For those that have experienced the loss of a loved one, there are many things we wish we could have said before it was too late. The problem is, we never get these things off our chest, and wrestle around with what could have been if we had said these things. So, before it's too late, make sure you tell a loved one these things. I know, in dealing with the loss of grandma a few years ago, that there were plenty of things I wish I would have said, here are a few of them.
1. "Thank you"
Too often, the people that take care of us are taken for granted. After all, parents and grandparents are there to take care of us, right? Even then, we should still say thank you for the investments that these loved ones have put into us. Doing this will make your loved one feel appreciated, and well, loved.
2. "You inspire me"
Witnessing an immigrant grandmother come and raise 5 kids of her own and 13 grandchildren, I was truly inspired as to how I want to be as an adult. Selfless, caring, attentive and unconditionally loving. These traits of her are things that I try to embody in my everyday life and should be things every good human displays. Everyone has good things about them. Think about those traits in your loved one, and how they inspire you to go about everyday life.
Even with unconditional love, there was plenty of times that I wish I would have apologized for asking my loved one for too much or turning my back when I shouldn't have. These things stick with me still today and serve as some of my biggest regrets as things I could have and should have done differently.
4. "I'll miss you"
So many times, I left my loved one without telling them how I would miss them. Now, since they're gone, I reflect on the last time I said goodbye to my grandma, not knowing that it was the last time I would see her. This still ways so heavily on me, because you never know when your last chance to see someone will be. So, make sure you tell those loved ones how thankful you are and how much you will miss them until you see them again.
5. "I love you"
Cheesy, I know. But this one is the most significant. You can never tell someone that you love them enough. Everybody needs to know that they're loved. We all struggle with insecurities and knowing that you're loved by someone can go a long way in patching those insecure thoughts for the time being. So, get out and tell your loved one how much you love them.