When we experience loss in our lives. It is one of the hardest things to deal with. I have experienced this a couple of times in my life, but the hardest loss that took place for me is the passing of my mother. It was the most heartbreaking thing that I have ever went through.

The first year after losing her was pretty rough for me because I was in my last semester of university and it was often hard to focus in class or get through assignments without thinking about her. At times, I wanted to just give up and an take a semester off. In my case I was so close to graduating, so I stuck it out and completed all my courses for graduation. It was not easy, but I told myself that she would've wanted me to keep going and that is where my strength came in.

I had to rely on the support of my family to get through those hard days. There would be days that I would wake up and it felt like a dream. I couldn't believe she was gone. Even to this day it can get hard sometimes but I continue to stay positive and cherish the memories that I made with her.

The things that really helped me deal with her passing is my faith in God, praying and reading his word.I know she is definitely in a better place in the presence of God and no longer suffering. That is what gives me the ultimate joy.

To all of you who are currently dealing with loss in your lives right now. I just want you to know that you are not alone and don't apologize for the stages of emotion that you experience. It is not something that you can get over with the snap of you fingers. But over time it gets better and it can get easier to deal with and accept. God is love.