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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

How?

How do you write about someone slipping into death? Losing her battle against a foe she could never see but knew was there nonetheless?

How do you write about all the fears she voiced? Her worst that of being alone when the time finally arrived?

How do you write about the pain she experienced? So intense she curled into a ball and bit her fingers?

How do you write about her sadness at not being able to smile any longer? So deep her eyes shone with what little tears remained?

How do you write about her strength slowly draining away? Mustering all her energy to nod when asked if she knew she is loved?

How do you write about mere seconds of recognition registering in her brown eyes? Fleeting but hopefully giving her solace knowing family was there?

How do you write about a family gathered to say goodbye to a loved one slipping into death?

Elizabeth Ellen Heath Pauken, December 28, 1934 -- December 21, 2011, you are much loved and will be greatly missed.

2 comments:

Justamom said...

Jennifer, you said it so beautifully. Thank you for sharing your "gift of words" with us on the blog. Love you!

JK said...

Thank you. The best way I know how to deal with pain is by writing. Love you, too.