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Stories - Theresa George | Memorial

A Story by Theresa George

My sisters and I lost our mother on August 23, 2012 after a long illness. I don't believe that anyone is truly prepared for that kind of loss, the loss of a mother. The ground shifts below your feet. The world looks different somehow. For me, it was off-kilter, clouded and gray. These first harrowing days can be a blur, and yet there's so much to do to prepare a beautiful tribute to your loved one. It's so important to have the support and tools you need to get through it.

There were two very important things that my sisters and I wanted to convey in our mother's obituary: first, her beautiful life story, the depth of her character, and second, all of the key details of her service and repast. We turned to the local newspaper and were fortunate to have a cousin, who is a writer, help us craft the piece. We published our mother's obituary in the local paper a few days before her service.

What was terribly absent, though, was the ability to share every detail about her service far and wide, and easily. The local paper's obituary website was not useful at all, and my sisters and I, with our close friends, were fielding calls and texts and emails asking questions, so many questions that would have been answered quickly if we had used Memorial.

In hindsight, an obituary on Memorial would have helped many of those who so badly wanted to support us following our mother's death. It would have clearly set out the funeral details that my sisters and I, with our immediate family, were busy preparing.

When you lose a loved one, you want them to be honored by everyone who meant something to them, everyone they touched. To rely on the local paper alone, even to buttress that with a post on your own Facebook page, may not be enough to help you reach everyone you need to reach, with all of the detail that needs to be shared. I do believe that Memorial will help you and your family through this most difficult of times.

- Theresa George

This is me, looking at my mother.