My mom passed away when I was 10, and I was devastated. Sixteen years later, I can look back and see that I learned some incredibly valuable lessons during that difficult time. I'm sharing my experience in the hope that it inspires others to realize that despite loss, anyone can go on to live a happy, fulfilled life. After all, that's what our loved ones would want -- they wouldn't want us to be sad forever.
While I still often think of my mom, tears rarely come when she comes to mind. That's because I've realized that while my mom isn't here to hold my hand or talk on the phone with me anymore, mother love is still in my daily life.