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?