I saw this picture recently on the Facebook page of Missing Loved Ones. It so very beautifully expresses who we are and always will be without the physical presence of our loved one.
We lose ourselves in our grief. We lose our identity and our way in the world. We are so ripped apart by our loss, we fumble and stumble with no direction and no idea of who we have become. Who are we now?
We are the ones left behind (oh how we so often desperately wish it could have been us or we went too).
We are the ones suffering so very much.
We are the ones that ache and hurt with the missing and the longing of our loves lost.
We are the ones that have to find our way through the grip of our grief back into life.
And we will. And we do.
And all the while we keep them alive, in our hearts and minds.
We love them more than we ever thought possible and we remember so very much what they meant to us and still do.
We are the rememberers.
We are the ones that will continue to speak their name.
We are the ones that will treasure the mementos and think of them so often through the moments of every day.
We are the ones that will continue to keep their memory alive in the hearts and minds of others, lest they ever be forgotten.
We are the ones that will forever know just how very much they mean to us.
We are the ones.
We will cherish them.
We will love them always.
We will keep them forever with us.
We will never forget.
We will live for them and do what they are not able to.
We will start rituals, build memorials and create lasting legacies for them through us.
For we are the rememberers and we will never forget what they brought to our lives.
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