My beloved mother passed into eternal life on Thursday, May 11, 2017 in the evening.
For the past year, she had been living with Author and me. A hospital stay in May 2016 had left her very weak, and we brought her to live with us. She had always requested to live with family and not in a nursing home.
She was 94 years old and fairly healthy, except for dementia and arthritis. Both of these started to have very significant effect about 5 months ago. And then, 4 days ago, I realized her condition was far beyond my capabilities; I was not able to keep her comfortable anymore. She was transferred to the nearby hospice center and passed less than 24 hours after arriving there.
Today, I am thankful to God, for I see how He worked so many things for our good. He knew the desires of Mom’s heart and arranged for her to live with her family until the end. He knew the desires of our hearts as we prayed that she would pass peacefully in her sleep, and she did. And He grew our faith and dependence on Him as we cared for her in His strength.
He also blessed me greatly when I found what she wrote on the top margin of her Bible, above John 4:42, “Este es el Salvador del mundo, el Cristo.”
Click HERE to read an informative and important article that states much of what we did this past year in helping our loved one pass from this world. We hope it may help someone else.
As DC has said, you and your family have my deepest sympathy, Editor. I also have been praying for you since learning that you had taken your mother in to care for her. Although my mother is not under my roof, I have been her sole support since my dad died 22 years ago. It has been a long road, but I thank God for it. Thank you for the post. Although I have done my share of reading and know all of this, it is so good to be reminded of it. God is so good and I will always be amazed at how He works through our trials, sorrows, and difficult relationships to make us more Christlike. I pray the knowledge that you will one day be reunited (maybe one day very soon) bring you much comfort. God Bless you.
Thank you, Shelley. Sorry for my late response, but We had a busy week last week preparing for her funeral, and I haven’t been on the site. James 5:16 tells us that the sweet aroma of caring prayers is attended to by Him.
You both have my deepest sympathy. I have had you all on my prayer list since you first spoke about your mom being in the hospital and then coming to live with you. What a blessing you were to her! I know it was difficult sometimes, but you had Someone Who was always there to see you through the ups and downs. We know it won’t be long now until we are reunited with loved ones who have gone on before us (in my case my dad.) Maranatha!
Thank you for your prayers during the past year. I knew there were people praying for us, but I wasn’t sure who all of them were.
Every day I asked God for His strength to help me be loving and kind to my mother. Dementia takes away your personality, memories, and eventually even your ability to form words. My Mom had a long retired life (30 years) and enjoyed being with her family. She was thankful to God and so are we.
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