Monday, January 20, 2014

When loved ones relocate to Heaven

***this is not one of my usual post***
My Nonna Annalucia passed this morning at 6am (our time). 

In less than 5 days she was gone.

She lived a long life (almost 99 years old).
But no matter the years,
losing a loved one is hard.
I feel like part of me has become only a memory.
As the song I was singing yesterday 
"When we arrive at eternity's shore, where death is just a memory and tears are no more"

Such a comforting song for me right now,
playing almost on repeat.
"When we arrive at eternity's shore
Where death is just a memory and tears are no more.
We'll enter in as the wedding bells ring
Your bride will come together and we'll sing
God You're beautiful"
--Phil Wickham

Grieving is important.
My heart is filled with hope.
Hope that there is life after death.
What a life she has lived.


Something Nice and Pretty said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, you look like her a bit♥

Lena said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, my friend!! Sending hugs and prayers your way!!

Sarah said...

Daniela, I'm sorry for your loss. I know the sudden feeling of emptiness. My mom, 99, passed away Thanksgiving morning, and then her sister, just two weeks later. It's the end of a generation in our family. A loss that is painful, though our hearts are filled with gratitude for the long, full life each one led. Thinking of you.

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

I am so sorry for your loss. You really resemble her

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Oh Daniela I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Condoglianze Daniela… I ricordi di tua nonna rimangano nel cuore…
Baci, Mary

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I'm so sorry for you loss. There is an amazing resemblance.

Libby said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Dani. I agree. It doesn't matter how long a person has lived, when they are gone, the pain is still very real. May you take comfort in God's word and His faithfulness throughout this time and forevermore.


Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Daniela. Sometimes grieving and hope do go hand in hand.
Blessings to you and your family.


Suzan Oxenreider said...

I am very sorry for your loss. The wonderful memories you have will be a source of joy and comfort in the days ahead.

Maria Elena said...

Daniela, I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs. Maria

Rita C. said...

My thoughts are with you, Daniela. I wrote a personal post just about 2 weeks ago remembering my mom's passing (it'll be 7 yrs next week). Like you, I am hopeful to see her again. {Hugs}

LittleMyoo said...

Yes, there is definitely a resemblance. I'm so sorry for your loss Daniela. You were blessed to have her for such a long time, but it's still so difficult to say goodbye. Hugs!!


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Yes it is so hard to lose ones we love so much. God Bless. Hugs, marty

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

I'm sorry for your loss Daniela. A Grandma is extra special.

Carla from The River said...

I am grieving with you. My grandma is in hospice right now. It has been a very hard time for our family. We thought she was going to be able to go to a nursing home, we had all the plans ready and the room set. Well, that did not happen, instead she got sick. We cleaned out her apartment last week. So many memories. I was best friends with my grandpa, so it feels like my grandpa is dying all over again too.
Praying for you.
xx oo

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Daniela,
Understanding fully how it feels like when your dear Nonna passes away and you sit here, across the big Ocean and tears cannot bring you nearer for attending her funeral. This is the very hard part of being a first generation immigrant. No matter what age, that does not change the level of grief... My Paternal Nonna lived to be 92-½ and my Maternal Nonna lived to be 97-½ and I always remember our last visit. But knowing in our hearts that they are still with us, without any pain and suffering and reunited with other loved ones that will wait for us to join them... Your Nonna now surely has become one of those Angels that we know by name, just as I wrote on January 11. This singer is great and with the lyrics it really is touching. Found the original version on YouTube:
Even that is a comforting feeling that such a young artist is sending such a strong message to the world! Yes, I believe in Angels and grieving is all right, it is part of life but your Nonna is with you and you look like her image!
A tight hug to you, this was very touching for me as well... teary touching!

Kelly said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! I loved seeing the photo you posted of her on facebook. These old photos you shared today are wonderful too. As hard as it is to have her pass away, I'm sure you can take comfort in knowing that she led a full and long life.

NanaDiana said...

I am so, so sorry, Dani. It is always hard to lose someone we love no matter how old they are. In a way, it is a blessing that she did not linger long once she was ill. My own brother died within 5 days of becoming ill, too. So sad. But, like you, I know where we will meet again. I don't know that song but I am going to listen to it now. xo Diana

Richard said...

So sorry for your loss. May the Lord fill the void in your life and know that she is resting in a much better environment.

Richard; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

Revi said...

Bless you - may you feel God's comfort during this time. I know it must be extra hard to not be there with family so far away. You look like her, Daniela...

marie said...

Daniela, so sorry for your loss. I am grieving with you as we lost our precious grandson (22) in a car accident Christmas morning. I have to believe we will see each other again. There is a hole in my heart. I hope my grandma, his great, great welcomed him in heaven with open arms.

Regena Fickes said...

I am sorry you will not see your Nonna in this life again. I lost my beloved "Ma" almost 30 years ago. Her memory is always with me. I am constantly using phrases she used and I see her in my children. When she went home, her favorite old hymn gave me comfort.I know it is a long comment, but maybe it will help soothe you.
"There will be a happy meeting in Heaven, I know
When we see the many loved ones we've known here below
Gathered on that blessed hilltop with hearts all aglow
That will be a glad reunion day.
A glad day, a wonderful day,
A glad day, a glorious day
There with all the holy angels and loved ones to stay
That will be a glad reunion day.

When we live a million years in that wonderful place
Basking in the love of Jesus, beholding His face
It will seem but just a moment of praising His grace
That will be a glad reunion day.
A glad day, a wonderful day,
A glad day, a glorious day
There with all the holy angels and loved ones to stay
That will be a glad reunion day."
Iris Dement

May the good Lord hold you in His arms and may you feel His eternal love.

Cynthia said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. Even though she lived a long life it doesn't lesson the pain. My heart goes out to you. I lost my mom when I was just 26 and she only 56. I have so many memories of her and I hold on very tight to everyone of them. They make me so happy when I think about how blessed I was to have her as my mom. Time will heal and you will feel the same way over time, promise!


Marylou said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Daniela. I lost my Mom a couple of weeks ago, and your post really spoke to my heart. Thank you for sharing! Until we "meet" again, may the Lord bless you abundantly and make YOU a blessing to someone else today! --Marylou

Linda said...

Bless your heart. What a blessing to be a.believer because we DO have eternal life and the comfort of knowing your dealy beloved grandmother is with the Lord. I pray you wil be comforted by the Holy Spirit. I want to be the kind of grandmother YOU had !

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Oh Dani, I am sorry about your Nonna. I'm hoping your sadness is replaced with happiness soon. I wish you peace.

Junkchiccottage said...

So sorry for your loss Dani. It is always hard to say good bye to someone we love. Hope all the fond memories you have of her will give you such joy to remember her by. You look a little like her. This was really sweet of you to share the photos and memories of her to help you grieve your loss.

Kerry Moody said...

What a wonderful song and photos you have to remember your grandmother and grieve the loss of her wonderful long life. You do look like her and I'm sure she was proud to call you her grandaughter. I still miss both of my grandmothers, but I will see them again one day!

Heather @ The Beating Hearth said...

My heart goes out to you right now. I have a most beloved Grandmother and I can't imagine being without her. Much love.