Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Jennifer C. Hinunangan (February 9,1958-August 12,2008)


Mama had always been kind to everyone she had ever known, from her patients to her relatives, to people in our community and to her colleagues. Once, while on the way to school in my clinical uniform, the pedicab driver asked me if I was related to Mrs. Hinunangan. I told him I was her son. He informed me Mama took care of the hospitalization of his wife when my mother was still working as a staff nurse in EVRMC.
I've been trying to find the right words how to describe my relationship with my mom: she is a friend, someone who laughed at my jokes, encouraged me to pursue my silliest dreams, always supportive, and fiercely protective of my brothers and me.
Ma, we'll never quite have another one like you. Thanks for always being the greatest Mom. Thanks for the sacrifices you made for us, thanks for enduring those times when we caused you a headache. We love you always.
A few days ago, we received a phone call that my mom had pulmonary embolism. From the scans, three of her vessells were blocked. I was still able to speak with her before she went to the ICU. I told her it was a miracle. Maybe God gave us a second chance to be together since she is still in the US. Early this morning, the phone rang- I woke up, and I knew what it was.
This was my last text to my Mom:
I always pray for our family, most specially for your health. Naku Ma, we still have a lot of good times to look forward to. I'll do better in school for you. Remember God won't give us trials we can't endure. We love you!
She replied:
Thanks. You guys are my strength and my life.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

oh thad:

my condolences

MINK said...

Condolence thad...
kahit hindi ko nakilala si mommy mo, i know shes a great person kasi he brought up a great person in you.

hugs for you.

Mugen said...

my condolences thad.

joelmcvie said...

My deepest condolences. My prayers to you and the rest of your family, Thad.

joaqui_miguel said...

My sincerest condolences to you and your family. I may have known you only through this blog but I feel your pain. My dad passed away a few years back but still it pains me until now.

rea said...

i know how it is to lose a mother, my mother left us just last year ......... my prayers are with you and your family.

crystal_farmer said...

i'm so sorry to hear about your mom, man. i know exactly how it feels to get news like this over the phone. live strong.

Phoenix said...

To everyone: I thank you for your sympahy. My mother was not a sickly person, that's why it came as a shock to me that out of the blue we were informed that she was admitted to the hospital. A few days ago, I still had a chance to talk with her while she was in the ICU on IV and heparin drip: she sounded weak, coughing once in a while. I told her I did well with the NICU PRS (she was a NICU nurse) and tried to sound as cheerful as I could. Sabi ko mas masaya yung bakasyon nila sa sunod.

Until now, I still cannot believe it. She was such a great person I don't know why God willed it this way. I guess the wisdom of His plans has yet to be revealed to us. I feel bad for my brothers who are in the US, specially Ty who stayed with my mom. It has been incredibly hard on him. My other brother who is in the US Navy is coordinating with my dad and other relatives how mama's remains will be transported back to the Philippines. Ang daming formalities at ang laki ng gastos. To think, Mama was our breadwinner talaga.

Maybe one day, I'll understand why it happened this way. Everytime I think about it naiiyak ako dahil nahirapan ang mama ko during her last days. Please join me and include her in your prayers. Thanks again guys.

Gibo said...

my deepest condolences thad.

KRIS JASPER VAN DYKE said...

My mum died in the US in 2004. All of us, her family werent there. I spoke to her 2 hours before she died. Luckily, we were able to say "I love You" to each other.

I went there for her service. But it was late.

There were a lot of questions in my mind during those times. But as they say, time helps when you bereave. Just hold on. You said it anyway: One day, you will understand.

God Bless.

coolwaterworks said...

Hello, I was able to reach this blog through the Vegan Prince blog site...

Though I do not know you personally, please accept my condolences.

"He makes all things beautiful in His time..." - Ecc. 3:11

Kiks said...

my sincerest sympathies, thad.

my-so-called-Quest said...

condolence thad. i'll pray for you and your mom.

scholasas said...

condolence Thad. Hindi ko alam 'til u texted me kanina at nagjoke pa ako. huhu sorry, i didn't know.:C I'll text u later...

Rhodge said...

Condolence, Thad...

MakMak said...

My prayers are with you and your family, Thad.

Be strong. I know you are anyway.

ruff said...

my ferventest prayers thadie.

with love from my unbearable lightness.

ruff

tagabukid said...

condolences.

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