Today is a special Motherís Day for me. It is exactly ten years ago today since the angels came and took my mother home.
How can I create emotions and feelings with words? That day ten years ago was bittersweet. We had filled the room with balloons and flowers to make it special. After all we were celebrating a very special event. All our lives were about to change, for those left behind it would be a loss, for our Mother it was the next phase, her soul which had faced the many sides of life was now leaving this world and entering eternity.
We brought Mumís bed out into the lounge not quite in front of the telly because there was a football game going on. She had been in a coma for two days and would have been watching the game with us if she could.
Moving the bed was quite a fiasco, we had to keep dropping it and working out how to turn corners, (she wasnít in it at the time of course).
At one stage the whole family was watching the Australian West Coast Eagles game.. There was a lot of shouting and hooraying happening, and Dad declared that either Mum would wake up and tell us to be quiet or the yelling would send her off to heaven.
The day before I had been trying to persuade her that it was Motherís Day in case she was hanging on waiting. Iím glad now that it was Motherís Day when she left us.
We all had our little tasks. Nathan my son (who was 15 at the time) was rubbing her feet,
Jamie my husband was singing her favourite hymns to her, and feeding her pieces of ice. Clare my sister in law is a Nurse so she got to do all the nursing tasks. My brother and I mainly held her hand and talked a lot about times gone by.
At one time she looked up toward the ceiling as though she had seen something lovely.
Then she looked at us and said ĎOh there you areí. Caught up in her ethereal experience we asked, ĎWho mum?í She replied, 'Well you two of course'. Still Iím sure she caught a glimpse of where she would be going in a few short hours.
Later that evening Clare and I had a lovely long walk along the beach front I had seen the sun rising earlier that day and now we were watching the sunset. I felt God was reminding me that the events of this day which would change our lives forever were natural changes. Changes that would require adjustment but were still necessary steps in His plan.
At the end I was sitting alone beside Mumís bed listening to her heart beating loudly in the still room. The Silver Chain Nurse said she had a very strong heart. At the time I felt she should be able to just get up and beat this thing, if her heart was so strong.
Gradually in the stillness of the night I realized it was quiet, Mumís heart had stopped. She died peacefully just as she had lived.
Mum never wanted to make a fuss or be the centre of attention.
When I went outside early next day the rubbish man was outside, the postman was posting and cars were travelling on the road taking people to work. Clare said, ĎMum didnít need to worry about being noticed, life is going oní.
A small part of my world changed for ever that day, the face I knew since birth, the hands that tended and nurtured me were now gone.
Charles Dickens wrote, "I think it must be written somewhere that the virtues of the mother shall be visited on the children." I'd like to believe that is true.
Yes Mother, life went on; It has done so for the last ten years and its all good.
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