Dear friends of ours in another city recently experienced the loss of her mother. I’ve copied part of their email here in this blog post to remind us all that we each will one day face this situation. This story touched me – not only because of the tenderness between Lisa and her mom, but also because of their faith in Christ. Nearly all of what we do on this earth is meaningless – that’s one of the core messages of the book of Ecclesiastes. But how and why we do what we do will matter a great deal in eternity. If you’ve never accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, I invite you to contact me to learn more how you can know Him personally and be assured of your eternal life.
Here is part of their email to us:
“It was a crazy week last week with Natalie’s high school graduation and then Lisa’s mom. She went into the hospital on Friday, May 11, suffering with severe pain in her legs. After a couple days of tests, they discovered a number of blood clots in both legs that blocked the circulation. Long story short, she had one surgery to remove the clots, but after a week in the hospital she was extremely weak, the blood clots were returning to her legs and she was starting to have other complications. It got to the point where a foot or leg amputation would be required in order to save her life. She was still lucid enough to tell Lisa and her brother/sister that she didn’t want any further treatment but instead was ready to “go home”. She also wanted Lisa to be at our home, celebrating Natalie’s graduation. They put her into hospice care on Friday, May 18. Lisa was OK staying away as she was able to talk to her mom some during the hospital stay. But she was really worried that her mom would try to hang on in the midst of terrible suffering until we could get [back to her mother] early this week. Our prayer was that [Lisa’s mom] would not suffer and would not linger on. What an answer to prayer Lisa got! On Sunday morning when we first got up, Lisa felt a strong need to call the hospice. The nurse told her that her mom was failing pretty fast and couldn’t talk but could still hear. They held a phone up to her mom’s ear and Lisa was able to tell her all about Natalie’s graduation, to thank her for being a great mom and to tell her how much we all loved her. As Lisa was finishing talking the nurse came back on the line and told her that her mom passed away while Lisa was talking to her. The nurse believed her mom was holding on until she got to talk to Lisa one last time. That was a huge answer to prayer and a huge comfort to Lisa – that her mom wasn’t suffering anymore. Her mom lived a long (92 years) full life and was in remarkably good health right up until the end…”