Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
— Dr. Seuss

I love this quote and I will try my best everyday to live this although some days it is challenging.  Some days it takes great effort.

Every day I wake up anew and tell myself today I am going to rejoice today; I am going to celebrate that I had 23  wonderful years with my daughter, and when I feel the sadness and the despondency of her loss start to overtake me, I try to remember none of us here is guaranteed any amount of time on this earth so I am going to try and live this quote and not feel sorrow that I only had 23 years with my daughter.

I will feel, rather, blessed and thankful that I did have 23 magnificent years with my daughter and I will always keep those years in my heart.

At least for today, I am going to rejoice in the memories, the beautiful wonderful memories, of my child, the beautiful amazing memories of my heart.

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Louise Lagerman

Louise is a mother to three: two sons, Eric and James, and her daughter Keren, who died in 2006 at the age of 23. Louise has worked in health care for many years in the geriatric field. She lives with her husband Steven outside of Houston, Texas. A year ago, she created and opened up Grief Support website and message board with friend and fellow bereaved mother Gladis Alcorta. Grief support now has over 500 members who share and depend on each other for support. Her favorite quote is by Jason Reeves, In my own way I take you everywhere I go and it feels like Home.

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