My mother has passed away.
It was not unexpected, and it was not a shock - it was something I actually was fairly prepared for - but it knocked the wind right out of me nonetheless.
She had been in a palliative care ward for a little over four months. Her mind still sharp as ever - her body, however, devastated by thirty years of fighting various cancers.
I figured I'd be able to write something more, but I cannot. Quiet and shy as she was, she would have probably preferred it this way.