Great-Grandma Is Home

Jim’s mom passed away very peacefully last night.

Her decline til now had been very slow: she had been in hospice care for over three years (the usual course is six months). So I expected her last phase to go slowly as well, but it went very quickly. I think that was a mercy. The last couple of days were hard as she struggled for breath even with 100% oxygen. Hospice prescribed some medicine to help with congestion and calmness, and that made her last afternoon and evening much more peaceful. The chaplain came by yesterday and sang “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” to her. Our prayer had always been that God would take her peacefully, with no pain, trauma, or confusion, and that’s just how it happened. We were both in the room and Jim was standing beside her stroking her head, when he saw her last breath. We called Jesse in and had a little private family moment – Jason and his family had said their goodbyes the night before. Her regular caregiver for 4 years now (not with hospice) asked to be called when it happened, so she came over and helped the hospice nurse take care of Jim’s mom’s body, and then we all waited til the guys from the funeral home came.

As I said yesterday, death is called “the last enemy,” but its days are numbered. Some day  “there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

But we do have them now, even as we rejoice that she is free from a crumpled, silent body and now breathing easily and reunited with her husband and sister and seeing the face of her Savior, who loved her and gave His life for her, whom she loved and faithfully served all her life. So we’d appreciate your prayers for her family, friends, and caregivers here.

Naturally I’ll be out of pocket for a few days. Thank you, dear friends.

This song came through in my playlist last Sunday, and seemed so appropriate. I wish I could find a clip or video of it online, but the CD it came from, Proclaim His Name by Mac Lynch and Tim Fisher, seems to be out of print.

All is done; the race has ended.
Weary bones are set aside.
You have now a brand new body
In a garment white, with celestial light.

Sin is gone; the pain has lifted.
Left behind are vic’tries won.
Now you see your risen Savior.
This is God’s own Son saying, “Child well done.”

Rest, rest, rest, oh, weary pilgrim.
Come and see that I’ve prepared for you.
Rest, rest, be at home with Me forever,
Free from sin and evermore I will give you rest.

~ Mac Lynch


47 thoughts on “Great-Grandma Is Home

  1. Been reading your blog for years. Have never commented. Just want to say I am sorry for your loss. Even when it is expected, it is not easy.

  2. Very sorry for your family’s loss, Barbara. It is never easy for the ones left here on earth, but what a blessing to know that she is whole and in the presence of her Savior. Much love to you.

  3. Praying for continued peace for your entire family, Barbara. What a lovely post — and oh, to hear this song! If you ever do find it, please tell your faithful readers where to get it. Blessings to you all.

  4. So sorry for your family’s loss. You will miss her and your home may seem rather empty for a time. But what a blessing that she is free of the limitations at last and with the Lord she loved and served so faithfully. What a peaceful passing He blessed her with. Praying for all of you.

  5. Dear Barbara, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. There is sweet peace in knowing that it won’t be long before we all will see the face of Jesus and join our loved ones in glory! What a day that will be!

  6. Like so many others, I feel like part of your family. We’ve been “friends “ for so many years. We all feel your loss like she was our own too. Praying for God’s blessings to cover each of you as you walk through this chapter in your life. You are not alone!

  7. Oh Barbara, I know it’s so hard. I’m STILL grieving the loss of my precious parents so I know just how difficult this is. My prayers tonight and through the coming days will include you, her family, your husband and all the friends who were touched by her life. Praying for Christ’s strength and peace for you all.Big hugs from NY.

  8. In sorry to hear of your loss but I know you are rejoicing that she is resting in the Lord’s arms. It’s been a long journey for you all and not any easy one I know. Your family is in my prayers during this time.

    • Thank you, Monica. You’re right – it hasn’t been an easy journey for any of us. But now I am happy we had the opportunity to make her last years comfortable at home. And such a joy to know she’s “resting in the Lord’s arms” – lovely way to put it.

  9. My prayers are. With your family and all her loved her. I’m grateful God was merciful and she passed peacefully to his presence. May each of you have an overwhelming peace and comfort.

  10. Aw, I’m sorry to hear she passed. But I know that y’all took such wonderful care of her. What a blessing to her that you were able to have her in your home for these last years. Prayers will be with you.

    • Thank you, Lisa. Though I didn’t always face care-giving with a good attitude, ultimately I’m glad we were able to bring her home into a loving atmosphere for her last years.

  11. Oh my, I am praying for your family! Never an easy time. I’m so pleased you were able to be such a blessing to her in her final years.

  12. We’re strangers to each other, but I’m praying for you and your family. This isn’t ideal, but if you go to this site — — you can play the SATB version of “Rest.”
    My grandmother’s final years were long, painful, tumultuous, and ended somewhat suddenly, though peacefully. At some point in Grandma’s decline, my mom purchased the sheet music for “Rest” and my brother and I sang it (with a dear couple in our church who had faithfully visited Grandma in her latter years) at the funeral. Yesterday would have been Grandma’s 96th birthday.

    • Thanks so much, Joy. I was so glad that my m-i-l didn’t deal with obvious pain – that would be so hard. Her increasing helplessness was sad to watch. That would have been difficult to sing at a loved one’s funeral! It brought tears to my eyes the first several times I heard it.

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  14. Thank you for sharing how God answered your prayers for a peaceful transition as Great Grandma entered her Lord’s presence. All God’s blessings and mercies for you and your family during this time, Barbara.

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