in the blink of an eye…

…everything can change…

my sweet Mutti left this world on Tuesday…

8 February…

she went to sleep and never woke up…

not easy to type these words…

even though her passing was sudden…

we are comforted that she did not suffer and that she died in her own comfortable surroundings…

tell someone you Love them…

you never know when it may be the last time they get to hear those words…oxoxo

“And that is dying

By ~Henry Scott Holland

I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a
speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle
with each other.
Then someone at my side says: "There, she is gone!"
"Gone where?"
gone from my sight.  That is all.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And just at the moment when someone at my side says:
"There, she is gone!"
There are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout:
"Here she comes!"
And that is dying."

68 responses to “in the blink of an eye…

  1. Dearest Patty, I am so sorry for your loss. May your Mutti be appearing on the horizon of some other lucky souls as your beautiful poem suggests. I am sending you love and healing wishes to you and to yours. Pen x

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  2. She is singing with the angels and soaring on her wings. God has always known her name and said welcome home yesterday. Her soul is dancing. May you hold in your heart her love for you forever. She will always be watching over you. Hugs, Marlynn

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  3. oooooPatty I am sitting here with the tears rolling down my cheeks….I felt like I knew Mutti……….omg..was she ill?? I feel for you and your family.
    I can only think that she did not have to linger on for months and months in pain like my aunt and then my dad. No one should have to go that way.
    She is in a good place and is always in your heart forever……take care dear Patty. I am thinking of you and sending you all the positive vibs I can through cyberspace dear one…………..love to you and your family, Cynnie

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  4. we can only see your life through bits and pieces here on your blog but I’m more than certain that you managed to express your Love to your Mutti many many times and in many gorgeous ways.
    I’m so sorry. sending you my Love and prayers.

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  5. Dear Patty…I feel that I knew your Mutti…her kindness, caring recipes, her beautiful likeness through photos. She will be remembered and missed.
    I know how proud she was of you and your love brightened her days.
    Dot

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  6. I am so sorry to hear this news Patty and although I haven’t known you long enough to know all the stories of your beloved Mutti I can feel how special and important she was.
    The poem says it best and I know there was a celebration as she returned home! My heart and prayers are with you Patty…
    Tina xo

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  7. Oh, Patty, I am so sorry for your sudden loss. My heart and thoughts are with you and the rest of your family.

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  8. Dear Patty,
    So deeply sorry for your loss.
    As an animal lover I know what a broken heart is left behind when we lose a good friend. Mutti is in a good place now,young again and has wings to fly forever. Many hugs & lov

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  9. Oh Patty, I am so sorry. My heart goes out to you and my prayers are with you and your family. Jan xx

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  10. Patty, I’m so sorry for your loss… Be comforted knowing she went peacefully…

    Like a butterfly flown,
    we no longer can see,
    fluttering in your heart,
    forever she will be.

    Dianne

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  11. Oh Patty….I echo the sentiments of others when they say they felt such an endearing connection to your beloved Mutti. From the most beautiful bride you’ve ever known to story after precious story… All told from the heart of a daughter expressing her love so beautifully for her Mutti.

    My heart and prayers will be with you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss…beyond what I can put into words.
    with my love, Sue

    …and what a beautifully elegant poem…even through your own breaking heart you find a way to bless and honor your most cherished Mutti…

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  12. Patty, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  13. I am so sorry – your Mutti will live on in you forever…………………….

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  14. Patty, I am truly and deeply sorry for your sudden loss. I’m at loss for words, but my thoughts and sympathy are with your and your family.

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  15. Dear friend, I feel like we all have known your Mutti through your beautiful words. My heart and my thoughts are with your and your family. Take care, Petra. x

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  16. Dearest Patty, I am so sorry, we could all tell how much you loved your mutti, and what a loss it will be for you. I am thankful that it was peaceful passing, which should bring some comfort for both of you. Love and hugs, Christen

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  17. Oh Patty, I am so sorry to hear this. Please know I will be thinking of you and your family with Love and sympathy.

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  18. You and your family are in my heart and thoughts sweetie.

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  19. Beautiful, beautiful sentiment.

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  20. My sincerest sympathy to you and your family, Patty. Losing a mom is such a hard loss; are you now the matriarch?

    A friend once said that, as long as there is someone to remember you, you are still alive. Through the words you have written about her, she will live forever.

    Love,
    Deana

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  21. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss but grateful that your dear Mutti left this world peacefully and in familiar surroundings. She will live on in your heart and all you shared together. Keep her memory alive! This morning I celebrated her life by getting out several of the sweet bunnies made by her hand. Such a Treasure for me to share.

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  22. sorry to hear about your lossxxthinking of youxxlynda

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  23. hugs to you dear Patty. Birds were singing this morning, the very first time this year they really did. Their songs must have accompanied your Mutti to heaven.
    love to you and your dear ones xox
    Dymphie

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  24. My sincere condolences, dear Patty! I wish you and your family much strength to cope with this loss. Cuddle you!

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  25. I never have words at times like this. I’m always amazed at the beautiful words of wisdom, comfort, hope, promises for a better tomorrow, and sincere sympathy that come from others. I cannot find those words. I know how close you were to your Mutti. I know there is not just pain in your heart, but an ache in your soul that won’t quickly go away or even subside. I know you miss her dearly. I know you have a whirlwind of activities right now that supersede anything else. I know I feel your sorrow. So, I hope the true meaning of this message comes across, even though the words aren’t there.

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  26. oh Patty, i am so very sorry . what a hard post this must have been to write.
    I know how much you loved your Mutti and it sounded like such a wonderful relationship that you had with her.
    my love and sympathy to you and your family …………hugs Jenxo

    you are so right about telling someone you love them today cos you dont ever know…..

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  27. Oh Patty… I am so sorry for your loss – February must bethe hardest Month for you. If I had any words of comfort I would pass them to you…. You and your family are in my thoughts – sending you a big hug from over the ocean. Take care sis…

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  28. Patty…I am so sorry for the sudden loss of your Mutti. I honestly think a sudden is more difficult then one you’ve seen on the horizon. It’s been less than a year since my dad passed, although with very different circumstances. Peace to you my friend. My door is always open….

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  29. I am so sorry, Patty. You & your family will be in my prayers.

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  30. ooo sweet patty, i am so sorry…o dearest, words can not express…my heart goes on it’s wings to you and your family….xoxox

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  31. I’m so very sorry Patty.

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  32. I love you Patty and I love your mom for bringing you into this world.<3

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  33. Dearest Patty, there are tears in my eyes and my heart is breaking for your loss. There just aren’t enough words to express my sorrow. Please know that you and yours are in my thoughts, heart and prayers. Take comfort in knowing that your sweet Mutti was taken Home in her sleep surrounded by loving angels and that Sweet Alex was waiting to greet her. Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolence. Many blessings, Terri xoxoxo

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  34. Dear Patty,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My words are totally inadequate when I attempt to express my sympathy. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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  35. Dear, dear Patty,
    You have been in my thoughts constantly. Your Mutti knew how much you loved her. This I know.
    Do you know that is one of my favorite poems about dying? I have not seen it for awhile. It really expresses how I feel, too. I can imagine her being welcomed with such love and joy, though I understand the deep sadness on your side of the ocean.
    I am sending yours much love.
    Suz

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  36. You know I’m thinking of you Patty and sending much ♥love♥.
    Your lovely Mutti will be watching over you and feeling proud….
    xoxo

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  37. I know you adored your mother. And you know I am sending you my love.
    Hugs,
    Jan

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  38. Dearest Patty, I am so sorry to read this…you’ll always have her love in your heart, that won’t ever leave you. She’s in God’s arms and right now, I know He’s carrying you! With heartfelt condolences and prayers for you and your family!

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  39. Oh Sweet Patti, my heart just aches for you. I have felt this pain all too well. You are her legacy, her life’s work, and her pride. Know that she would want you to celebrate her life and continue to live yours. Allow yourself the time to grieve, to remember, and even to feel happy when the warmth of her memory envelops you. My most loving thoughts are with you. I wish you strength and comfort. xx,
    Autumn Clark

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  40. Oh Patty I am so sorry, my condolences. What a beautiful poem…..
    A big Hug for you and take care ,
    oxo

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  41. Oh, dear friend, so much grief. I hope your sweetest memories bring you peace and much comfort.
    Blessings and a million hugs
    lynn

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  42. Patti, so sorry to hear of your loss. Condolences to you and your family and friends who loved her!

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  43. it’s always so sad to suffer loss and my thoughts are with you at this time

    Love Dawn xx

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  44. There must be so much sadness in your heart Patty. I feel deeply for you and understand a bit of what you are going through. I am thinking of you and your family and send you my condolences in this painful time.

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  45. So sorry for your loss. I have no other words but I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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  46. Oh Patti I know that nothing I say will heal the hole in your heart right now – only time can do that. But I do care and my thoughts are with you and your family in this dark and sorrowful time.

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  47. Dear Patty
    I’m so, so sorry – your darling Mutti has gone – I feel your loss.
    You have always written such beautiful words about her and we’ve all felt your deep love and respect for her.
    Your poignant poem is one of love, hope and faith:
    ‘and other voices ready to take up the glad shout:
    “Here she comes!”
    I’m a believer so in my heart, I’m sure that all her family who have gone before her, were there with open arms, and they will look after her.
    Take heart dear Patty, you have much love wrapping around you at this very sad time, from all around the world.
    Love, prayers and big caring hugs to you and your family
    Shane

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  48. Dear Patty, You have my deepest sympathy for the big loss which you have suffered. You will lack your Mutti. I have lost my mum 10 years ago and think every day of her. But we should be glad to have had them so long. The time cures not all wounds, but she teaches us to handle with pain. I hope that this was right English, all I want to say is: I feel with you

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  49. Patty,

    Words are never enough, but I wish her a safe journey and healing thoughts to you and yours who are left behind.

    There is a candle lit here.

    x

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  50. Ohhhh Patty. I am so sorry. It’s so hard to lose a parent. I think I’m going to cry, I lost my dad 21 years ago. I guess we always think of our parents that they’ve always been there and always will be… Sending you a big hug. I never know what to say at times like this, I’ll keep you in my thougths and prayers, and please know that my heart goes out to you, if there’s anything I can do just email me.

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  51. I have no words – and a blog comment is not enough – I am thankful that I have your address though. Much much love to you dear one.

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  52. kathleen aka kitty

    So sorry about your Mutti. I’ve been to ^&%*( w/my granny who is 98 1/2. She had pneumonia, but once again, tricked us allll. To the store AGAIN to return the black duds……I think your Mutti had a gooood plan…..the suffering is horrible. Quality of life-nil……and yet the ole ticker keeps on ticking……Thinking of you.<3 My mother LOVES that poem. She is 72 and stillll taking care of her mom!!! oy.

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  53. I am saddened by your loss of Mutti. I hope you can feel the love and hugs coming your way and that they comfort you both. Take care.

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  54. Oh I am so sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with you and your sweet family Patty. ~Janee

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  55. Dear Patty..i’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart and thoughts are with your family during these difficult moments…. warm hug….steph

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  56. I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs coming your way!

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  57. Dear Patty;
    I’m so sorry…
    Many hugs and love for you and your family
    Guriana

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  58. Oh, my dear, dear Patty — how my heart aches for you as I read these words. Your Mutti has left a great impression on me and I am sure on others, but without doubt, her greatest impression I know was on you. This must create a terribly empty space in your world and especially in your heart.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you for your healing. You were so blessed to love so much and to have this wonderful light in your life; alas — it makes it all the sadder to say goodbye.

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  59. patty my deepest sympathy for the loss of your sweet pup..that is a heartbreaking moment..been there..

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  60. Dearest Patty, I am so sorry to hear of your sudden loss. My heart and thoughts are with you and the rest of your family at this sad time.
    Hugs!
    Jan x

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  61. My dear sweet Patti, my heart is aching , I am so very sorry for your loss and I am dissapointed at myself for not knowing about this until now because I have been away from blogland last week.
    Your sweet Mutti is now with your Alex, and what a blessing that she went to sleep and floated off to peace. Still it hurts, my heart is with you dear one.

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  62. Dear Patty, I just returned home from hospital and had to learn that your dear Mutti has gone. It makes me so sad… Please know that my heart is with you!
    Sending you healing vibes, hugs and much love!
    Dagmar

    Love the poem!

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  63. so sorry to hear this sad news Patty. sending healing thoughts your way. xo

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  64. I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending over some hugs!
    Hanne

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  65. I am so sorry I am just now learning of your loss, Patty. Sending thoughts of love and caring your way and prayers for your comfort. The poem about the ship is one of my very favorites.

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  66. I´m late, but I´m thinking of you … we also call our mother Mutti (an expression that isn´t often used nowadays), and I just hope she´ll have some time left. Maybe it helps to know that going away without suffering for a long time is the best we can wish for.

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  67. I’m so sorry–I haven’t been keeping up with a lot of blogs over the past few weeks, but I’m glad I came here to get caught up on your posts. I’m sorry about your loss–this dying business is so very hard for those of us who are left behind . . . my love and prayers are with you and your family . . .

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