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A Letter to My Dear Mum in Heaven

I wrote this letter to heaven nine years after she’s gone. A letter addressed to my mum in heaven. She has been looking after me from there with such love and care, as always.

A letter to heaven

“My dear mum in heaven, there hasn’t been a day that I didn’t miss you. I miss your voice, your gentle hands, your hugs. Writing this letter is far from easy. It’s hard as I would like to hug you and tell you how awful I feel that I didn’t make it to say the last Goodbye. It was so hard not to be there with you when you breathed out for the last time. I so badly wanted to make it. When I literally ran out of the hospital just in time to escape before my operation. I managed to purchase the last flight ticket back home to only find out on my way to you that it was too late.

I couldn’t forgive myself that I was too late. And I still wanted to tell you so much. I wanted to tell you again how much I love you and how honoured I was to have you as my mum. The best mum I could ever wish to have. The best mum God could give me. But just as He gave me you, He took you away from me. I couldn’t understand it. I did ask so many times why you? Why is it me who is losing my mum? Why can’t I have you for a bit longer? And I wanted to scream so many times how much I miss you. You always used to say that things happen for a reason. Despite all that you went through. I couldn’t understand. How could you still even think so after what you have been going through”?

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Writing a letter to heaven

“All I can do now is write this letter to you, my dear mum in heaven, and tell you that I still love you so much. I miss you mum, so often, yet I had to learn to move on with my life. It took me a long time to understand it. I needed time to grieve, time to heal. And it’s not that I’ve forgotten now or that my love is weaker now. No, it isn’t. The point is that after years I realised that I had to let go. My life hasn’t stopped yet, but it took me years to realise it”.

Let go of loss

I thought I would never get married. How could I? I wanted my mum to be at my wedding. Surely I can’t do it without her? My friend, whose father passed away a few years ago, shared her story with me. She said she felt the same about being happy. She told me that after she had lost her dad, her thought was that she would never be able to laugh again. How could she ever be happy without him? And that’s where the blame comes again. We blame ourselves for continuing our lives without them. But God left you here on this planet for a reason. He didn’t leave you here for you to feel guilty. You still love your mum, dad, brother…the same love, you hold on to it, treasure memories of them in your heart. But you have to let go of loss. You have to continue living your life because otherwise, you will make them feel guilty for departing. 

A friend of mine planned to get married when I told her that I probably never will, despite loving my partner. She asked me, “Why”? When I said it’s because I can’t imagine not having my mum at my wedding, she said, “Imagine you would say this to your mum. That, because she died, you refuse to get married. How do you think she would feel?” Those words got me. Am I going to blame my mum for leaving me and for not being able to get married? How can I do this? She loved me so much. Imagine how guilty she would feel if she knew I didn’t get married because of her, because she died before I got married. No, this isn’t what I would want. It would break her heart.

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In their honour

We don’t want them to feel guilty. It wouldn’t be fair to blame them, that because they left us we are unable to continue with our plans, with our life. Imagine how would you feel if someone was to tell you that. Those words hit me. I realised that moving on with my life will be a way to show her my love. She would want me to. That’s what she always wished for me. I can’t do this to her. I still have to go on. My life didn’t end. My life has to continue in her honour. To be an honest person who can look at the bright side of things when everything seems so dark and appreciate every little thing.

Forever in my heart

“Sitting here today and writing this letter to you, my dear mum in heaven, I still don’t know why you had to get this terrible illness. But we don’t always get answers to all our questions. And that’s life. However, so much now makes sense. It’s like putting these little pieces together to complete a puzzle.  As a single working mum who spent her last working years abroad before becoming ill, and me living abroad, we would not be able to spend so much time together otherwise. It was actually due to your illness and my job that enabled me to travel every other month home, that we could spend so much time together. It was more than some parents and children do.

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There are many who, whilst they live close to each other, are always busy. And our time spent together was unforgettable. Those were my best years with you when we would be planning trips together or just spontaneously hit the road and go somewhere. Although the frequency decreased as your health deteriorated, I still keep all those memories in my heart.

I don’t know why you became ill. Forever it will remain a mystery for me.  However, we had you here for so long whilst our older brother, your son already in heaven, only for a few days. So while I’m still sad that you’re not with us any longer, it would be selfish to only want you for ourselves. Therefore the thought that you and he are reunited again makes my sadness more bearable. And I have to think of your words that everything happens for a reason”.

My angel in heaven

“Mum, although you are in heaven now, I can still feel your presence. Just like on my Big day, on my wedding day in beautiful Bled (Slovenia). From nowhere suddenly came such rain that even the locals said that’s very unusual for them. This sudden heavy rain in the middle of an otherwise sunny day didn’t come to ruin our day but make it more unique. It is something no one will ever forget.

However, I know that it wasn’t just a typical rain. It was you, a sign, a way you announced your presence. I could feel it, the vail gently touching my face. I could feel your touch. You were there with us. And you were happy for me that I finally married the love of my life. I did it, mum! I know you would want me to. And the rain stopped just in time. We could take the boats (pletnas) to the island in the middle of the lake for the church ceremony without getting wet”.

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Everything happens for a reason

“Just like you were there when my accident happened. I knew when the doctors said that I was a very, very lucky girl, that it was you. When the doctors called it a miracle, I knew it was my angel in heaven holding her protecting hand over me. And suddenly, I could see that your purpose was so much greater than only helping others whilst you were here with us. You were right in saying that everything happens for a reason. I have now witnessed it so many times. There is always a purpose for everything in life. We may often not understand what God is trying to tell us, but we only need to trust him that everything is as it should be”.

A simple letter to heaven can be so powerful

Writing this letter to my mum in heaven isn’t easy. Although for some people, it may seem absurd to write a letter to someone who passed away, to others, it may be just the perfect way to document their grief. It’s not that they expect an answer or that someone would really read their letters, or even that they would send them. But it may help them connect to their loved ones who can’t be with them any longer.

At least once a week I used to call my mum, usually at the weekend, and I still miss our calls so much. It felt so empty after she passed away. Suddenly I didn’t have anyone who I could call on the weekends. How would I spend my weekends? It was a part of my weekly routine that wasn’t there any longer. So writing a letter to my mum in heaven is a kind of substitute for the weekend calls. And whilst for many years I would be too overwhelmed to write a letter to my mum in heaven, especially at the anniversary of her death, with the years that have passed I can now even smile whilst writing it.

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Until we meet again

“Whilst writing this letter brought some sorrow to my heart, there is also a smile on my face when I think of you, mum, of all the memories of you, of us, I treasure. It still hurts not to have you here, but now the tears of sadness are lowered by those of appreciation and gratitude. My love for you keeps me going and living my life in your memory. And I’ll always carry you in my heart…until we meet again”.

 If you are dealing with the loss of a loved one, I am sending you strength and prayers. Similarly, if you know someone who is dealing with it, let them know that you are there for them to help in any way you can.

Thank you so much for reading and until the next blog post,

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24 thoughts on “A Letter to My Dear Mum in Heaven”

  1. What a beautiful tribute to your mom. Losing anyone in your immediate family is so very hard. I have had some of these very same thoughts that you've shared after I lost my little sister. Blessings to you, friend.

  2. What a touching story, it must have been hard to share,but glad you did. Sounds like you have a very wise friend who gave you some great insight. I've never thought of it that way myself.

  3. What a beautiful post. I am so sorry for your loss. My best friend's mum has recently passed away and this has helped me to understand a snippet of what she may be going through – thank you.

  4. It is truly hard to lose your parents, I have lost both my mom and my dad. While they have been gone for year now since I lost them in my early 20's I still think of them and continue to honor their memories daily, which is a wonderful way to keep them alive in spirit. I am sorry for your loss, I know it is not easy, but try to continue to live for them, they would want that for you.

  5. Beautiful! I am sorry for your loss and completely understand all the emotions you described. This year marks 19 years since my mom died. I love that you are able to move forward and find happiness in honor of her. Thank you for sharing your story 🙂

  6. This was so special to read. I lost my mom to an awful cancer. She was my son’s best friend, the hardest part was trying to help him understand what was going on. My mom was such a strong women and the hardest part was she did not want to admit that the cancer was going to defeat her. She went two years longer than anyone expected. Everyone who was upset they did not see her before she died I reminded them it is not what you do before they pass it is what you do their entire life. That’s what you did. You had a great relationship with your mom, it is not about the end it is what you do during life. We must make each day matter because we never know what life holds. Your mom is your angel and you are hers.;your post reminds us that we need to grieve and that it is possible to see that there may never be a reason but your mom is with you all the time❤️

  7. So much richness in your words … the releasing of grief and pain, the wise words of a true friend who helped you at the time you needed it, and the beautiful rain … thank you for sharing your heart.

  8. This is beautiful! Love and hugs to you. I lost my mom 13 years ago and this post brought up so many sentiments. Mother’s can never be forgotten and will always be loved dearly

  9. What a touching story, it must have been hard to share,but glad you did. Sounds like you have a very wise friend who gave you some great insight. I've never thought of it that way myself.

  10. What a beautiful post. I am so sorry for your loss. My best friend's mum has recently passed away and this has helped me to understand a snippet of what she may be going through – thank you.

  11. Such a beautifully written heartfelt post about your mom. Thank you for sharing and honoring your mom in such a precious way. Praying for God’s continued loving comfort and strength to be with you. 🤗❤️

    Pastor Natalie (ExamineThisMoment)

  12. I was scared to read this. Very scared. I knew it would make me cry and feel bad. My mum is alive but I’ve lived with the fear of losing her all my life. Now I am far from her and I am so torn. I can’t easily get away to see her. It makes me question everything. My life, my career, my life with her. I too used to travel a lot with my mum when I was living in my country. It was amazing. So amazing memories. Life is so strange and losing a beloved parent is a pain one doesn’t want to face. You are very brave for writing this. Thoroughly enjoyed your heartfelt letter and the photo of your mum and you on a trip reminds me so much of the trips I took with my mum. Thank you for your deep and tender words full of love and memories.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Sonia! I didn’t want to make you feel bad, but I know what you mean… I think it’s hard to live in a different country than our parents/loved ones, but I know they want the best for us. I tried to enjoy as much time with my mum as possible, but it still made me often question if that’s enough. I’m grateful for the support of others who then tried to reassure me that I do my best to be here for her as much as I can. Life isn’t easy, and we can only do the best we can. Thank you so much, and blessings to you and your family!

  13. I can’t imagine a world where my Mother was no longer in it. Every year I get older this holds so strong in my mind to spend as much time with her as I can.

    1. That’s so important! It’s the memories that we treasure and help us to go on once they’ve gone. To continue to live in their memories. Thank you!

  14. Holy crap, reading this post this morning is striking me right in the heart! My mom passed away 10 years ago, this coming October. She visited me in my dreams last night. So reading this from you today is synchronistic I do believe. I’m blubbering like a baby! Thank you for sharing this, I want to write my mom a letter now too!

  15. Such a great article for others who have gone through this to relate and maybe not feel alone. I love the section “everything happens for a reason” that is so great that your mom is still looking out for you from above ❤️????

  16. I lost my mum also due to a breast cancer…I always checked out on net about everything that concerns breast cancer. It always scared me to death …I feared so many times that you were to leave us …you were too strong mummy …you always told me you were going to be fine…that you would be better ….months became days and it got worse…
    The last days of your life …mummy …those painful days wounded my heart…but I had to be strong for my siblings…those were and still are the most painful days of my life …. seeing you cry …seeing you in so much pain …..mummy I miss you so much ….I wish there could be a way
    Till we meet again
    Thank you so much for sharing with us
    That’s my story …though my wounds are still fresh … it’s just been only one month and two weeks

    1. Yvonne, I am so sorry for your loss. Your wounds are still very fresh. Please take some time to grief, to sit with your feelings. Although grief isn’t linear, it will still come at times, even years and years later. We will never forget them, we will forever carry them in our hearts. But I know they want us to be happy again, to think of all the memories we have with them and to be able to smile again. For all who are going through hard times I wrote my e-book 7 Keys To Self-Healing, A Trauma Survivor’s Guide, that is free to access, just check the free resources here on Journeyofsmiley. I hope you will find it useful and helpful. Sending you hugs and prayers!

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