Journey to Another Shore

 I plan on writing a long post this weekend about the events that have occurred here over the past few days.  My mother passed away peacefully yesterday.  She was 63.

There has been an outpouring of kind words and deeds from friends, family, acquaintances, and even strangers, not only in these past few days, but over the past several years.  About two years ago my father made the decision to care for my mom at home instead of confining her to a care facility.  This took the love, dedication, and sacrifice of so many people, and we were truly blessed to have them all in our lives. 

As my mother took her last breath, her hand was on her childhood prayer-book.  Our immediate family was gathered around her saying the rosary.  The rosary always comforted her and she passed to the other side in such peace.  I do not know who wrote the following passage.  It was sent to me by a friend, and I can’t stop thinking about it.

I stood watching as the tiny ship sailed out to sea. As she disappeared from sight a voice at my side whispered, “She is gone”. On the farther shore, friends gathered to watch and wait in happy expectation. Suddenly they caught sight of the tiny sail and at the very moment when my companion had whispered, “She is gone” a glad shout went up in joyous welcome, “Here she comes!”


Photo © Andrew Williams.

Are there any inspirational quotes or sayings that are special to you?

16 responses to this post.

  1. That is a lovely and comforting quote. My heart breaks for you and your family. I can only imagine what a difficult road you have traveled. I am thankful for you that it was peaceful and for your father that he was able to care for her at home as he wished. Saying a prayer for you. Hugs.


  2. What a beautiful and touching quote, Tracy.

    It brought tears to my eyes.

    How peaceful your mothers passing was.

    Reading this post brought back many memories for me as a child. My father also decided to care for my biological mother at home instead of confining her to a caring facility.

    Sending you a big warm hug, my friend…..

    ((((( Tracy )))))



  3. There is a lot of confusion as to who wrote this prayer, but I like to attribute it the Native American’s which is how I first came across it. My thoughts are with you. My Dad died when he was just 64. It was too soon. It is too soon for your Mom as well.

    Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there.I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet white doves in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there,I did not die.


  4. I’m so so sorry, Tracy. Prayers and all good thoughts to you.


  5. Posted by Stacey on March 23, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I can hear the jubilation!


  6. So sorry for yor loss, Tracy. You had time to say goodbye these final days and I think that is probably helpful. Not all of us have that opportunity! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family..


  7. I wish I could give you the biggest hug right now! I’m just getting a chance to catch up on some blog reading and my heart is breaking at this news. Don’t hesitate to email if you need anything!


  8. Hi Tracy .. I have just come over from Read Between the Minds .. and really just want to send some big hugs and love .. your father has been just brilliant and it’s so comforting to hear of how your mother was able to move on with her family around her: that’s is love.

    With many thoughts for you all at this time .. Hilary


  9. Thanks for those kind words, Hilary. I would say that I never *truly* knew my dad until I witnessed him caring for my mother during her long illness. Unconditional love really does exist out there!


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