

A fraternal embrace at this time for you @jaynie and all your family.

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My sincere condolences to you and your family. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Your memories with her shall forever be treasured.
Sending all my love and prayers to you and your family.

Stay safe always

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My sincere condolenses for your loss @jaynie .
I personally feel your work looks really fantastic; and I am very certain your mom will be proud of you anyways in all your persuit to be an even greater artists.

May God bless your entire family with peace and your broken hearts mended. He is close with those who are brokenhearted , therefore I believe His angels are with you too.

Your mom is in good hands, and each and every one of you and your children will live on with her legacy as a part of her will always live inside of you.

By the way, she is SUPER PRETTY too!

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So sorry for your loss, we'll miss her forever. 💕💕💕

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Oh @jaynie, I'm so very sorry. I know you braced for this the best you could, knowing all the while that nothing could truly prepare you, and that the steps toward healing from the loss will be lifelong.

You are so lucky to have had such a beautiful, loving mother, who gave so much of herself to her family and shared the gifts of life and love, music and art. May her memory stay warm and alive in your heart and mind.

Your dream is amazing. It seems you were visited by Someone who wants you to know you're not alone.

Love, hugs and my deepest sympathy.

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Floated on to yonder shores, Lizzie has not left you, she has gone before. Every so often you will feel her warm thoughts brush over you.

Though your heart aches, tears still fall, Lizzie will always be close to heart constantly comforting you.

RIP @lizziesworld your guiding hand and gentle soul will always be remembered in the garden of life.

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I am so terribly sorry about your loss. Will keep you and your family in my prayers in the difficult days to come.
The dream you had is very special. God is walking hand in hand with you on this difficult journey.
Your post is the most wonderful tribute to your mom.

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What a wonderful tribute to her! I am speechless.

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Oh no... no... no!
I cannot believe this has happened to your family @jaynie.
I always looked forward to reading your mom's post on steemit... I am so sorry!

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Wishing you and your family well during these tough times. I have both my parents, but my wife lost her dad.

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@jaynie,

Oh Jaynie, I'm so sorry. I wish I was there to give you a hug.

Your tribute was beautifully written and the Will to make it so ... was palpable.

Your Mom's paintings were beautiful (I had no idea I liked elephants so much) and it's apparent where you inherited your creativity and artistic skills.

While your Mom's soul may be in Heaven, the essence of who she was remains on Earth. It resides in the billions of synapses of those who remember her and in the beliefs and behaviors that such remembrances inspire. Cry now but, as quickly as you can, get to a place where you can remember her with a laugh ... for that is as she would have had it.

I leave you with a poetic toast I once wrote. The roles are reversed but the sentiment remains the same. I hope in it you may find some solace.

Two Beats

A thousand miles am I from home,
At war on distant shores,
Flares and fires and fearsome foes,
The guns, how do they roar.

Beside me lay a brother broke,
The time for him has come,
Perchance you'd think he'd speak to God,
... But he calls out for his Mom.

Did beat the blood that brought to life,
That beat, did life it stir,
It beat the blood, a Mother's heart,
Before you, yours ... was hers.

Now at the end, they beat again,
Two beats, then just the one,
A glass of wine, two hearts entwined,
Alone ... dies not a son.


I wrote an accompanying essay:

Do people know when they’re about to die?

Most soldiers who’ve spent anytime on a battlefield would probably answer in the affirmative. Although science has never been able to explain 'what life is,' human beings seem capable of understanding when “it” is almost gone. What is remarkable is what happens in the minds of the dying in the fleeting moments before the inevitable becomes inescapable.

Despite Western cultural elevation of individualism, human beings are incredibly social animals. We don’t want to live alone and, most assuredly, we don’t want to die alone.

Irrespective of religious beliefs (all of which, by definition, require faith – the belief in something one cannot prove), none of us can say with certainty whether death is the end of existence. Psychologically, the closest thing we actually have to the concept of 'life after death' … is being remembered. Being remembered means that the ‘concept of you’ will live on. What you need, therefore, is someone who believes that the world would be a lesser place but for the fact of your existence … and can, therefore, be trusted to keep you in it.

So who can you trust to ensure that ‘you'll live on?’ Most frequently, it is the person that ensured that you’d live in the first place. Your mother.

At some point during pregnancy, a woman experiences the phenomenal insight that “I” is now “we” and that “mine” has become “ours.” What happens to the one, happens to the other. Such profound interconnectedness leaves deep roots in the brains of both, roots that cannot be erased by time or space. As long one can remember the other, neither can ever be truly alone.

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Your Mother sounded like a treasure to anyone who crossed her path. Me and you are lucky to have had such Moms. Condolences to you in your loss of this beautiful,beautiful soul

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My deepest condolences my dear Jaynie on the passing of your beautiful mother. May she rest in peace. What a wonderful tribute to your dear mother, Lizzie. Much love 💖

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I've not said much...

As you know, dealing with my own issues. But so often, as my obvious empathic ways dictate... I'm there when I feel it's time, and this would be such time. There's nothing I could say, or music I could share, that hasn't been already.

Know your family is, and has been, in my family's thoughts and prayers.

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Created by me... for you... with love...

Wes...

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Dear @jaynie, it's really sad news and you find me wordless.
I wish I could be one of the angels she will be dancing with.

Sending all my love to both of you.

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I did not really actively engage with her much but the name stuck because of her heartfelt posts. Will be missed.

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Oh sweety, I am so sorry. She was a wonderful woman, and raised a wonderful daughter. You have put together a very worthy memorial.

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Lost many along the way myself and of all the songs I can relate to this that or the other situation, this one seems to rise above the ashes and stay on top of the stack. Has extreme emotions attached to it for me and maybe it'll help you find just a tad bit more solace. Much love sweets.

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Dear @jaynie, my heart goes out to you on the loss of your beautiful Mom, but how amazing was that dream, God reassuring you that he is waiting with open arms!
Your Mom Liz (Elizabeth Anne) is indeed dancing with the angels, pain free, young and beautiful again.
Was going to reply to your previous post and tell you that my mom Lily's birth name is Anna Elizabeth, also a tiny strong woman but getting frailer by the day!
Your Mom will live on forever in your heart, you've written a really beautiful tribute to your special angel.
Sharing this poem below written by another Elizabeth (Mary Elizabeth Frye)
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.

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I am truly sorry for your sorrow my dear @jaynie, what sad news, I hope God gives you and your family the strength to overcome this sorrow little by little.

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I'm so sorry for your loss, I'm so sorry your mother's earthly adventure is over. I interacted with her many times with pleasure, especially talking about flowers and gardening. R.I.P. @lizziesworld.

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so sorry for your loss , i lost my mom exactly a year ago, no words can describe the void. Just remember your not alone take care of yourself there are others who love and depend on you.

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Terribly sorry for your loss, Jaynie! Nothing ever prepares us for such moments and nothing that one can say could ease the pain of loosing a loved one. Stay strong and know that her spirit will always be in you and Jude, as both of you are really creative in so many ways! A big hug!

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Hi Jaynie I only just saw this, I know I don't have the words to heal your pain but my thoughts are with you. one love my dear.

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This is so painful to bear at this time.
Accept my heart felt condolence @jaynie.
@lizziesworld RIP moma. You will be forever missed.
Let the vacuum that have been created be filled again.
May the good Lord comfort you @jaynie.
Much love from Nigeria

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Hugssss....... sorry to hear about your loss....

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I'm very sorry @jaynie, I hadn't read your post, it's a waste of feelings and a nice way to honor her and share it with us. I'm very sorry for your loss, I hope you get a lot of comfort in music and in the pleasant memories and experiences with your mother, many blessings and a hug in the distance.

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There will never be enough words of comfort when the pain has reached our hearts. But receive all the blessings of so many friends who write to you and love you.
I wish you much strength and peace in your heart.
Big and strong hug @jaynie.

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So sorry. I just learned of your loss on twitter.

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