Recently, my very close friend’s mother passed away. She was struggling with an illness, but her passing came on quite suddenly. As she experienced the last hours of this life surrounded by loved ones, I walked to a friend’s apartment, using the time to say some prayers for her to pass to the next world peacefully, and for her family to be blessed with the grace needed to cope with this experience.
It was such a beautiful night; I could feel the heavens opening up to receive her. The dusk sky obliged me. I saw it as a sign that she had begun the ascent, and was already bathing in the light of eternity. Alhamdulillah
Through my tears, I looked up to see her beautiful face in this flower. I thought to myself that our souls ascend to the heavens, while our bodies return to the earth to be regenerated into all the things we see as beautiful. Every time you see a beautiful flower, consider it a whispered hello and I love you from those who have already left this life for the next, and a reminder that they are always with you through the imprint left on the heart.
Kil Son Kim Leonino will always have a place in my heart because her story has become interwoven with my own. Her experience has been a guiding light for me in my darkest hours, and she showed me that sometimes love and acceptance are slow to build, yet truly possible, even in the most difficult of situations.
Kil Son Kim, The Heavens Welcome You.