• Shela

A Tribute to My Mother

Updated: Jul 22, 2020

I wrote this the day my mother passed away and have shared this on my social media platforms then but I want this tribute to also be the first post in my blog because this blog is dedicated to you, Mom, I want to continue your legacy of helping others with your words and actions.

My mother passed away at 6:52 AM WIB on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 in Jakarta, Indonesia after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.

My mom was a beautiful and brilliant woman. She had gone through so many troubles and turmoil in her life, and is the strongest woman I know. She is a fighter and has never taken ‘no’ for an answer. She fought hard and sacrificed plenty selflessly so that my siblings and I could live a better life.

She loved me dearly and always knew what was going on in my head before I had the chance to tell her. We shared one heart and one soul. She was always there for me when I needed advice and understood me in ways no one else in the world can. She shaped me to be the person I am today.

My mother brought joy to the lives of those blessed by her presence. She was a talented singer and writer. She always had a soft spot for orphans and does everything she can to help those that are less fortunate. She was lively and witty, and even when she was losing her bodily functions in her last days of cancer, she never lost her sense of humor.

My favorite memory of my mom was when she took my sister and I to an orphanage when I was around 6 or 7. I remember that we stopped by a bookstore and bought the latest edition of every magazine there and then we stopped by the supermarket and bought a lot of snacks. When we went inside the orphanage, all the kids there immediately flocked to her, like they knew her. And then I realized

that my mom goes there every weekend, to spend time with them and to read them stories. She was a kind soul and inspired me so profoundly throughout my life.

She will live on in my heart and the hearts of everyone she’s touched.

She is my love and my light, now and forever.

May her soul rest in peace.



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