I’ve learned over time that when cancer takes someone you love, the initial mourning you experience is just that… initial. You deal with what has happened, and you say your goodbyes…. but it’s the afterward part that’s the hardest. Those moments when you’re not really thinking about the person who is gone, but something will happen and an automatic thought will enter your mind, and suddenly you’re facing it again.
You can shed tears that they are gone,
or you can smile because they have lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that they’ll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all they’ve left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see them,
… or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember only that they are gone,
or you can cherish their memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what they’d want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.