Gone Home

Home-for-Christmas-Sermon-Series-IdeaToday Steve was breathing rapidly and noisily and was not responsive. His eyes were open but he did not interact with us. His mom and one of his sisters called to say goodbye. Around 12:30 I played a Josh Wright CD for him and went downstairs to talk to a  girlfriend. At 12:50 I felt that I should go check on him. She and I went up to the bedroom and he had passed away. My first reaction was one of delight and joy that he was finally out of pain and gone Home for Christmas, although I was sorry I wasn’t there at the exact moment of death. Then I was sad, then happy, then sad,… Interestingly, our son Andy in Atlanta was listening to the exact same CD at the same time.

The Hospice nurse came right away and arranged for the mortuary to pick him up, and for the medical supply company to pick up the bed and other supplies. Our grandson Marlo and our son Brad stayed with me the whole time. Along with our daughter Pepper we went to dinner at Steve’s favorite restaurant and reminisced. It was fun and touching and bonding and Steve would have loved that we did that.

We wrote the obituary and scheduled the funeral for next Tuesday. It will be nice to honor him and celebrate his life. A new chapter begins for all of us.

16 thoughts on “Gone Home

  1. Glenda, we will miss having Steve in our lives! You are such an inspiration to us for all of your love and devotion to him and to the Lord. You and your family are in our thoughts and our continued prayers. May you continue to feel the blessings and peace that only our Savior can give.
    We love you.
    Larry and Darla

  2. Thank you for your diligent update and heartwarming insights along this sacred and difficult journey. We love you and will continue to pray for you.

  3. Mixed blessings at Christmas. Steve has transitioned and is out of pain

    You are surrounded by family and friends who send you love.

    Blessings in abundance

    Sonja

  4. Here is wishing Steve a wonderous journey, and sleep, hugs and good company for all of you. Thank you for reminding us all of how to do this with grace, humor and heart. You have all been a gift for me these many months.

    In gratitude,
    Wendy

  5. I love you and I am sorry I was not there to see him but I did talk to him a couple months ago. I cried and cried until I couldn’t anymore. Peace and love to you all. I miss you.

  6. Glenda,
    You and your family are an inspiration for what you have done for Steve and for each other during his illness. Blessings to all of you.

  7. Dear Glenda,

    I stumbled upon your blog a few months ago and read all of your posts from the time of your operation and recovery – then Steve’s diagnosis and journey through the end of his life. You are a very brave person and your faith is remarkable.

    I wish you well and I’m very sorry that you lost your husband.

    Mark

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