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Where I share my jewels of wisdom of life

And the biggest blessing is to love and be loved

Starlit days and blustery nights
Feelings bloom in the heat of the day
and Cacti desert nights.

A life well lived, beautiful, prickly bundled into one.
Your bark was always worse than your bite
but stung like thistles of the Cholla cacti that shot needles.

Still, you were loved like no other
by the your grandkids once removed by kin.
You prayed, and loved them next to none.
Your best self shined through their colorful eyes.
Mr. Grumpy to the end, you lived the way you died.

Life continues either way, the bitter and the sweet.
I’m grateful for the lessons learned
of where to land my heart and feet,
what legacy I want to leave behind,
and the unconditional love you gave each one of them.

We’re never sure of how we’ll be perceived
but I pray mine will be one of love.
Starlit days and blustery nights
Feelings bloom in the heat of the day
and Cacti desert nights.

And now your day has come
and all your sins have been absolved
on this Cacti desert Palm Sunday.

Is war perhaps nothing else but a need to face death, to conquer and master it, to come out of it alive — a peculiar form of denial of our mortality?
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, On Death and Dying


The gift of silence is paralleled to none other and rarely given.  
To bare witness to someone’s soul as it leaves their body is a treasured gift. 
When we can learn to sit with ourselves while our mind ping pongs and ricochets,
we build a reserve of tolerance and exercise this muscle of presence. 
It becomes easier and a welcome friend. 
There are few words in this space when souls connect
and there is no greater gift to you can give another human being when they cross safely to the other side.

Thanks to all of you for your wishes for my stepfather.  Your love and prayers were heard as he died around 1:35 p.m. yesterday on Palm Sunday with all of his family with him while he took his last breath.  It was truly a beautiful and a very peaceful passing with all of his family around him. They held his hand and gave him their love and blessings that he gave them for years as we sent him off. My kids gratefully all made it home in time while the battled the crowded airports.

He was a devoted Catholic and never missed a Palm Sunday or a weekly sermon at church prior to Covid. My stepbrother went to church on the morning and brought him a Palm that he turned into a cross and placed it on his pillow and then went to the Giants game In his honor.  One of his great pleasures was opening day “when the Giants came to town” and he went every year with my mom and his kids or grandkids.  He never stayed through the game either and sure enough took his last breath during the 3rd inning. It was a win all the way around and the Giants took The Marlins 3-2.

While I am not Catholic I find it quite profound that he would make his transition on this holy day.  As he was crossing over I said “you are absolved of all of your sins” which is what you live for as a catholic. Below is a definition if you aren’t familiar with it.  

Palm Sunday commemorates the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem, when palm branches were placed in his path, before his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday. It thus marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent.

Tips in helping someone you love pass in dignity and peace:

If you are blessed enough to be with someone while they are making their transition sacred and give them comfort these are really helpful:

1. Create a quiet environment.
2. Sit in silence.
3. Speak soothing words.
4. Dim the lighting.
5. Keep the patient’s mouth moist.
6. Play soft music, if helpful.
7. Use gentle touch.

The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

We put on his favorite song for him to hear when he was leaving. He told his daughter last week, “I want you to come with me”. I know he’s singing now and we’re singing him praises. 2 of the girls stayed all night with my mom and one of his other granddaughter is visiting this morning.

Keep your song and love in your heart as you move through your day! P.S. I’m still running behind but trying to catch up. Thanks for your patience.

Blessings of Love,

💖🙏

Cindy



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Timothy Price
Timothy Price
7 months ago

My condolences, Cindy. It sounds like it was the best way for your stepfather to pass.

ben Alexander
7 months ago

It was truly a beautiful and a very peaceful passing with all of his family around him. They held his hand and gave him their love and blessings that he gave them for years as we sent him off. My kids gratefully all made it home in time while the battled the crowded airports.

That’s so beautiful, Cindy…

Much love to you & all of yours!
David

Clive
7 months ago

So sorry for your loss, Cindy. this is a lovely tribute 🌴

gabychops
7 months ago

Thank you, Cindy, for such a lovely tribute to your stepfather! Also for the video and music.

Joanna

eunice
7 months ago

A lively tribute.

Daphny Aqua
7 months ago

This is such a wonderful tribute to him and the life he lived, my condolences to you dear friend and sending much love to you and your family as well. Loosing a loved one is always hard but it is the hope to see them again on the side that keeps us going. 💖❤️

Daphny Aqua
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

You’re most welcome, dear Cindy! It really is, wishing you all the strength you need. 💝❤️
Haha… A dove would be quite nice than those hawks 😆
Sending you hugs and lots of love 🤗🤗🤗🤗❤️❤️❤️❤️

Jewish Young Professional "JYP"
7 months ago

This poem is a moving, beautiful tribute. I am so sorry for the loss of your stepfather. I hope you and your family find comfort and peace ❤️

Gabriela Marie Milton
7 months ago

My deepest condolences dearest Cindy. My sympathy to your and your entire family. May he rest in peace.

Mike U.
7 months ago

So sorry to hear this, Cindy. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Thinking of you and wishing you peace and healing during this time.

rothpoetry
7 months ago

So sorry to hear of you stepfather’s passing. Your poem is very well written, and your post is most helpful. I hope you will fine strength and comfort from those around you.
Dwight

rothpoetry
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

You are welcome. It is good that your kids will be back to be a support for you. Wishing you all the best.

Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet
7 months ago

My sympathy, Cindy. <3 I am glad the family could be with your stepfather. My brother-in-law and I were holding my husband's hands when he died. I wouldn't have wanted to miss experiencing that moment with my husband. Wishing peace and comfort to you and your family! <3

Eromonsele Emmanuel Oigiagbe
7 months ago

Happy Palm Sunday Cindy! And sorry about your stepfather. May his soul rest in perfect peace and may God grant you the ability to bear this loss. Cheers!!!

Eromonsele Emmanuel Oigiagbe
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

You’re very welcome. Amen!

GraceoftheSun
7 months ago

Such a beautiful tribute. My deepest condolences, Cindy. I am so glad to hear that he was surrounded by love during his final moments. Wishing peace to you and your entire family.💕🙏💕

GraceoftheSun
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

💕🙏💕🌷🌻🌸🌺💕🙏💕

katiemiafrederick
7 months ago

Last Breath
Silence of
Eternity

Lasting Love
Still Breathes in
Loved One’s True Gold

This Love What A Beautiful

Gift Dear Cindy Processing and
Honoring the Loss And Life Story

Still of Your Stepfather Here on Palm Sunday And It’s

True, Oh Yes, it May Be the Gruff Motorcycle Dude

All Wrapped up in Leather Who Never Smiles

Yet is the One Who Strips off All the Leather

Who Just So Happens to Be A ‘Retired Navy
Seal,’ Well Weathered in Seas Who Saves

The Life of the

Drowning

Child in the
Lake at Risk
of HiS Own Life True Now too…

Working For the Military For 25 Years
i Met Real Heroes Like That Who Still Live True

There Was Even the Life Weathered Snack Bar
Lady at the Bowling Center i Managed With Enough
Life Experiences No Matter Her Gruff Exterior to Be the

One Any Customer
Wanted At Their
Side During

Darkness in
Life As She Likely
Weathered Similar
Darkness Coming out
on the Other Side of Life’s Light True too…

my, my, 18 Years of my Federal Service At
A Military Bowling Center, Servicing Military and
The General Public; Yet How Can i Possibly Put
A Price on Real Life Breathing Connections of Probably

Over 100,000 Souls Or So Many Thousands Among Over
13 MiLLioN Words online Since ThanksGiving Day of 2010, Virtually So…

True, Yes, We Evolve Souls in All the Connections of Humanity DarK Thru LiGHT

i Don’t Consider myself Catholic in Other Than A Real Universal Religion Visiting There

iN Peace/Love With No Separation For All That is Existence Love NoW in Appreciation

Yet Yes the Communion of Songs Singing to Angel Wings at the Top of the Temple Dome
is Ascending Transcending Love No Different Than Dancing Together With A Thousand Young

Souls As
Free As
Wings Spring
in the FLoWeRS of THeir Lives

As That Communion Becomes Part
of my Love For Life THeRe True too…

i’ve Said GoodBye to Scores of Loved Ones
In This Tenure of Almost 8 Years and 8 Months
in the Long Form Poem Almost 10.4 MiLLioN Words
Now “SonG oF mY SoUL” And iNDeed SoUL Services
in Long Blog Poems Honoring Their Love Still Now So Much

More Than Just
A Concrete Tomb
Stone Etched With
A Name And Date of
Existence on EartH How

Priceless This Page in Dedication
of Your Soul Song Poems to Your Stepfather

Indeed, Dear Cindy What A Gift Poetry And Other
Arts All to Regulate And Integrate Love’s Last First Breath

True, Love Never Dies this Way Now, Just Living on Spreading More Waves oF LiGHT…
my Grandmother As She reached my Age Now Close to 62 Years, Buried her Father of
95 Years-Old in 1965, i Still Remember That Winter Grey Afternoon Trees With Bare Cold Leaves

And my Grandmother Transformed Her Darkness With A Brand New Art of Oil Paint And Indeed
Those ParTS of my Grandmother’s Song of Her Soul Still Exists in the Art of Her Paintings Still
at my home…

As You Do For

Your Stepfather

Now Dear FRiEnD

With SMiles At
The Speed of Love
Last Breath Carries on..:)

katiemiafrederick
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

Welcome Dear
Cindy Heroes
Are Often Meek
In The Original
Definition of one
Well Versed With
Swords Yet Keeping

Them
Sheathed
With SMiles
⚔️ ☺️🏝 💪

And This Why
They inherit
The World
With Peace
Instead Of War ☮️ 👊

katiemiafrederick
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

Thanks Dear
Cindy Always
So Inspiring
When You
Breathe
Poetry
Of Your Soul☺️🙌❤️

Jaya Avendel
7 months ago

I love the peaceful and grateful nature of the poem, coupled with your atmospheric thoughts! Setting imparts character to any story. 🙂

D. Wallace Peach
7 months ago

A beautiful poem, Cindy. My heart is with you and your family. Hugs <3

harshsurana54
7 months ago

Hey i made a site through WordPress but i can’t see the follow button

Yernasia Quorelios
Yernasia Quorelios
7 months ago

💜 Commiserations My Beautiful SupaSoulSis 😍 ; to YOU!!! YOUR!!! Family 👪 and Friends 🎁 ❤️ 💙 ♥️ 💕 💓 🎁

…💛💚💙…

Yernasia Quorelios
Yernasia Quorelios
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

💜 YOU!!! ARE Most Welcome 🙏🏿

…💛💚💙…

Yernasia Quorelios
Yernasia Quorelios
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

💜 As ARE YOU!!! SupaSoulSis; keep up the good 👍🏾 work, very good 👍🏾 👏🏾 👌🏾 😀 🙌 😄 👍🏾 carry on

…💛💚💙…

MariaTeresa
7 months ago

Big hugs Cindy, what a beautiful experience to share In and lock into the heart for eternity. Indeed, to love and be loved us the greatest of gifts We share with each other. I count you as a gift dear one, always and forever💗

cheriewhite
7 months ago

I’m so sorry for your loss of your loss, Cindy. This is such a beautiful tribute to your step-dad. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏💖💐🌻🌺

cheriewhite
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

You’re very welcome, Cindy. ❤💙💚💜

cheriewhite
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

💖🤗💖🤗💖🤗

House of Heart
7 months ago

A wonderful poignant read Cindy ❤️

Sheereen
7 months ago

Take care Cindy! Condolences for your loss

Kym Gordon Moore
7 months ago

Oh Cindy, I am so saddened to hear about your stepfather’s transition. 😥 What a beautiful poem and what a heartfelt tribute. We are here for you girlfriend, your friends who faithfully follow you every week and even those who drop by every now and then, our thoughts and prayers are with you. 🙏🏼 It is poignant that he left on Palm Sunday. Stay encouraged and stay strong my dear. Hugs and smooches! 🤗💖😘

Kym Gordon Moore
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

My pleasure Cindy. You have a tremendously big heart and sometimes the pain can be so excruciating. Yet, as you noted, he is free from his pain and agony. It’s hard to see our loved ones struggle like that. Although it’s tough when they leave us, we continue to celebrate their life and legacy. Take care my friend and stay encouraged! 🤗💖🥰🦋😊

Sirishty Thakur
7 months ago

It’s a beautiful read
Sorry for your loss, Cindy

Take care🤍

Sadje
7 months ago

So sorry for your loss Cindy. This is such a beautiful poem and post my friend. May he rest in eternal peace.

Sadje
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

It’s so beautiful. Take care

Sadje
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

Thanks a lot my dear friend

Sadje
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

🌺💖

Komaljeet Kaur
7 months ago

Condolences for your loss🙏
This is a wonderful tribute to him. May he rest in peace.
More power to you and your family. 🙏

Komaljeet Kaur
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

🙏💗

Aahna Yadav
7 months ago

My condolences, Cindy. Reminded me of the day my gramma passed away… But there are always those beautiful memories to cherish.
:))

Ananda
7 months ago

Om Shanti ❤🙏

salsaworldtraveler
7 months ago

Condolences on your stepfather’s passing Cindy. Your poem seems like such a fitting tribute based on what you have said about him. I hope your family finds peace.

On a lighter note, as it were, thanks for the Benny Goodman tune. I love big band music. The band music was one of my favorite parts of the movie The Mask.

Lamittan Minsah
7 months ago

I send my condolences, dear Cindy. That was a wonderful passing though, and you gave him the best treatment he needed to move on safely. The moment i started reading that poem, i could conjecture he was gone. He was a hero and a great Catholic faith devotee. May he rest in peace. Indeed, the time cometh for everyone to depart from this wretched flesh. 🙏 ❤❤🙏

Lamittan Minsah
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

That’s right, my dearest Cindy. Glad it was peaceful. May he now leap forth in peace. And I love your tips on what to do to a departing fork when they’re just about. Well-received. I pray us long life too. Have a wonderful time, dear. ❤❤

Lamittan Minsah
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

I couldn’t agree more. He was blessed to get long in the tooth. Malaria’s just so prevelent here, a very scary tropical illness and there hasn’t been many officiated vaccines. Guess we’re used to it, from childhood, though it does kill in severe cases, if not detected earlier. I’ll be more careful to use a treated mosquito net and keep my house neat and constantly sprayed. Darn, now I’m just craving for long life like I do for groundnuts. Haha 😂

Lamittan Minsah
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

Haha. Indeed. And I will take great care. Oh sure here’s to us. 🥂 😀😂😂💖

Kajal
7 months ago

Deepest condolences. Hope he rests in peace and wishing good for your family.

Ingrid
7 months ago

🙏 I am glad to learn he died peacefully and will be remembered with love. A beautiful post and tribute, Cindy. Thinking of you and yours 🙏💕

Lisa Mae ❤️
7 months ago

My sincerest condolences Cindy. You all granted your stepfather a peaceful transition.
I had the honor of being with my beloved aunt during hers. It was an experience I will never forget.

A Star on the Forehead
7 months ago

Condolences to you and your family! What a blessing to pass peacefully and with family around! It sounded beautiful! You have a great family and I am glad your daughters made it in time to say good bye.
Great tips to have when it is needed.
Blessings!

Keith
7 months ago

Cindy, well done. Question – that picture of the circle of kids and a woman, is that a picture of people related to you or a stock photo? I love the huddle. Keith

Nancy Richy
7 months ago

Profoundly touching, heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time! My condolences to you and your beautiful family during this time of reflection and resurrection. God’s blessings on you all. 🙏🏼 ❤️‍🩹 🌹

Laleh Chini
7 months ago

My condolences dear Cindy.😔

KK
KK
7 months ago

It’s a beautiful tribute to your stepfather. So sorry for your loss, Cindy! My heartfelt condolences! I really loved the way your stepfather and family members exchanged love and blessings during his last days. Wishing peace to you and family. Take care 💖🙏

KK
KK
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

You’re very welcome, Cindy 💖

Marsha
7 months ago

Beautiful tribute, Cindy. I am sorry for your loss, but his life ended so poetically through your eyes. What a beautiful gift you have shared with your family and drawn us into it.

Marsha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

I’m so glad. That’s a wonderful experience for you.

Marsha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

xxx hugs

Riddhi Jain
7 months ago

So emotional Cindy🙏🙏

boundlessblessingsblog
7 months ago

Deepest condolences to your stepfather, Cindy. Such a beautiful tribute. A wonderful post.

Rebecca Budd
7 months ago

A wonderful reflection on a life well lived and a peaceful passing! My condolences to you and your family.

yourplateormine967244485
7 months ago

This is beautiful, thank you for sharing. Prayers, love and blessings to you and your family. 🙏🏽💝

yourplateormine967244485
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

You are so welcome 🙏🏽💝

Tricia Sankey
7 months ago

So sorry, Cindy, but glad he had all his family around him at the end. Beautiful tribute. 💓

Tricia Sankey
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

💓

Jeff Flesch
7 months ago

A lovely post, and a beautiful poem. My condolences to you and the family. Sending you love and prayers, my dearest Cindy. ❤️🙏

akshita1776
7 months ago

I am so sorry auntie, I hope you’re okay. This was such a touching tribute🧡

akshita1776
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

I am glad you’re well.
I am here if you need an ear🧡

MR. JAY✅
7 months ago

wonderful blog m,am ❤️💐

MR. JAY✅
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

❤️❤️🙏🙏

Goff James
7 months ago

Sorry to hear about your sad news Cindy. My aunt just passed over at the age 101. Such an angel. Thanks for sharing your wonderful poem and Beeny Goodman and his orchestra.

merrildsmith
7 months ago

I’m so very sorry for your loss, Cindy. 💙 It sounds though like it was a peaceful and loving experience.
And how wonderful that his family could say goodbye. This was very moving. My condolences to your family.

(I am still sad that none of us could be with my mom when she died almost two years ago.)

merrildsmith
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

Thank you so much, Cindy, and you’re very welcome! ❤️

merrildsmith
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 months ago

❤️

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