April 07, 2007

Bye Mom, We Miss You

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My mother, Sonia Morris (nee Stratychuk), passed away late Thursday evening, April 5, in the comforting presence of her husband, sister and children. She leaves a legacy of love, acceptance, nurturing and understanding that we will remember to try to heal the gaping holes in our hearts. I will post several entries here over the coming days to celebrate her life as a mother, wife, community activist, proud Ukrainian-Canadian, multiculturalist, professor, writer and editor.

Mom stared cancer straight in the eye several times and never flinched, protecting and shielding her loved ones until the end.

Until we publish an obituary, I would like to let people know that Mom requested a simple cremation and a dinner of remembrance with immediate family instead of a public service, and we are honouring her wishes.

We would all like to thank the wonderful nurses, doctors and support staff at Burnaby Hospital, who worked so hard to keep Mom comfortable, and the caring staff at St. Michael's Hospice who gently provided for her in her final few days. You have all done us an immeasurable service.

Posted by Paul at April 7, 2007 07:45 PM