I Wrote This Because You Loved Me

The hour after my sister died I found myself asleep in a hospital chair dreaming of a wall sized art painting that featured ugly trolls holding crow marionettes.  It was an awful painting and I had no idea why I was there. Right below the painting two lines of words were written on the wall:

Joy in Life
Joy in Death

Now what was that supposed to mean, I asked myself. There might be some joy in life but is there really joy in death?  There was no doubt in my mind that I had experienced a lot of tragedy through my life. From the minute I was born, to this particular moment in time, death has always seemed to stalk me. It seems to challenge me at every moment and creates a permanent sadness deep in my soul.  I had seen so many people die in front of me that others felt I knew the final secrets just by looking at me and they would ask:

What do you do when someone dies?”

“What do you say to those that survive?”

I knew I could not stop life or death so I would silently ponder and say to them quietly:

“Joy in life”
“Joy in death”

My sister had been the hardest to watch as I knew she was dying the minute I saw her laying on the couch. The look in her eyes had been the same as my mother’s; lost eyes, lost body, and watching her soul gradually inch away each day. From the very first second I touched her to her very last minutes I always knew that she was not long for this planet.

Crying in anger for all our lost years, I now knew I could not stop her from dying, but what could I do?  I drove to Kingston, Ontario every few days and read her happy stories hoping they might encourage her unconscious body that kept asking itself:

Joy in Life?
Joy in Death?

I constantly held her hand, and talked to her even though she could not hear me. The cancer had now completely ravaged her and she was put on ventilation. No one could get to her, and no one could seem to help. I knew God was watching over her, but my heart said I needed to try do more.  I thought backwards forward and sideways, and then I realized there was only one person who might give her some comfort.

It was Celine Dion.

My sister loved the music of Celine and her favourite song was “Because You Loved Me”.  So as I sang her a few verses each day I remembered our past. No matter what words were said between us throughout the years it did not matter to my sister.  She always seemed to hear my voice when I could not speak and no matter what I felt she always saw the best in me.

Ten days after I started singing her that song my sister Robin died. After such a long struggle all I could do was close her eyes and kiss her. All the anger through the years had finally come to this tragic ending.

I woke up and drove the 85 miles home crying through the darkness of night. When I stopped the car a tiny white moth flew around me in a 360 degree circle 6 times. It flew by my ear so close I swear I heard it breathing. As I lowered my head in tears it sang quietly into my ears.

“You were my strength when I was weak 
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ‘coz you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me” 

No matter what had happened or transpired in our lives my dear sister; I am everything because you loved me.

“Joy in Life”
“Joy in death”

Dedicated to my late sister Robin Knight Nutbrown on her Birthday


“Even at the risk of loosing its life, the moth is ever-vigilant in following its path of light. This may also serve as a moral to us to keep our own vigilance, but not fall victim of blind faith.”

Linda Seccaspina 2012

Song Lyrics: Celine Dionhhhh


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Filed under Healing, Inspirational, Journal, Love

10 Responses to I Wrote This Because You Loved Me

  1. Oh This was so beautiful. I totally get the Joy in Life, Joy in Death. What a wonderful message. It is so important. Love. You made me feel what love can truly be. Thank you.

  2. Linda Seccaspina

    Thanks for doing this Hayley.. You are the very best..

  3. Claudia Forster-Allen

    Dear Linda, this was wonderful to watch and listen. My sympathies to you as I didn’t realize that Robin had passed. This gives me joy to watch as I call my Mom and sing to her over the phone. She responds to music and she whistles back. That is the joy of living and I understand the joy in death. Our spirits live on to return and continue our love in another way. XXOO

  4. Linda Seccaspina

    thanks Claudia..
    I love you for this.

  5. LHeure Bleue

    Such a poignant and beautiful piece. I’m sitting with tears in my eyes listening to this beautiful song. It’s obvious her love flowed into you and flows out magnified from you. Thank you for sharing such gorgeous joy.

  6. Linda Seccaspina

    Thatnks Bleue

  7. Jeanette

    My mother was in a coma at the end of her life and my niece and I stood vigil over her. During the final hours of her life, we continued to talk to her, telling her we would be alright and Daddy was waiting for her. Where was her mind, her voice, her soul at those final minutes I wondered?. How could she be aware of our presence? I got my answer. While taking her last breaths, she said my name several times and then she left us. I will never forget that. Mom answered a lot of questions that night.
    Take care, Linda. Robin is right there next to you.

  8. Linda Seccaspina

    What a comment.. Brought me to tears.. When she was dying the nurse told me that hearing is the last to go. NO doubt in my mind they heard us both.

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