Janette Kenny

Death came calling

I’m so sorry I haven’t posted anything lately, but my mother was in critical condition the past week, so I, for the most part, stayed by her bedside. I believe I’ve found a new definition of exhaustion married to worry.

Mom passed on the evening of 11-15-07, peacefully which was a blessing for her, and to those of us left behind. She was so much more than a mom to me: she loved to brainstorm ideas, loved to dig into a first draft, and loved the written word. But above all, she was my best friend.

I’ve no doubt she will be sadly missed for a very very long. Some shoes can’t easily be filled, even if they are small ones.

Rest in peace at last, dear Mama. Rest in peace.

22 comments to “Death came calling”

  1. Jennifer Y.
    November 17th, 2007 at 12:36 pm · Link

    Awww….BIG HUGS! I am sorry for you loss!

  2. Jan
    November 17th, 2007 at 7:59 pm · Link

    Thanks, Jennifer. It’s been a trying couple of weeks.

  3. Ellen
    November 17th, 2007 at 9:48 pm · Link

    Jan – Hugs to you. Having been through my Mom’s battle with cancer and eventually losing her to it I know how you feel. With God’s help you will get through this and altho you will always miss her you will begin to heal and remember her without pain.

  4. Marie Peck
    November 17th, 2007 at 10:32 pm · Link

    Jan, I’m so so sorry for your loss. I know words are trite at a time like this but they’re all we have from afar. I hope you can find some measure of peace as you get through the following days.

  5. Jaci Burton
    November 18th, 2007 at 8:35 am · Link

    Jan, I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I lost my mother this spring and I’ll miss her forever, but I carry such fond memories of the bond we had as mother and daughter. The pain does ease. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

  6. Melissa K.
    November 18th, 2007 at 9:47 am · Link

    Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your Mother. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers. GOD BLESS.

  7. Larissa Ione
    November 18th, 2007 at 11:05 am · Link

    Oh, Jan, I’m so sorry! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. (((hugs)))

  8. Tori Lennox
    November 18th, 2007 at 2:02 pm · Link

    Jan, I’m so sorry. *hugs*

  9. Michelle Willingham
    November 18th, 2007 at 3:32 pm · Link

    Jan–I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. Wish I could give you a hug right now. Hang in there, sweetie.

  10. Jan
    November 18th, 2007 at 5:37 pm · Link

    It’s never easy, Ellen, but I know you’re right and that time heals.

    Thank you, Marie. The singular acts of kindness I’ve encountered so far on this new path have been very helpful to the healing process.

    Ah, hugs back atcha, Jaci! I don’t think the true mother-daughter bond is ever severed, even in death.

    Thanks so much, Melissa K.

    I feel the hug, Larissa. Thanks much!

    Thanks, Tori!

    I’m holding on tight, Michelle. The support of family and friends helps so very much.

  11. JoAnn Ross
    November 18th, 2007 at 9:17 pm · Link

    Jan, I’m so very sorry and am hoping that happier memories — such as those brainstorming sessions, which sound wonderful — help you though this very sad time. Blessings and white healing light from the mystical, magical Smoky Mountains.

  12. Maureen
    November 19th, 2007 at 12:11 pm · Link

    Jan, I too am so sorry for your loss.

  13. Lis
    November 19th, 2007 at 12:26 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear about your loss.

  14. Jan
    November 19th, 2007 at 7:36 pm · Link

    Thanks, JoAnn. My mom’s family hailed from those mystical mountains, and I know that white light is a powerful healer.

    Maureen and Lis, thanks much. It was a trying day emotionally, but I got through it with the loving support of family and friends.

  15. kathy H.
    November 19th, 2007 at 10:28 pm · Link

    I don’t know the pain of losing a parent. I’ve been so lucky to have both of mine for such a long time. But from what I hear, time does ease the pain but nothing can take away all the wonderful memories you have of good times spent with your Mom. I didn’t know her well but the short time I did spend with her was fun & she had such a great personality. What a wonderful lady & Mother. Love you!

  16. Bev Stephans
    November 20th, 2007 at 12:14 pm · Link

    Dear Jan,

    I’m very sorry to hear of your Mother’s death. It is never easy. I send you my condolences and wishes that you will remember all of the good times that you had with your mother.


    Bev Stephans

  17. Kay Stockham
    November 20th, 2007 at 8:33 pm · Link

    Jan, my deepest sympathy. I’m so sorry for your loss.


  18. Edie
    November 21st, 2007 at 5:33 pm · Link

    Jan, if you need anyone to brainstorm with or dig into your first draft, just call or email me. I’m here. 🙂

  19. Jan
    November 21st, 2007 at 8:01 pm · Link

    Love you too, Kathy! We’ve talked about this situation so much over the years, but I tell you the reality of it hurts far more than we imagined. Thanks for going to see Mom, and for coming to the funeral, and the flowers, and the talks. You’re a wonderful friend–I feel blessed. 🙂

  20. Jan
    November 21st, 2007 at 8:06 pm · Link

    Bev, I’ve been remembering lots of little things today, and made up her coleslaw dressing for tomorrow, which made me smile. There were lots of good times to fondly recall over the years. 🙂

    Kay, thank you so much.

    LOL, Edie! You’re a terrific brainstormer, and I will be calling on you. Thanks, GF! 🙂

  21. laDonna
    December 3rd, 2007 at 5:54 pm · Link

    Jan, so sorry for your loss. I just read the news recently. Take care of you, and remember the good times. Sending warm thoughts your way. Big hugs!!!!

  22. Jan
    December 6th, 2007 at 9:57 pm · Link

    I am remembering the good times, LaDonna. Just wish she hadn’t had to go so soon, especially now that things are clicking with the writing.

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