I lost my mom when she was 49. I was 25. Didn't get to say goodbye. My daughter was 2yrs old, so she did at least get to enjoy a couple years of being a grandmother.
My mom was a down earth person. She was a great cook and had a creative, artistic side. And she loved to laugh. There were difficult and tense times, and I wish she'd had a better life, but at least there was laughter.
I'm glad you had closure with your mom. Maybe you can come to forgive yourself over the things you regret. I'll bet she has.
Our moms are prolly in heaven swapping funny stories right now about all the silly and embarrassing things we did when we were young. ;)
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