Thursday, July 17, 2008

Memorial for Mom

Thank you for all of the kind thoughts sent my way in the last week. My mother suffered a massive stroke, spent a week in ICO, a week in hospice, and, ultimately, made her final transition on July 7th.

Preparing for her memorial service was quite difficult, but I took comfort in a New Testament quote where Jesus talks about preparing mansions for us. It lead me to reflect on the mansions of my mother's life, and I'd like to share those with you.

My mother was a child of the Depression, raised with two sisters by an aunt and uncle, after the death of her parents. Her next mansion was being a young woman in the turbulent Word War II 1940s. My mother was a working woman of the 1950s and met my father through her work. They were married in 1958 and celebrated fifty years together.

My mother's mansions moved to motherhood and more work in the 1960s and 1970s. She retired in the 1990s to a wonderful retirement community in Arizona where she was active in her church and had many friends and interests. At the turn of the century, her mansions expanded with the birth of my daughter, SurferGirl, who was a beloved only grandchild.

As I spoke about my mom at the service, I came to a realization. She is not lost because to be lost means we cannot find her. I do know where to find her and that is in my heart, mind, and memory.

We ended the service with a prayer for my mom. So here's to my mom and Godspeed on this next journey of life:

The light of God surrounds you,
The love of God enfolds you,
The power of God protects you,
And the presence of God watches over you;
Wherever you are, God is. And all is well.


Iman Jordan said...

While I don't know you - in this past year I lost my mom and then my dad a few months later.

I understand what you are going through and just wanted to offer some support during this incredibly difficult time.

Please be gentle with yourself.

Marg said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time Bookgal.

Presbyterian Gal said...

That is a beautiful prayer!

Thanks for sharing about your mom.

Natasha @ Maw Books said...

I'm behind on my blog reading so now just hearing of this. My best wishes to your family.

bookinhand said...

What a beautiful memorial.
Thanks for sharing.

John Mutford said...

I haven't checked the blogging circuit much lately, so I'm sorry I didn't see this until now. I'm also sorry for your loss, but am glad you have a healthy attitide about it.

BookGal said...

Thank you all for your kind words. There are good days and bad days, but it is noce to know that she lives on in my heart and memory.