I have had this literal pain in my heart for the past few days and I guess with planning for mom’s funeral, which is tomorrow, I have not really grieved and last night as I was crying and listening to songs such as Heaven God Another Angel and others, the tears flowed for the pain mom endures this last period of her life, the fact I had had her for 96 years, the disappointments in her life, my life, for my dad, the fact that we had not been able to be a family the three of us.  As I was looking at my files today I found this poem and I think it is a great way to look at the loss of a loved on.  They are not truly gone, not by a long shot.  They live on in our hearts, memories, in life itself, as we keep and share those memories, traditions.