“No matter what our relationship has endured with family, when it comes to the end of the physical life, it is still a painful and profound loss…maybe the second time we’ve lost someone in our lifetime.

If we can find forgiveness and true empathy and compassion, we may still have an opportunity before they move on to the next plateau to say, “I forgive you. I love you.” It benefits us as well in the long run. It helps us to let go of our own anger, hurt, and our own agenda, in order to be there at the moment when one needs love around them as they transition. Everyone deserves to be loved. We all fall short of expectations, and fail from time to time. We all do the very best that we can with the tools that we have at any given moment. Forgiveness is a selfless act that truly speaks to the human condition where love is all that we are, where our actions match our words.

This may be our greatest gift to ourselves, and to each other.

Love…it’s all that there is, and it’s all that we can take with us.” – Wendy Blanchard, M.S., CHHC

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