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  1. Casey Daley
    May 8, 2016 @ 1:17 pm

    Hey thinking of you and your family on this day.



  2. Naquana (Queen)
    May 8, 2016 @ 2:38 pm

    I thank God for You Jowanna! You helped make my mom’s memorial very memorable. With God’s words and people like you helps to make times like this more peaceful.

    Thanks you for all you did for my family.. We love you!!



    • Jowanna
      May 8, 2016 @ 6:40 pm

      Thank you for sharing your mom with me. Your family was just as much a blessing to me. I love you and I hope you find some comfort through knowing that I can relate to the rawness of where you are.



  3. Tammy
    May 8, 2016 @ 4:26 pm

    It’s been 1 year and 2 months since I lost my mom. I made it through that first year; all those firsts that were as hard as I expected them to be. The holiday and anniversaries where her absence was so evident.

    Most days, I’m good. Not a day has passed that I haven’t thought of her and missed her. I want to call her, talk to her, hear her laugh, have her yell at me, be embarrassed by the things she would say and do (just cause that’s who she was).

    Somehow, I convinced myself that having gotten through that year of firsts, the next year would be better. It isn’t.. Its like the reality hit. Getting through last year was practice. I really do have to be without her all the time.

    Most days, I’m good. I acknowledge the loss of her and go about my day. I enjoy seeing photos, talking about her. But sometimes, like when someone posts a picture of her on social media. That completely hits me off guard. Random stuff makes me stop and cry. It still really hurts. She collected turtles. It’s always a surprise to see a turtle figurine and have that silly thing make me cry.

    I’m not the first, last, or only person to have lost their mother. It is, after all, the natural order of things. But it’s the first, last, and only time I will loose MY mother. It’s really not even something I can share with my brothers. They lost their mom, too. But my mom was my mom. My loss is my loss.

    But, my mom raised a strong woman. So we cry a bit and continue the day. Go garden, clean something, get to work, hug a kid, and for my mom, play a little loud rock and roll.



    • Jowanna
      May 8, 2016 @ 5:01 pm

      I am so proud of you for sharing! You say it so well when you say that this losing your mother thing is “new” to you and that you only go through it once. Grieve my friend. I don’t know when things eased but it was not year 1, 2, 3 or 10 … but it did get easier. I love you and your sharing helps others.



  4. Robert Daley
    May 8, 2016 @ 8:22 pm

    A mother is a precious gem that can never be replaced. Take comfort in knowing she is looking down and watching over you boys during this time.



  5. Tristan Daley
    May 23, 2016 @ 9:13 am

    My thoughts are w the Glazener Family



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