Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Mother-In-Law: June 17, 1923 to December 24, 2010

This is surreal for our family, 10 days after my Dad passes away my
mother-in-law does the same thing.
She went into the hospital on December 22 with shortness of breathe and passed away 2 days later.
Wow, is the only word I can come up with.
I am a bit tardy posting this news, I did not want you to be concerned over
your holiday season.
I took pictures of the flowers, of course, and made this collage.

I read this poem at my Dads' service and was asked by hubby to read it at his Mothers'
For me it says everything I feel and believe.

When I am gone, release me, let me go.
I have so many things to see and do.
You must not tie yourself to me with tears.
Be happy that we had so many years
I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown
But now it's time I have to travel on alone
So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust
It's only for a little while that we must part
So bless the memories within your heart
I won't be far away, for life goes on.
So, if you need me, call and I will come
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near
And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear
All of my love around you soft and clear
And then, when you must come this way alone.
I'll greet you with a smile and 'welcome home.'
~ Author Unknown~

Thank you for visiting.
Happy New Year!


Karen said...

My condolences to you, your husband and your family. It is so hard to understand how these things happen in "clusters". In 2008 I lost my mother and then four months later, my father. It will be a challenging time for you and your husband. I hope that you and your husband will join a support group. We have one at our church that is so helpful.
Take care...
-- Ladybug Creek

Deb said...

I'm so sorry, but thank you for the reading. My mom passed 10/18/10 after living with us for 3 years due her advancing Alzheimers. It's been a struggle dealing with her passing and reading this really helps. Thinking of you and your husband, please take care and I join you in welcoming 2011. Thanks again...

Sherri B. said...

I am so sorry for your huge loss. You and your family will be in my prayers..that The Lord will take you in His arms and hold you close.

Bonnie said...

I'm sorry to hear about your losses. This is such a hard time of year to deal with that. Have you read the poem "Merry Christmas from Heaven" ? After my grandmother passed away, my Dad gave everyone a copy of it for Christmas. I'm posting it here for you in case you haven't seen it.
Merry Christmas from Heaven
By: John Mooney, Jr.

I still hear the songs
I still see the lights
I still feel your love
On cold winter nights

I still share your hopes
and all of your cares
I'll even remind you
to please say your prayers

I just want to tell you
you still make me proud
You stand head and shoulders
above all the crowd

Keep trying each moment
to stay in his grace
I come here before you
to help set your place

You don't have to be
perfect all the time
he forgives you the slip
if you continue to climb

To my family and friends
please be thankful today
I'm still close beside you
in a new special way

I love you all dearly
now don't shed a tear
cause i'm spending my
Christmas with Jesus this year.

julieQ said...

OH no...I am so sorry, and am holding you up in prayer.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear this sad news at the end of your year. It's odd how often the passing of one spouse is precurser to the other. The same thing just happened to my friend in November....I will be thinking of you and your family as you are in this time of grief.

Pondside said...

Beautiful words of comfort in difficult times. I'm so sorry to read about the losses you've had over the holidays. There's no easy time, but this must have been particularly difficult. Thinking of you.

leavesnbloom said...

Oh no that is just dreadful news. May the Lord comfort you all at this sad time.

Carolyn said...

I am so sorry for you and your husband's loss -hard at any time but especially during the Christmas season.
The poem you shared is beautiful.

Take care,


Denise@alloverroses said...

I am so very sorry to hear of both your father and your mother-in-law passing away. My thoughts are prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

Piecefulafternoon said...

Our thoughts are with you at this time - these are hard things to go through - but you do have the memories to sustain you.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhh I am so sorry; I know what you mean...this has been a bad year for us too...first my mother-in-law; then my aunt right before Christmas...but the family is at that be expected; I thoughts are with you

Patsi said...

The poem brought tears to my eyes.
Sorry for your loss.

Shevvy said...

Thats just crap. I'm so sorry for you.
I've just finalised the funeral for one of my aunts who passed away the week before Christmas. Another aunt went a few months ago but at least we had a bit of time between the two.
Its so much worse at Christmas.

Take care of yourself.

quiltmom said...

It is a beautiful piece that you read af the funerals of your loved ones. My sincere condolences in the loss of your loved ones. They will be missed by all who loved them. My wish for you is that you find yourselves surrounded by the love and support of family and friends through this challenging time.
In sympathy,
Warmest regards,

Crafty Gardener said...

So sorry to hear of your family's losses. Death is so hard to take at any time, but it seems harder when at Christmas. That is a lovely poem, and very well done of you to read it at both funerals.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Jen, I am so sorry for your husband and your loss. Things happen so strangely sometimes that it is hard to believe it all.So much loss in so little time.
It is a lovely poem and we will all be home some day.

Naturegirl said...

I send you my condolences at this time of loss.
I too experienced my own mother entering hospital one day and gone 4 days later.It has now been 2 years.
The memories within our hearts are there forever.
Peace be to your dad and mom in law..comfort to you dear friend.
gentle hugs Anna

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

It certainly has been a trying time for you and your family in the past few weeks. I love the poem you read. I read it when we laid my Mother to rest in 2006. I just never seem to get through it with out sobbing. V

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Jenn -- Once again, I am so sorry for your family's loss. The poem you read at both services is beautiful; thank you for sharing it.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry about your losses. I just lost my dear mother one month ago...unexpectedly. She knew she had cancer, but the Dr's gave her quite a few months, only to die from a stroke a couple of days before Thanksgiving. It hurts, doesn't it? You will be in my thoughts and prayers.