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09/12/2006 03:47:32 PM · #1
My Grandmother, 98 years old, is passing. She has been in the nursing home for about five years and there has not been one day that she has been alone. My mother, two aunts, and my uncle and his wife take turns everyday. Feeding her breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sitting by her side, comforting her, reading the Bible to her (she loved to read the Bible), and playing gospel songs on the radio for her.

We have watched her go down hill for years now and have been preparing ourselves for the day. But when it gets close no matter how much preparing you have done it doesnít ease the pain of loosing a love one. My Grandmother was always the woman that had the time to listen when you need an ear. She gave advice wisely and I never heard her use her tongue as a sword.

She is a devoted Christian that loved the Lord. She never pushed it upon anyone but had a way of letting her values be seen and heard. My mother told me she use to read the Bible out load at nights while the children played. Just loud enough that they could hear so they could have a choice in live when they grew up. It seemed to work as two of her sons became preachers.

She was born a daughter of a preacher man and married my grandfather in 1921. They had nine children. She out lived her parents, husband, and four of her children. I can honestly say that I am blessed to be her grandchild. And I hope I have made her proud.

A little over a year ago my mother was at the nursing home taking care of my Grandmother. She had just finished feeding and taking care of her. While rubbing my Grandmothers head, my mother felt compelled to write the following poem. It is from my Grandmothers perspective and my mother says the words just seem to write themselves on the paper. I guess it was my grandmotherís way of thanking my mother and others for taking care of her for so long.

My Mothers message to her children

My mind is not what it used to be,
My eyes are dim where I cannot see.

My hearing has become very faint,
I try to speak but I canít.

But in my mind I talk to you,
And I know everything your do.

If you only knew the prayers I pray,
That God will help you everyday.

I know the love you have for me,
You show it everyday Ė you see.

You have stayed right by my side,
Iíve even heard the tears you cried.

One day God will call me home,
I will have to leave you all alone.

Iíll wait in Heaven patiently,
Until your loving face I see.

July 2005

God only knows when she will leave this world but until then please, if you can find it in your heart, say a prayer for her.

Thank everyone,
SDW

Message edited by author 2006-09-12 15:50:00.
09/12/2006 03:53:13 PM · #2
We should all have a devoted family to look in on us in our later years.
The memories need be remembered and passed down to future generations too, as that is all we really leave behind.

Thank you for sharing this Scott.
09/12/2006 04:02:07 PM · #3
What a wonderful woman she sounds Scott.

(((hugs)))
09/12/2006 04:09:05 PM · #4
Never an easy time, even though you know with certainty where she is going. *hug*
09/12/2006 04:18:10 PM · #5
That's a beautiful poem.

I said a prayer, for her as well as her family.
09/12/2006 04:24:56 PM · #6
Thanks for sharing her with us.
Sounds to me like a wonderful, grand lady. I know you'll miss her but she'll be with you.
{hug}
09/12/2006 04:28:30 PM · #7
Originally posted by justine:

Thanks for sharing her with us.
Sounds to me like a wonderful, grand lady. I know you'll miss her but she'll be with you.
{hug}


Well said. My thoughts are with her and your entire family.
09/12/2006 04:32:16 PM · #8
Originally posted by Southern Gentleman:

God only knows when she will leave this world but until then please, if you can find it in your heart, say a prayer for her.


certainly... sounds like a life well lived. may her journey home be marked with dignity and free of pain...

prayers for her, you, and your family...


09/12/2006 07:56:03 PM · #9
Thanks to everyone
SDW
09/12/2006 08:33:30 PM · #10
Originally posted by justine:

Thanks for sharing her with us.
Sounds to me like a wonderful, grand lady. I know you'll miss her but she'll be with you.
{hug}


It sounds like you and your wonderful family are part of an amazing legacy she has given this world. All of you will be in our thoughts and in our prayers. ((hugs))
09/12/2006 08:40:53 PM · #11
This just makes me want to cry! What a beautiful description of your grandmother.. makes me think of mine who passed away in '88 :'((
09/12/2006 08:55:21 PM · #12
Scott I lost my last grandparent many years ago, before my son was even born. I know what your going through and I'll say a prayer for you and your family tonight. I hope that if she does pass she does so peacefully and her loved ones are with her when she crosses over to meet those that have gone before her.

MattO
09/12/2006 09:16:14 PM · #13
A very beautiful poem with some interesting thoughts considering the circumstances.
09/12/2006 09:41:01 PM · #14
Your Grandmother has a wonderful family. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow as only He can.
09/16/2006 09:01:04 PM · #15
It is with a heavy heart and tears of sadness along with joy to announce that my Grandmother passed tonight a 8:00 pm est. The tears of sadness is because we didn't want her to go, but the tears of joy is that I know she is basking in the presence of Jesus. May the Heavenly Angels sing as my devoted grandmother enters the kingdom of God.

Thanks go out to everyone for your prayers and thoughts.
regards,
SDW
09/16/2006 09:03:30 PM · #16
I share your sadness at your loss. I also know that right now there is a party in heaven.
09/16/2006 10:02:18 PM · #17
Scott, there are no words I can say that will diminish the pain of loss you are presently feeling. All I can say is that it was truly heartwarming to feel the love that binds your family together, and how your faith guides you through these difficult times.

Yours is the type of family bond we should all strive to emulate. My thoughts are with you and yours.

Ray
09/16/2006 11:05:31 PM · #18
My deepest condolences to you and your family Scott.
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