Tuesday, December 13, 2011

All my love to Heaven

It was like something you might read about or see in a movie.

My mom called and said, "It's time, you need to come now."  And, I did...smelling like an onion and garlic from the chicken noodle soup I'd been preparing.

When I arrived, my cousin, sisters, brother, aunt, uncle, and mom were gathered around my grandfather.  I grabbed a hold of my mom and sobbed and sobbed until my chest hurt, my eyes stung, and my knees were knocking.  (I don't think I can do this.  I'm not ready for him to die.)

And slowly after a few hours passed, a chaplain came and led a prayer.  We all held hands and quietly cried as we watched him pray over our grandfather...and then, as he left, my grandfather took in a few short breaths and peacefully went to Heaven.  It was beautiful.

As I lay here in my warm bed at home, I can't stop thinking about what "Jack" the chaplain said. 

In life, we should find a way to say four things to the people who are most important to us:
  • I love you.
  • I am thankful for you.
  • Please forgive me.
  • I forgive you.
Rest in peace, grandpa and know that you are loved.

1 comment:

  1. Peace to you and your family Kelly.
    Those were my exact words when I got the call that my dad had died. "I'm not ready for this!" I didn't get to be by his side, being a 9 hour car trip away in the middle of the night.

    But, it all happens as it is meant to... God answered my dad's lifelong prayers for a speedy death.
    May you also find peace in his passing.


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