Let­ter of the month

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - YOUR LETTERS - Ruth Anne Cauk­well

It was with tears in my eyes that I read your ar­ti­cle [in the April is­sue] about Rachel Hunter’s loss of her mother, Ja­neen. I lost my pre­cious mum, Marie, last year very sud­denly and, just as Rachel has been griev­ing, I have been too. It is be­cause of my own per­sonal jour­ney that I can com­pletely un­der­stand Rachel’s one – both in a spir­i­tual and phys­i­cal way – and why she has made changes in her life. When go­ing through pain as deep as this, it be­comes a choice whether to ul­ti­mately “curl up and die” or find a pur­pose deep within. So very hard to do, but our mums would want us to carry on, be happy and to live! By do­ing so, we are hon­our­ing our loved ones in such an amaz­ing way. Though the scars re­main, we can choose to be­come strength­ened by our mem­o­ries, trea­sure and carry them with us as we keep walk­ing for­wards in our lives. What a coura­geous, amaz­ing lady you are, Rachel – thank you for your in­spi­ra­tional story.

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