Friday, April 9, 2010

Death is not the end!

I thought that hearing no news about my aunt meant good news. Well, last night at 10:00 o'clock, I got a phone call from my father, telling me that my aunt passed away Wednesday night at 10:30. I shouldn't have been shocked, but I think that even though I knew she wasn't going to be around much longer, I was still hopeful. Its hard to think that I just went about my day painting, taking Easter down and just getting Springy! I know that as hard as it is for us right now, I just pray for my uncle and what he is going through.

I remember when my mother died, we all stood there not really knowing what to do next. We ended up all going our separate ways just so we could get out of that hospital. Thinking back on that day, we just got the hell out of there, but we left my father standing there to "Deal". I don't think you realize that when someone dies, there isn't time to grieve right away because of all the details. I think of what my Uncle is going through and how tired he must be. He is 85 and not in the best health himself. I am so thankful for my cousins that are with him now so they can help with arrangements. My aunt had requested to be cremated and then only a mass said in memory of her. I believe she wanted to make it easier on everyone and not have a funeral because of how far away everyone is. I am in Iowa, my sister is in California and my father and rest of my siblings are in Nebraska. She was a pretty selfless wonderful woman.

I am truly thankful for all your prayers during this time. I know my Aunt would not want us mourning her, but celebrating her and her life with us. She is where she is suppose to be right now. She had a very strong faith and is with her maker.

I found this poem, which I think is beautiful!


Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God laid for me
I took His hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day, to laugh,
to love, to work or play.
Tasks undone must stay that way
I've found that peace at the close of the day.

If parting has left a void, then fill it
with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah, yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times,
a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me,
God wants me now, He set me free.



Jenglamgirl said...

I am not sure If I should say I am sorry... So I WILL SAY thank you for posting such a beautiful poem! It is worded just perfect, and Yes' your aunt is at peace. I sure hope your uncle gets lots of help, love and support. Have a good one. Hugs, Jenn

Mandi said...

I'm sorry Megan- I love your outlook on this life and the next. I hope your family feels lots of peace at this hard time.


Stephanie said...

That is a beautiful tribute to someone who seems like an amazing woman. I am so sorry for your loss, and I hope that in the coming difficult days, your memories and love give you all the strength you need.

Home's Where My Heart Is said...

I am so sorry for your loss. God sometimes has different plans for our loved ones than us. Thankfully she had her faith and is in Heaven, pain free.

I continue to pray for you and your family. Losing a loved one is never easy.


Anonymous said...

I am sorry for your loss too and your uncle's. Death is so hard but as our pastor said last week, it may be the end here on earth but the beginning in eternity and that is what I hold on to.


Kate said...

Dear Megan
I am also so very sorry for your loss and that of your family. Please know that I am praying for you wishing you peace and comfort in all of your hearts.

Much love

Manuela@TPOH said...

It's always hard when someone passes even if you are expecting it. Your Aunt sounds like she was a good woman, trying to make it easier for everyone even at the end.


Jennifer Juniper said...

One of my best friends just lost her father and you're right, there was no time to grieve simply because there was so much to be done.

Julie Johnson said...

Jeez Megan, you have me crying! Beautiful poem, and beautiful tribute to your lovely aunt. Take care and hold those memories tight.

Room to Inspire said...

Beautiful poem - beautiful tribute! Chelsea

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Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

What a beautiful poem...that really touched my heart. :) Hoping you are feeling peaceful right now.

Kerry said...

What a very lovely memorial to your aunt. I don't know you, or your family, but that moved me to tears...I guess it's something that we can all relate to and it's never easy is it. Blessings to you and yours.

Pamela said...

Hugs to you during this time...death is difficult even when it is expectant. xo

Vic said...

I had all these things to write but when I got to the poem, tears started rolling. Same poem we laminated with my brothers photo of him in heaven after he passed in a car accident. Never easy-no matter what age! I feel the pain! Know that angels are truly watching and beside your family. I believe it with all my heart:) xoxoxo

pamela said...

I'm so sorry you and your family are going through this but you have walked this road before and it is obvious you recognize the needs of others because of that experience. I lost my dad last year and I think of how that experience changed me. I always wondered how some of my friends knew what to do or say. Now I get it. I look back and think that before my dad's death that my responses to others were simple and shallow. I hope if anything, I have learned to be more sensitive to the needs and feelings of grief in others.
Hugs to you and your family.
Pam in CR

A-M said...

I am so sorry about your Aunt and your Mum. Thank you for reaching out to my friend in your own time of grieving... you are a special person... and your poem is just beautiful. A-M xx

Oliveaux said...

I am so sorry for you loss too...thank you for pointing me in the direction of this poem. The tears are rolling down my checks....The words are so beautiful. I can hear my Mum saying this to me. Although her life was cut terribly short at 57 years of age, her life was beautiful and full....thank you for sharing this with me at such a hard time. Axx

Barntiques said...

Am only hoping that the sun shining has made your days brighter. There are so many passing that it is hard to offer the right words. So, here's to life and what those that have gone on have taught us. Hugs and blessings. kay

the treat girl said...

I am so sorry to hear about your aunt....I went to a funeral last week and they had that VERY same poem....I loved it!!

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