She leaves behind her beloved husband of sixty years, Dr. Balbir Singh Rawat and her four children, Usha Rawat, Arun Rawat, Deepa Lamba, Rupa Rawat, and six grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews in India.
In the summer of 2008, as I went to India to meet Rupa’s family, then I first met mom, at that time she was already diagnosed with AD, perhaps way passed the early stages of the disease. Our meeting was short and sweet, as I only spent 1 week, so we shared few meals, and moments together. Yet in such short time, a lasting impression was created, I remember she been very welcoming, smiling, and embracing. Even with her limited abilities to express, she showed amazing care for her daughter who was about to start a new life with me. AD may break the brain, but it will not stop the ability to care another even in ways that is not easily visible, such is the power of life, that much I learned from our short time together.
I write this, not to say good-bye but to mention what lies ahead after death. I have learned that death only ends the personality and the physical body returns to ashes to dust. As per the being behind the personality, within the body, she lives on, so know, life continues for mom. But in what form or shape, nobody knows.
In fact, she is Here within this existence, breathing and fully aware knowing very well whats going on within herself and within this existence. Death is not an end, it is only a beginning.
I am grateful for the few moments we shared, mom’s smile, her gentleness, her ability to care, show warmth will be missed by all whom have come to know her.
I conclude this by saying, mom, wherever you’re, live in peace.
Anton Fernando, July 2, 2012, Ottawa, Canada.