Today’s daily prompt from WordPress asked: “Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?”
My favorite quote is by Thomas Campbell:
“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die”
This quote was sent to me by a colleague when my mom died, and I have used it many times in emails, posts, post comments, and my mom’s eulogy. Because this quote has touched my heart in such a deep way, I share it with those who have lost loved ones, hoping that the words bring comfort to them like they have to me. I find comfort in these words because I know that even though my mom is dead, her love, her smile, and her laughter live on in my heart. Her memory is still alive in the hearts of those who love her most.
This quote also reinforces the promise I made to my mom – to keep her memory alive for her grandkids. I know my kids still miss their grandmother. My daughter often feels that she missed out on time with her grandmother because she was so young when my mom died. So I tell her stories about things she did with her grandmother and times I spent with my mom, and I always tell her how much her grandmother loved her and still does.
I truly believe that the way we “live on” after death shows the type of person we were in life. The fact that this quote symbolizes my mom to me now shows the deep and everlasting impact she made on my life. I want to remember her, and I do not want my mom to be forgotten by others.
This quote has helped me to realize that although my mom is gone, she will never be forgotten. My mom’s memory lives within my heart, and I remember with love the times we spent together.