The Final Step…

….to saying goodbye to Maggie… Today was a beautiful day, weatherwise…so we buried Maggie’s ashes under her pine trees.  She spent a lot of time under those pine trees through the years…  From her younger days of breaking off dead branches and playing with the sticks and breaking them into tiny little pieces, to just hanging out under them for shade, to in her older years, eating the pine needles off the branches(I’ve been told they have Vit. B in them – maybe that was my first clue to her having kidney disease?)…  I thought it was fitting to lay her to rest under the pines…it’s peaceful there…I can go visit her in privacy and just sit with her, as I did today afterwards…

this photo taken this Spring - shortly after we found out she had CRF...
this photo taken this Spring – shortly after we found out she had CRF…under her pine trees..





….It was a difficult afternoon burying Maggie….stirred up all the emotions….the final deed being done…but she loved it under those pines…

…one more picture….I found this on my camera a week or so ago…one of the last one’s I took of Maggie…this was after I’d made the decision to put her to rest…her soul shines through in this photo…I think she was telling me she was okay with my decision…or so I hope.

I used to tell Maggie all the time…          

“Love you Maggie, love you very much”….



Author: maggie

Maggie was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma on her left knee. She had amputation done on October 20, 2009. Four days after surgery she had a low grade fever and was off her food for two weeks! Trying times.. I am grateful and so pleased with how she is progressing now.

12 thoughts on “The Final Step…”

  1. Awww, a very beautiful tribute to Maggie. The last picture is very very beautiful. I know a tough day but it looks like it was beautiful and I love the wind chimes

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  2. Whay a beautiful tributr for a beautiful soul. The stone and windchimes are so special and I love that you’ve left a light on for her.

    Thinking of you.

    Luanne and Spirit Shooter

  3. Thinking of you. Glad it was a breezy day for you to do this and hear Maggie speak to you through the chimes. Beautiful post!

  4. Tracy, you have created a beautiful and special place for your beautiful and special girl. What a lovely spot. I hope you spend many peaceful hours there.

    Liz and Angel Roxie

  5. Ohhh my dear Tracey. This is such a lovely place for you to sit with Maggie. And yes, she will speak to you through the chimes.

    In your stillness, hug her pine tree and you will feel her heartbeat. The wind will brush your cheeks with Maggie’s sweet kiss.

    You have given her an exquisite resting place and have used beautiful sentiments to sorround her there. And those aren’t “just words” Tracey–they are the language of the soul. May they resonate with you and bring you comfort..

    You know, she always looks so much younger than she is. I’m just beginning to wonder if you was onto some secret “fountain of youth” by eating pine needles and sticks. I think I’m gonna go munch on some …or mahbe smear some pine sap all over my face and see if it keeps me looking ounger like Maggie!

    Please continue to share more of Maggie with us. Just kowing how she loved her pine tree all these years is yet another way her life affirming energy will continue to toich us. I will never look at a pine tree without thinking of the beautiful Maggie…and that will always warm my heart.

    Love and light,

    Sally and Happy Hannah

  6. Whooa, I’m tearing up just listening to those chimes and seeing that beautiful photo of Maggie. It’s weird because this morning I was awakened by our own wind chimes. Now it will remind me of your amazing, heroic and beautiful girl whenever I hear them.

    {{{{{hugs}}}}} I know this was hard to do, much less write about. You are in our thoughts. xoxo

  7. What a beautiful resting spot for a beautiful girl. Forever in my heart, Maggie – your memory will never fade. Run free, Maggie – you have earned it.

  8. What an absolutely fitting place for her to be.. somewhere that she loved!! I am a huge lover of windchimes.. I have them all over my yard.. and I love the idea of having a memorial chime with her name on it!! What a great idea!!
    beautifdul spot for a beautiful girl!
    Christine….. with Franklin in her heart♥

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