My Mother passed away on March 6, 2017. Earlier in 2016, doctors discovered a spot on her kidney. The decision was to remove her kidney as it was revealed to be cancer. The doctor was confident that this would be the answer. My dear, beautiful assured me that everything was going to be okay. She and my Dad trusted the doctors and so did I. The surgery (January 2017) was a success, the doctor confirmed it was cancer, and they had removed it all. Over a week later, some health concerns started appearing. There were tests being done to find the root cause. With diligence and care of the doctors and nurses, weeks went by and test results came back, some inconclusive. On February 21, a petscan was done and on March 2, the results came back and it was conclusive that my Mom had two aggressive and rare forms of kidney cancer. It had been in her bones, but was hiding prior to/following the surgery - until the petscan. Following the surgery, the cancer had metastasized and from January - March 2017, it had progressed into her spine. My Mom was at stage 4 in only a matter of 2 months and was given months to live. She told my sister and me that it was going to be quick and she did not have much time. A day and a half after her diagnosis, the cancer moved from her spine to her lungs. My beautiful and vivacious Mom did pass away on March 6, 2017. After 4 short days, she passed quickly. Our lives are forever changed and the journey is full of tears, beautiful memories and bursting love for a Wife, Mother and Friend. My Mom loved Willow Tree Angels and she has so many in their home. I would buy Mom one each Christmas. With Mothers' Day approaching, I will honor my beautiful mother. I bought the Prayer of Peace Angel as the loss of my mother in such a short period of time has been the most challenging time in my life. There are so many beautiful Mother Daughter pieces that I will add to my (at this time small) collection. Thank you for your beautiful collection. Love be with you - always. Stephanie
I have collected willow pieces for several years now and most have been given to me as gifts for birthdays, anniversary, being a new grandparent, Nativity set and I given several to my 3 children to celebrate graduations , marriages, first born and first birthdays, and also as gifts to dear friends in their time of loss..But this past May I received Avery special gift the Angel of peace in memory of our oldest child, Kevin, he got killed in a motorcycle accident, a hit and run, and Kevin's sweet girlfriend Dawn was also killed. Kevin left behind two very sweet little sons, Grant age 9 and Connor age 7. Dawn left behind a son age 17 and a daughter age 12. Life as we knew it changed dramatically for all of us that night and we have lost so much. I loved my only son more than words can describe and the depth of our grief is so deep. I am heartbroken. My cousin gave me this special Angel and I will always treasure and the Angel has a special place to sit and watch over me. Mother of my sweet Angel Kevin
I purchased Prayer of Peace for my cousin as a thank you gift and also a gift of comfort to her. She blessed my life in a very special way that touched my inner soul. At the time that she was thinking of me and blessed me with her kindness, she was going through a very difficult time in her life. I did not know what she was fully experiencing until we talked later. She was present for me so I wanted to pass on encouragement, hope and peace to her just as she had offered me. When I first saw the Prayer of Peace figure, I knew immediately that this would be the perfect gift of gratitude, most of all a special gift of peace to her. I will always cherish her presence at a very critical time in my life. My prayer for her will always be a prayer of peace to always seek the quiet within.
I got my Prayer of Peace Willow statue from my mum and dad as a Confirmation present. It was a really special day, as I was with most of my family, including my grandparents who came down with my auntie all the way from Dorset. Also, a butterfly was present in the Church and the butterfly is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. This butterfly reminded me of my younger brother who unfortunately was a still birth and it was just special to have it present. I was the only one who got Confirmed today which made it slightly more special. After the Confirmation service, my family and some friends came back to our house to have some snacks. It was here where I opened this present from my parents. This Willow Tree statue will always remind me of this extra special day. Also, when we got back I noticed that the daffodils under our apple tree had flowered. These daffodils are where I buried my pet budgie a few months ago. It really made me feel as though all my people were present with me. It was a great day and one I will never forget.
It's inpiring for Susan to hear how you feel about your Willow Tree piece. Your personal interpretation is so meaningful... thank you for taking the time to share it.