My mom, an absolute saint, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2005 at 4:04 PM Eastern Standard Time, aged 77 years and nine months.
No matter how much you think you are prepared for this, you cannot imagine the pain of the loss. Tell your parents how much you love them ... right now.
We will see you later, mom. We love you.
P.S. She was very active in the Red Hat Society, and the above picture is related to that, hence the hat.