She is heaven

I wrote the following this afternoon. This evening she was in heaven.

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As I sit by her bedside
watching her take each breath,
knowing it may be her last,
I am grateful for the years I’ve known her.
Grateful for her love.
Grateful for the laughter and tears we shared.
Grateful for so many sweet memories.

Most of all I am grateful for Him who knew no sin, who became sin, that we might become the righteousness of God. That she might become the righteousness of God.

She’s known Him in part for many years.
Soon she will know Him in whole.
Face to face.
In all of His glory.

It has been my honor to care for her these past four years. I’ve done what I could. I’ve tried to do what was right for her according to her wishes and needs. I’ve done my best.

As I sit here waiting, I think of the prayer prayed as part of the sacrament of last rites:

“Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant E. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.”

“May her soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”

Alzheimer’s, dementia, Eldercare, Grief


KathleenBDuncan

I write about my life, my journey, my family, and my faith. I am wife to one, mom to seven with one in heaven, and grandmother to many. I am also full-time caregiver to my stepmom E who suffers from dementia due to Alzheimer’s. In my spare time I like to read, travel, crochet, bike, and play with our black pug Molly.

Comments (4)

  • I know you are having mixed emotions right now. Joy that she is with Jesus; that she has a new body and mind; that she is whole in every respect. Deep loss because you invested so much of yourself into her well-being for these past few years. In time, the joy will o ershadow the loss. To a degree, maybe it already is.

    Praying for you now and over the next few days and weeks as you tend to all the things that must be tended to.

  • Miss Kathleen ~ aawwwee darn it, was my first reaction when I saw the email and the title. But then I realized how wonderful the years have been and how blessed I have been to read some about hers and your journey. May the many memoires warm your heart and soul as she frolics on the streets of gold.

    Hugs,
    Kathleen

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