An unexpected loss
As we relaxed in beautiful Maui, Hawaii, a treat to ourselves to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, my husband and I had left our cares behind and were simply enjoying life to its fullest. Yet, while as relaxed as we were, we also looked forward to heading back home to our families with refreshing new perspectives on relationships with those closest to us. After 10 days of bliss, we returned home to discover that my beloved mother-in-law “Mimi” had passed away unexpectedly. We were in shock and our family was extremely devastated, to say the least. We longed for just one more hug, just one more “I love you”. Having to tell our children that their Mimi had passed away was almost too much to bear. At their young ages, they had already lost their Grandpa and several other close family members.
The daunting task of clearing out Mimi’s home was now at the forefront of our lives. Because her house was now empty, as she lived alone, we felt it best to start by removing valuables from the home. We began with her jewelry box. Mimi did not wear a lot of jewelry. In fact, she really only wore her wedding band even though her husband “Grandpa” had died 6 years prior. As we started to remove and organize the pieces of jewelry, we were surprised with the number of items she had. There were numerous interesting pieces we had never seen before and knew nothing about.
Finding a void where precious memories belong