Bittersweet

It is a lovely day in the Ottawa Valley.  We are going to a sugar bush of friends of Lisa and Harvey's.  They are tapping the trees the old fashioned way.  I have been to modern ones but this will be interesting.
The part that is bittersweet is an email I got from one of Lisa's coworkers and dear friend.  Nancy was the nursing manager and Lisa was the office manager at St.  Elizabeth Health Care - a home care organization.  They had a wonderful time working together and socializing.  When the office closed down in Smith's Falls and Lisa chose not to drive in to Ottawa city centre or to Kingston to work, she and Nancy still talked daily and did painting classes weekly.  They dreamed of opening a nurse run clinic together.  Nancy would take care of the nurses and Lisa the office. 
Nancy went ahead with their plan to start a clinic and is now hiring staff.  She asked if we would mind if she dedicated the clinic in memory of Lisa.  We were all touched and thrilled - Lisa would have loved being involved in the project.  I told Nancy that Lisa was probably with her when she was interviewing as they did all the interviews together at St. Eliz.
So it goes.  I will go into the bush and cry because Lisa would have loved going to the sugar bush with her friends and family.
 

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RememberKala
RememberKala

Yes, bittersweet, but OH, what a wonderful way to honor Lisa!

Enjoy your day surrounded in the perfect love of your perfect daughter!
KellyLee105
KellyLee105

OMG! Definitly a beautiful way to honor Lisa! Lisa is loved by so many, she will never be forgotten...Love and the tightest hugs ever, Kelly
biowoman
biowoman

Yes...so many things now bittersweet. I hope that somehow you will be able to focus on the \"sweet\"...perhaps after feeling, living and breathing the \"bitter\" for a while...love and hugs..>Karen
NoraMc
NoraMc

How wonderful of Lisa\'s friend..enjoy your time in the sugar bush..Nora
Robin4
Robin4

Such an honor to have the clinic dedicated in her honor. It\'s so wonderful to know that friends and family remember and care enough to honor our children. That is a blessing. Enjoy your time with friends. Much love. Robin
heartsandhands
heartsandhands

The essence of grief... knowing how much living Lisa had to do, mixed with gratitude for people who miss her too. Every kind of gratitude, every kind of grief. No wonder we howl, sob, choke up 999 times a day.
With you, with love,
Sarah
CorriesMom
CorriesMom

What an awesome and fitting tribute to Lisa\'s caring, giving life! But, oh how bittersweet...

Sending much love and tight hugs ~ Debbie
deleted_user
deleted_user

That is so sweet and also so sad...about dedicating the clinic \"in memory of Lisa\". I would have felt honored and pleased but at the same time thinking \"I don\'t want anything IN MEMORY of Lisa...I just want LISA! Being grateful and yet not wanting to even HAVE to be grateful... Life continues, the clinic is established with all the attending excitement, you want to be encouraging and yet your heart still feels such pain...All the conflicting emotions of what we think we SHOULD be feeling and yet our human side that just hurts and wants what WE want...our daughters (mine\'s named Lisa, too!) back with us!
I always wondered if my own Lisa would have wanted to become a nurse, which is what I would have loved for her to have become....
Loving you and our Lisa\'s, Donna