It was a privilege to support my husband and his siblings while they went through some of their mother's personal belongings. It was beautiful to see, touch, and read some of the items that were kept over the years. These items held such meaning and significance to my mother-in-law and/or her loved ones that had previously departed.
The siblings chose to retain what they wanted from those prized possessions. Some may serve as a fond memory of her or of a specific event/time. Others may help piece together a deeper family history and allow us to imagine what life was like for generations past.
It wasn't lost on us that each and every one of these possessions were kept for a reason. Although it was unrealistic to keep everything, I believe the siblings did a wonderful job of honoring these keepsakes. Great thought and discussion was given to each picture, each letter, each card, and each memento.
Regardless of the items retained and those donated/disposed, we each still have my mother-in-law's most prized possession—her love for each of us. The bond she shared with each of us can never be broken.
I believe love has no boundaries. I believe our soul lives on after we depart this earthly plane. To that end, I'm at peace knowing two things: one, my mother-in-law is now reunited with loved ones that she so dearly missed; and two, we will also be reunited with her one day, as well.
Be open to what comes.