May He support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed and the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then in his mercy may He give us a safe lodging and a holy rest and peace at the last.

Cardinal Newman

The one-year anniversary of my mom’s death was this past Saturday. The interlude in the poem occurred a few weeks after she died and lasted only briefly, as my dad went downhill pretty quickly after that. The quote above was on a sympathy card I received. Peace to our s!


A feeling from
out of the blue:

Mom did what
was hers to do

I felt a lovely
buoyancy too

That vanished
as Dad’s needs grew.


  1. Donna M Day says:

    Beautiful. We lost a family member a couple of months ago after his wife passed in February. You’ve captured consecutive grief perfectly. ❤️

    1. Thank you, Donna. My sympathies to you on the deaths of your family members.

  2. This is beautiful; thank you for sharing, Stephanie


  3. murisopsis says:

    My heart aches with you. I still miss my mother. I’m so sorry that you had to endure the grieving and at the same time see your father deteriorate. (hugs)

    1. Thank you, Muri. I send a hug back to you. :)

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