LETTER: To the Friends and Family of Margaret E. Ryan

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My sincere condolences.

You have lost a mother, grandmother, wife, sister, aunt and dear friend.

There are no words to speak that can heal the grief. Time is what is given.

Losing someone is never easy. Complex deep emotions are triggered and we can have a wave of nostalgia or quite the opposite.

Quite often there is much unresolved left lingering, and the journey to acceptance and forgiveness can begin.

Each individual has a history, a past – a legacy.
Each is a very personal and individual experience.
Margaret touched the lives of so many, in varying ways.

She too has a history.
Her spunk and courage giving us hope for the future.
Hope for healing lives and relationships that have been scarred by emotional and/or physical trauma.
Hope for forgiveness for those who suffer.
Hope for change in a world still divided by class, culture, status and prejudice.

Margaret was making an effort to bring that change.
My prayers go out to her friends and family.
Margaret was working on changing her future. She was pressing dreams and self exploration.
I want to honor the person she was becoming through her personal journey.

We cannot change our past, we can only change our future.

– Vera Johnson

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