Friday, November 09, 2007

Long Journey Home


Time is the only healer and music a salve for the feelings of grief my family and I are feeling.

In Honor of my Mom: February 18, 1925 to November 8, 2007 - touched so many, loved by all.

Her strength, wisdom, beauty, sense of humor, capacity for love and forgiveness are unequaled. We'll miss her more than words could ever convey.

In the link below is the Robert Plant and Alison Kraus collaboration called Raising Sand. The whole cd is beautiful, YOUR LONG JOURNEY in particular seems to have been sent to us right about now. If you care to hear the song or any of the album, click "Listen to Album" after the jump.

36 comments:

ariel said...

Oh my God. I'm so sorry, Gina. I'd love to say something smart and comforting but I'm just crying.

neva said...

Gina -- i didn't see this post earlier, and am, needless to say, struck by its poignancy, as well as the fact that i linked to these very artists in the bottom half of my lame attempt to channel you for today's Saturday Spin. how weird is that?

love to you and yours, dearest NBFF. i know your heart is broken, and it will be a long while before Life makes sense again. may the journey towards that end be, at the very least, a peaceful one. xoxox

tsduff said...

Gina - know that my most tender thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. There is no one on the earth quite like one's own mother, and I don't know how to tell you you'll get on without her. I'm so sorry - hugs to you and your dear ones.

actonbell said...

{{Gina}} You have expressed your love so beautifully. I am so sorry for your loss.

Diesel said...

I'm sorry, Gina. I'll be thinking of you and your family.

Doug said...

We're all thinking of you, Gina. Sorry for your loss.

Minka said...

"Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror." Kahlil Gibran

When you look into the mirror I hope you recognize the eternity your mom left behind... and which you already passed on.

I have no other words for now, just know that you are loved!

G said...

Thank you all for your kind words which won't soon be forgotten. They make the steps through the grieving process that much gentler. Truly.

XOX
Gina

Shayna said...

Gina, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

"Cause there's holes in the floor of Heaven
and her tears are pourin' down
that's how you know she's watchin'
wishin' she could be here now
And sometimes if you're lonely
just remember she can see
there's holes in the floor of Heaven
and she's watchin' over you and me"

She is looking down on you and I'm sure you have always made her proud.

I have a new site http://mymusichighway.blogspot.com
Stop by when things calm down for you.

Your in my thoughts!

Kyahgirl said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. There is no way to help with this kind of pain so just know that I'm sending lots of warm hugs your way.

Shari said...

Oh, I am so sorry, G. Prayers and thoughts are sent to you and your family.

Pavel said...

I'm so sorry, Gina. Much love to you and your family....

Auntie Trish said...

Dearest Gina: How, just how, will we ever fill this vast hole that used to be our hearts and soul? When will we awaken without tears rolling down our cheeks, or emptiness filling the hours and minutes? Mommy was the epitome of all that we know as "mother". Hope. Support. And mostly, time. It was unusual to get her phone message: instead, she rose to the phone, answered with her melodic: "hay loowwwww" and available for as long as we needed or wanted to talk. I can't stop crying as I write this, I feel such sadness as I never thought possible. I thank God we have one another, but I feel as though we are a litter of pups that have been weaned too soon.... sort of like Louie. I can't evision tomorrow, and then the next morrow. One day at a time, one hour at a time. Thank you for the beautiful music...xxooo Trish

Theresa said...

Gina, I'm so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you and your family.

Joel said...

Gina our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...if you need anything please don't hesitate.

The Babka Nosher said...

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.
- Thomas Campbell

May your mother's memory be for a blessing.

TLP said...

I'm sorry for the loss of your mother. She'll be in your heart forever.

Michael said...

I'm very sorry to hear of your loss!

Miz BoheMia said...

My dearest Gina,

Forgive my absence from your blog... I had left a message over at the Snark for you, not knowing at all that you had posted here... ay.

You have most definitely been in my thoughts and I am so, so sorry for your and your dear family's huge loss. I cannot even begin to fathom what you must be going through and hope that your healing is coming along, erasing the pain and leaving behind much sweetness, somehow and in spite of the situation, for you and yours.

If ever there is anything I can do for you, you have my number... Big boho neshikot always...

Claire said...

Gina -I'm sorry for your loss. I hope your warm memories of her will sustain you while you are waiting for time to dull the pain. Prayers, hugs and warm thoughts sent to you and yours.

Nessa said...

I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

cindra said...

Gina-my thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours right now.
Much Love,

Cindra

G said...

I'm sorry if I don't answer each of your beautiful comments individually. You should know each and every one has been a great comfort to me as I have read and reread your words.

Each expression has touched me in a special way and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Much love to all,
Gina

piaSavage said...

Gina I didn't think you would be posting this week, so mea culpa also

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family

Would like to say that Neva's post wasn't lame at all

You Gina are so special, and that says much about your mother.

The post was beautiful in its simplicity

Time is the only healer--time love and laughter with family and friends

Grief is so strange. It comes, goes and just when you think...it comes back. But then it begins to be filtered through the great memories.

G-d, if there is one, is good that way

Blogs are great for thrashing out the pain. Don't worry about using your blog, if you have to or want to, for healing

Sometimes I think blogs were invented to be grief therapy

And don't ever worry about not commenting. Or commenting on your blog. People do understand that you might need to write and not answer

ariel said...

*hugs*

pat said...

G:

no words can speak to the loss....as clearly as music. thanks for sharing the song with us - it is perfect. Your brother in love and grief - Pat

Mo'a said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you can find comfort in the memories of the love your Mother had for you. Much love to you and your family, Mo'a

the frogster said...

Gina- I wrote one of these posts for my dad just a few months ago. It's here. All I'll say is that my thoughts are with you and I've been there.

Gale said...

I am so sorry for loss, words fail me. You are in my prayers.

tsduff said...

Thinking of you through the hardest of times - empty chair at the holidays, memories so fresh and dear, and yet so deeply sorrowful. Hugs.

Pavel said...

G, I just wanted to write one more time to wish you a good Thanksgiving time with the family, though I can't imagine it not being hard. I will be thinking about you and your family and praying that you will all find peace and many fond memories tomorrow.

neva said...

With loving thoughts for a peaceful and hopeful Thanksgiving, dearest NBFF. xox

Logophile said...

Oh man, G.
Hugs, honey, Im so sorry.
May you comfort each other with your precious memories and love.

G said...

Thanks to all. It's Thanksgiving and I certainly give thanks to all of you for your comforting words and for being here to support me during this tough time.

Time passes and heals - thankfully and kindly; slowly but surely.

Happy Thanksgiving and much love to all.

weirsdo said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. It was quite a shock, because you have written a bit about her, and she always seems so lively in your posts.
You are in our thoughts.

G said...

Yes, it was indeed a shock to us all. My mother left this world a youthful 82, we'll miss her.

So appreciate your sentiment. Thank you.