Friday, May 27, 2011

Preparing Myself

angelphoto © 2006 Shirl | more info (via: Wylio)When we initially lost Erica suddenly, I was in a state of shock.  Almost three months later that shock is long gone.  I am totally aware of what we have lost.  So I'm trying to prepare myself mentally for tomorrow. 

May my Guardian Angel be beside me, with her arms around me, giving me strength to get through the day.  I found this prayer.  I'm not Catholic but I thought it was appropriate.

"Angel of God, my guardian dear
To whom God's love commits me here;
Ever this day be at my side,
To light and guard, to rule and guide."

-Traditional Catholic Prayer

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Burying Her Ashes

Rookwood Cemeteryphoto © 2006 Louise Docker | more info (via: Wylio)Erica's wishes were to be cremated.  I have to tell you that seeing the small box our bodies are reduced to sent chills through me.  This Saturday we are burying her ashes in the cemetery.  It has been hard for my parents to take this step.  I'm trying to prepare myself the best I can.  I know I'll have a lot of emotions resurface.  Burying her ashes is an important step in our road to healing.

 Prayer: In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to Almighty God our Sister Erica; and we commit her body to the ground; earth to earth; ashes to ashes, dust to dust. The Lord bless her and keep her, the Lord make his face to shine upon her and be gracious unto her and give her peace. Amen.  
~From the Book of Common Prayer. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Guilt Phase

photo © 2009 Jan-Joost Verhoef | more info (via: Wylio)Shortly after Erica's death I started to feel guilty.  This guilt phase only lasted a couple of weeks but I still have a random feeling of guilt every once in awhile.  Here is the rant/thoughts that would go off in my head.  It didn't seem right that I get to live and watch Erica's daughters grow up and she lost her life.  Why Erica?  I don't have children.  So why not me?  Is God trying to teach me a lesson?  What am I supposed to learn from this?  Even though I know her death had nothing to do with me, these irrational thoughts and guilt would appear.

In my head I was trying to rationalize my loss.  On a daily basis I try to make logical, planned and safe decisions.  Erica's death wasn't logical to me.  She had an allergic reaction, she got to the hospital, why couldn't they save her?  I want a logical explanation.

Even though the guilt phase is over I still have nagging thoughts that plague me.  Some of these thoughts are rational and others irrational.  I'm doing my best to make sense of each one and work through it.  I'm okay with saying that my healing is still a work in progress. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Giving up Control

Praying Handsphoto © 2006 Valorie Beaman | more info (via: Wylio)Control is a funny thing.  When everything is going great taking control is not hard.  When times get tough it is easier to seek someone else for help.  We also like to take credit when things are going well, and we like to blame others when things go wrong.  For me giving up control is a tough subject.  I've never been one to leave things up to chance.  I like to know what the plan is.  So learning to let go will take some adjusting on my part. 

For years I've made my own decisions concerning my life.  I would consider the pros and cons and make the decision that best suited my wants/needs.  Now as I'm searching for a new approach I feel a little lost.  How do you make the transition on giving up control?

I was thinking about the subject and I remembered a Bible scripture:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. - Proverbs 3:5-6

Giving up Control is going to start with leaving  my path up to God.  I pray that  He will guide me on how to make the transition.  So today is the day that I am giving up control.