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“There are people whose death leaves you with an ache of grief. A slight sting. And then there are people whose death stops time. Deaths that leave the sky murky all day long because even the sun is grieving. Deaths that shut down your muscles and stop the music. Deaths that turn every corner of your mind a shade of grey before they light up in a flame and shrivel away.”
Patricia Amaro, The Doleful Passing of Lilies
“A year will pass, and then another and things will keep on changing. The only thing we can all do is accept what we have no control over, and find the people willing to do anything in their power to smooth out the bumps in the boat and bob along with you through the waves. Because there is always someone willing to throw out a life jacket.”
Patricia Amaro, The Doleful Passing of Lilies
“So take a breath and smile, because my life and your life are beautiful.”
Patricia Amaro, The Doleful Passing of Lilies
“A hospital heals everything- from cancer to a cold- Maybe if I stayed here long enough someone would heal me too.”
Patricia Amaro, The Doleful Passing of Lilies
“I first realize I am dead when the cold stops. Each pain slowly trickles away and I begin to feel my body again. The closest thing I can compare the feeling to is coming inside after being out in the cold for a long time, the sensation of heat arising from within my body. As if I was suddenly awake- after being numb for so long.”
Patricia Amaro, The Doleful Passing of Lilies
“. It’s a weird feeling, broken. I expected to look and see bones sticking out all over my body, as normal as a broken arm or leg, but there was nothing. I have internal breaking, I thought. Everything else looked normal, skin was still white and bones were intact. That was the only way to explain it. Internal breaking.”
Patricia Amaro, The Doleful Passing of Lilies
“Each breath is a poignant reminder of the world I am forced to live in without her.”
Patricia Amaro, The Doleful Passing of Lilies
“There is silence as she starts to fall back asleep. I listened to the rhythmic of her heart beat. If she was more alert would she notice the absence of mine? I fall into the cushioning of the pillow, wishing desperately for the opportunity to fall into a peaceful sleep.

“You know what?” She says a few minutes later.
“What?”
“When we graduate and you go off and do whatever,” she pauses to yawn, “this is what I will miss the most.”
“What’s that?” I said barely whispering.
“You and me.”
Seconds later her snoring returns.”
Patricia Amaro, The Doleful Passing of Lilies


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