At Peace

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Blue release
sandy shores
Soul’s retreat
hushed lagoon
Zephyr sighs
palm trees sway
Tranquil breath,
immortal

Bora Bora, French Polynesia Photo by: c.b.w. 2001

Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Photo by: c.b.w. 2001

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When I wrote this poem earlier this week, I had no idea just how much it would mean to me by today. Yesterday morning my Grandma passed away, but as the tears fall I know she is truly at peace. Through the grief, the same peace sits quietly inside of my heart. While I miss her, the love she gave me and the memories I have of her will always be part of me.

This is for you, Grandma. I can already feel you watching from above. I love you. xoxo

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c.b.w. 2012

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35 thoughts on “At Peace

    • Every time I feel a wave of grief, I think of something she said or hold onto a memory. While a few tears get away from me sometimes, it isn’t long before I smile again. I like to think I got that from her. šŸ™‚

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  1. She had a long, wonderful, fulfilling life. She didn’t die alone, and there was no pain, let’s be grateful for her peaceful passing with all the dignity she hoped for. Be strong for the family… for her.

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    • I learned how to be strong from you. Your strength through all of this is keeping me strong and I hope I’m doing the same for you. I am so grateful for the last memories I have of her and for the fact that it was peaceful when she decided to let go. Had it not been for that last evening with her I don’t know that I’d be as together as I am right now. Those last moments are precious to me and they bring me more joy than I thought possible.

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  2. I’m sorry for your loss. Your grandma was a great lady and a lot of fun to be with. I remember the last time I saw her (2003 or 04?) and we all went shopping at the craft fair looking for american flags and bunny rabbits.

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  3. settleandchase

    So sorry for your loss – I lost my dear Gran in May, such a profoundly tender, sad feeling.. but as you say it is a comfort to know that someone we loved so dearly is at peace. I felt that peace in my heart that you describe too – it’s a great comfort and full of love..I’m sure it is for you too..

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  4. It’s tough when a loved family member dies, CB. Look at it this way: any time you miss her, look around and realise that it’s just as though she stepped out for a few minutes. It’s not like she suddenly doesn’t exist, because she’s very alive in your thoughts and always will be.

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    • So true. She was around me all day today. I was even telling a friend how surprised I was to see how much of her was around me without even realizing it until now. The scarf I wear, the ring I put on every day, the music I hear . . . it’s all her. šŸ™‚

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  5. Beautiful tribute to your grandmother’s life and the memories of her you will hold onto forever. I am a long-time grandma and wonder how my grandkids will feel when this crotchety, old broad moves on.

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    • Thank you, Rita.

      I want to know that I am already talking to her. Yesterday, I was hanging up Christmas decorations and made sure she knew I wouldn’t forget to put out the candy dish she gave me a long time ago. šŸ™‚

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    • Thank you for the hug. šŸ™‚ Part of what brings me so much peace is knowing I got to say all the needed to be said and I think she did, too. She knows how special she is to me and I know what I mean to her. It’s all beautiful.

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  6. I’m so sorry. It’s so hard losing a grandparent, especially when it’s the first one, but this poem is such a beautiful reflection of the peace that she is at. Hope your heart finds peace as well as it heals.

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