My mother-in-law passed away over the weekend. We found out on Monday and things have been topsy-turvy since then. She was 73 and a long time smoker, so we think that was the cause but we’ll know more in a few days.
I debated whether to post anything about this. I’ve only met her a few times and though she seemed to be a lovely woman, I really didn’t know her that well. She gave me an art nouveau style necklace once worn by her mother, which I dearly love. She was funny, with a quirky sense of humor. Her relationship with my husband was certainly different from the one I share with my mom, but it appeared to suit them both.
In my life, it seems that people pass in the winter. I’m not sure why that should be; I haven’t done any research on statistics to bear this out, but it just seems to be the case. The holidays are always tempered in our household because of it – we celebrate the season but we mourn those who are gone from the table.
I hope I can help my husband through this, though I certainly have no expertise in grief counseling. But I’d like to keep her memory alive and help him to remember the times in their lives that were special to them.
Goodbye, Gayle. Your family misses you.