A letter of thanks and goodbye
Editor’s note: Debbie Unglert died on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from breast cancer. She wrote this letter to be shared with family and friends after her death.Dear family and friends,Saying good-bye has always been one of the hardest things for me. Especially to those I love.If I had a choice, I would’ve stayed around for at least another 30 years. But for some reason it wasn’t meant to be. I would’ve grown old with you, watched my children and your children grow and have families of their own, been a grandmother and retired to some warmer climate to tend to my garden. But God had other plans.I’ve lived a life full of adventure. Journeyed places that made me a stronger person … a better person. And I came to realize that I was stronger than I ever thought I could be … that I could survive anything. I’ve learned a lot from my mistakes and realized that when faced with your own immortality, you look at life in a whole different light. So live every moment to its fullest … life is worth fighting for … don’t hold grudges … forgive and move on … love unconditionally.So what would I like to be remembered for?As a wife … who loved her husband to the end of time.A mother … who loved her children so much that she would do anything for them.A daughter … who loved her parents dearly.A sister … who loved her siblings as only siblings can.A friend … who would be there with love and support as all of you have been there for me.Thanks to all of you for sharing with me in my journey of life. You all helped to make me who I was.Do not be sad. Remember that faith shines brightest in the dark and that a cloud cannot cast a shadow unless the sun shines behind it.I love you all!Debbie
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