Memory Lane

Eulogy For My Mom

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My mom recently passed away. This is a eulogy that we wrote for her and my nephew gave the speech, he’s the fist boy (grandson) in the family.

Author: Nye, Co-author: youngest sister and nephew.

I am deeply saddened, but honored to be here today to say my final farewell to my grandmother (Ma tou). As the first of her seven grandchildren, I’m fortunate enough to share many years and memories with her. She help raised me when I was younger. She taught me the proper manners, put clothes on my back, put food in my stomach, and made me into the man I am today. I am very grateful for her love and kindness. She was my second mom, and I want her to know that I love her and miss her very much.

I would like to say a final farewell on behalf of my grandfather (Pou tou). ‘Ma tou’ was his life companion for 50 years. Not only that, but she was his best friend. If ever there was a problem, he could always count on her to be by his side. Through thick and thin, she was caring and supportive. She was truly a phenomenal wife. He wishes her well on her journey to heaven.

I would also like to say a final farewell on behalf of my mom and all of my aunts. ‘Ma tou’ was a remarkable woman. She did the finest job of raising eight beautiful, successful hard-working women. She devoted her life to teach, give guidance, and care for her family. We always came first in her heart as she is in our hearts right now. We would not be who we are today without her. How do you say goodbye and thank you to someone who gave so much of herself and asked for so little in return? All she ever wanted was for us to be happy.

A simple thank you can never show the full extent of our gratitude. No amount words can even begin to express the depth of how we feel. I’ve never known a stronger woman than her. She lived her life with such grace and strength, and even in her final moment, she did it her way. She defied the limitation of her illness and waited for all of us, her family, to be together and with her. We were all right there by her side when she passed away. In her last few precious moments, she opened her eyes and looked at ‘Pou tou’ and then looked at all her daughter’s faces one by one and back again to her oldest daughter. Her eyes had such meaning when she looked at us, even though she didn’t have the energy to say good-bye in words, she said it with her eyes. A good bye with so much love, it filled the room with an indescribable energy. We all took it well because she left us with a smile. That was her way of putting us first, letting us know that she was going to be okay. It was a very special moment that will forever be imprinted in our hearts and memories. She was truly beautiful to the end; her influential love will forever be felt in our hearts, ‘Ma tou’ we love you and wish you well in your new journey.

Thank you all for your comfort and support, we greatly appreciate it. It truly warms our hearts to know we have such great family and friends. Once again, thank you all.

“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.” Isaac Asimov