If I could post a heart-shaped emoji here, I would.
Me too. I've been using a lot of heart emojis recently. :(
Mom's "adopted" grandson lives in Vancouver now and we've decided to fly him home for her funeral where he will sit as one of our family beside my gay brother and his partner of 25 years, whom Mom loved as her own son. The "grandson's" parents may attend the service, which will be interesting. Mom would highly approve of this little bit of nose-thumbing.
Mom didn't have a lot of energy to talk in her final days but when she had bursts of energy, it was often to tell us to do something nice for someone, e.g. "Please get the bank on the phone so I can send money to my cousin. She needs a sleep apnea machine."
Your mom sounds wonderful.
What a great story - sometimes LBGT folks have to make their own families - families that you choose rather than you are born into. Wonderful to hear your mom chose to include this young man in your family. It probably made a world of difference to him.
It's great to hear you focus on the positive, even in the face of such sadness. Sounds like there was lots of positive stuff about your mom for making beautiful memories.
I'm finding it therapeutic and mostly positive to work on the obituary and eulogy, and to choose photos for the slide show. These tasks make me focus on happier times. However, as soon as I step away from the computer, it all hits me again. So I'm probably going to create the world's longest slide show so I never have to put my laptop down.
That's a wonderful story.
Sooo happy and sad for you.