By Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director

For those of you who have lost someone important in your life, you may have experienced those days where for seemingly no reason, you get an overwhelming sense of loss and sadness. Yesterday was one of those days for me. I missed my mother.

As I got out of my car at home after work, the thought crossed my mind that I would call her and tell her to watch for me on the news. Then, immediately remembered, I can’t call her.

You see, WHNT’s Multimedia Journalist , Laura Christmas had visited the office for background on her story of the Albertville Police Department’s No Shave November. We were informed that the segment would air on the evening news. In my position at Hospice of Marshall County – Shepherd’s Cove, I interact with the media and occasionally have an opportunity to be on the radio, on television interviews, etc. I LOVE doing the interviews, but HATE to watch myself. It’s the old, “I’m fat, I look tired, I look old, I sound country, ‘why did I say that’ ” angst.

When my mother was alive, I could call her and say, “Mother, watch the news tonight, I’m going to be on TV!” She was always so excited to see me on television, no matter how much I stumbled, bumbled and looked bad! As a volunteer with Hospice of Marshall County, she received joy in watching her “baby” talk about an organization that meant a lot to her, too. When I lost my mother, I lost my biggest cheerleader.

Working with Hospice of Marshall County – Shepherd’s Cove has taught me many things, not the least of which is that the loss of someone significant to you brings emotions that are no respecter of years, or situations, or circumstances. I’ve learned that sad days will occur, and many other people also go through these wide range of emotions. In other words, I am not alone.

If you are reading this blog and have been blindsided by emotions of grief, sadness and loss, give the Bereavement professionals at our office a call. Sometimes it helps to talk to someone who can affirm to you that what you are going through is experienced by many other grieving individuals and that you’re not crazy for thinking of picking up the phone and calling her when she has been gone for 4 years.

For me now, the memories of how she delighted in me make me smile, but I still miss my mother!