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!
I AM FREE
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.