In Loving Memory of
Shirley Ruth Hayes


My dearest Grandma, The world seemed to stop the day that you were taken from me. I couldn't believe that one minute you were there and the next minute you had ascended into heaven. I asked myself how could I live without you. There were times when I felt that I couldn't, and there were other times that I just refused. I was mad at the world, and I sat and wondered why did God take this time to take you from me, when it seemed that this is when I would need you the most. It's been almost 11 months since that night and not a day goes by that I do not think of you. Not a minute goes by that I don't remember all the things that you taught me, like how ladies don't sit with their legs crossed and that a small smile and a kind word can brighten not only my day but the people around me also. But the one thing that sticks with me the most is the time that you and I had the talk about death. The one time where I allowed myself to realize that people did not live forever. It made me sad. I remember sitting at the kitchen table, trying not to think about the fact that maybe one day you would not be there. But you told me that no matter what, you would always be there for me. That even if your body was not present, your spirit would live on forever. And that thought is what helps me get through those times where missing you is unbearable. I know that you are right here with me, guiding me as you had done in life, and I know that one day, you and I will be together again. Until then I will continue to find comfort in the fact that I had the time I did with you, and those memories will last until that joyous moment when we meet again.

You are always in my heart, Your granddaughter, Rissa


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