This last week has been a hard one for my family up in Canada.
While on vacation last August, we had just arrived when my middle sister's mother in law, Celine, had been given a diagnosis of 6 months to live . Cancer is a cruel fate. But in the end it was her heart that gave out. Celine was a wonderful wife, mother, mother in law, and grandmother. My sister loved her. And my brother in law is devastated. My heart goes out to all who loved her.
My sister had booked a small vacation with a girlfriend before knowing about the diagnosis. Celine had hung on through Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. My sister's trip soon came. She went to see Celine before leaving to say goodbye (for the trip) and had asked her to hang on & wait for her to get back. She then left for Toronto which took a day. The next day she was scheduled to leave for Mexico. The night that she was in Toronto Celine died. My brother in law forbid anyone from telling my sister. He did not want to ruin her vacation. This man, who loved his mother, loved my sister enough that he did not demand that she return immediately. He hasn't even told her that his mom has past. I don't even know if he had the appropriate clothing ready & waiting for when this sad time would arrive. He & my nephew (14 years old) have been leaning on each other while my sister is away. They were close before but I'm sure they are closer now. Mom said the two of them were like a boat without a rudder with my sister gone. My brother in law has gone over to my parent's a few time since his mom's death. They sit & talk. He cries, my nephew cries. Mom feeds them & listens. Mom, Dad, my youngest sister & her husband all went to the funeral. I wish we could have gone. To show my love & respect. Tonight my sister comes home. She will find out about Celine, and that she couldn't be there for her husband to lean on. I don't know how she will react. Will she be able to see how much her husband loves her?