RIP Terri

Do you like heaven

Is it everything you hoped

Do you like your wings

Did your sister welcome you

Did you hug your mother tight

©2018 Annette Rochelle Aben

My most precious cousin, Terri, earned  her wings Sunday, December 9th, following a brief but intense battle with cancer. Her life was one of many intense battles, not the least of which was being a special needs person. Yet, her enthusiasm for everything from The Detroit Red Wings to Hello Kitty, reminded those of us who knew her, that passion is something that equalizes all of us. To Terri, nothing was more important than family and everyone in the family from cousins, to siblings, Aunts and Uncles, KNEW that Terri loved them. She was her happiest when spending time with them.

When her mother passed a few years ago, Terri became the ward of another cousin. During the past few years, she experienced life like never before. She learned to cook meals and bake goodies. She made crafts and learned to crochet. She fell in love with camping and got a few tattoos. Every chance she got, she traveled the country and spent time with as much family as possible. You could hear it in her voice that she was having the time of her life!

The last time I heard her voice, was on Thanksgiving, when she called as many cousins as she could, to tell them she loved them. I shall cherish that call forever.

In her “forever life” now, I believe Terri will watch out over her beloved family with the dedication of the most sincere Guardian. This will bring her much pleasure! I know she will laugh with us, cry with us; being that ever supportive energy we felt when she was here.

See, I believe the special need she was born with, was the need to always give and receive love. I love you, Terri. Always have and always will.

37 responses to “RIP Terri

  1. This is a beautiful remembrance of a beautiful soul. It will live forever online. So sorry for your loss.

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  2. I’m sorry for your loss.

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  3. Beautiful memories and a heart connection that will always live on. 💗 God bless Terri. Wrapping you and your family in love Annette. Xxxx 😘 💗

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  4. So sorry for your loss, Anette. ❤

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  5. so sorry sweet Annette. She is in a wonderful place. Sending hugs

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  6. What a beautiful tribute to your beloved cousin. ❤

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  7. Sorry for your loss. Best wishes.

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  8. One day the pain will dull but sweet memories will linger.
    Take care.

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  9. My sincere condolences, Annette… It is good to see that your cousin lived life to the fullest before getting her wings! We should all follow her example! *warm hugs*

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  10. Colleen Chesebro

    Oh, Sis. This is so lovely. I’m so happy you had this time with your lovely cousin. I’ll hold your heart for a while so you catch a breath. Celebrating the freedom of a delicate soul, with my dear, Sister. ❤

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  11. Her light will continue to shine with and through you, my sister ❤

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  12. So loving tribute to your sister. May her soul rest in peace. Having loving relations is a the most precious treasure in the world.
    Anshu Shrivastava

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  13. This is such a moving and heart warming post, Annette. God bless Terri.

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  14. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, Annette. What a beautiful statement about Terri’s love of life. Your poem brought a tear to my eye. Wishing you both much love and light.

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  15. What a beautiful tribute, Annette. My deepest sympathy for the family!

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  16. I am sorry for your loss. She was blessed with a cousin like you. You have given us a beautiful and shiny picture of her lovely soul. Sending you big hugs, Annette 💖

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  17. Moving elegy. She must have been a special person. You were blessed to be related to her. I am sorry for your loss.

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