My mom would sometimes say “I’ll catch you on the flip side”, except this time when I said my final goodbye, she simply said the words....
She closed her eyes, and at 11:04am on Thursday, December 17th she passed away and went to be with Jesus.
As someone who spends her days writing and speaking, there are days where I am at a loss for words. There are no words to write or to speak, but that is actually where the magic happens.
If you are still, present and listen quietly between breaths, you will know and hear your truth and the voice of God.
There comes a time in everyone’s life where a spiritual surrender must happen. Where we tap out. Where we surrender to God’s plan for our life, and not our own.
This year, a virus took the world by storm and we experienced a new normal. It was during this time in history, where my Mother received her lung cancer diagnosis, and started her treatments.
The past 9 months, she was a walking miracle. As I watched my Mom battle cancer she continued to hold her head high, and to fight for her health even when life was knocking her down. It was a testimony of her strength and divine will to live.
Every day was a gift, and not one single complaint come from her mouth, and it reminded me of how much time and energy we waste complaining about situations and circumstances that are simply out of our control.
As her cancer progressed, I had the blessing and honour of having my Mom move into our home, and knew I was called and chosen for a new purpose at this time in my life. The children loved having their Nanny here. There was so much joy, love, laughter, happiness, singing, dancing, memory making, deep conversations about life, and faith.
In the end love always prevails, and one morning I walked into my Moms room and she told me she couldn’t do it anymore. I got on my knees, took a deep breath, stayed present, looked into her eyes and listened. She made the decision to proceed with her wishes of having a medically assisted death.
Her mind was made up. Her heart spoke and her soul knew it was time, and that is how you transform your life.
For transformation and a new beginning to occur, there is a period of intense isolation, darkness, struggle, a well thought out decision, a plan of action, trust, belief, and a leap of faith. Then there is death of the old, and a rebirth of the new.
It’s a beautiful process, when you’re still alive and have much life left ahead of you. It is a difficult process when you’re about to lose your life and you’re leaving your family and loved ones behind.
Death is not the end, but rather a new beginning and I felt beyond grateful and blessed that I was there alongside my sister to send her off. Giving so much thanks and praise for her life. She was surrounded by so much love and strength, and I was supported with so much love, strength and peace within me.
My Mother was one of my greatest spiritual teachers and I couldn’t have asked for a better mother who built me up strong enough to stand on my own two feet. A mother who taught me right from wrong and who always supported me, and allowed me to make our own decisions in life.
She taught me confidence, bravery, work ethic, and leadership.
She taught me how to be a warrior and to speak up for what is right and to not worry about the opinions of others. Most importantly she taught me to always follow my heart and soul, even if some people might not understand, for those that truly love you will always be around to support you.
I said in the beginning there comes a time in everyone’s life where surrender must happen. When we don’t surrender we continue to suffer. When we align with our truth, we are set free and will soar higher than ever before, and I know the heavens are roaring.
My Mother had a huge purpose and calling on her life and I’m forever grateful for her and the legacy that she leaves behind.
Now more than ever I choose to wake up and live my life on purpose, embody the spirit of love, honouring each day, every breath, the gift of time, and I hope that you will choose do the same.
Know you can do hard things, even if life is knocking you down for you have that strength within you. May you wake up and live your life. Every day that you wake up is a new beginning to make your life anything you want it to be. Don’t forget that.
In memory of Margaret Louise Martin
September 26, 1948 – December 17, 2020
I thank all who have sent prayers of strength, and beautiful messages about how my Mom impacted and made a difference in your life. It brings me so much comfort and joy knowing she left her mark and made this world a better place.
There will be no visitation or funeral. Her way. Her wishes, and way it should be right until the very end.
John 14:17 – “the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
John 14:19: - “Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live."
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