Temporary Farewell to My Mother

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Chincoteague Sunset

Just wanted to update everyone on myself and my family. We are all doing better, We had a Memorial service for my Mom on the Sunday after she went to be with the Lord. Mom chose to be cremated  and her ashes spread over the water at her birthplace in Chincoteague, Virginia. We honored her wishes on Saturday, Oct 8, 2011. Our small family (Me and my wife, Mom’s sister, my cousin and her husband) gathered on a neighbors dock and waited for the sun to just get above the horizon, my cousin’s husband played some hymns on his guitar and we each took turns spreading her ashes on the water, when we were done the sun had set and we continued to sit there on the dock for a little while to talk and remember Mom. It was a beautiful scene and eventhough I did not think to bring my camera, I did find this picture of a Chincoteague sunset which looks exactly like it did on saturday. 

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Eowyn and everyone at FOTM, bloggers, posters and readers alike for your prayers and kind words you have expressed to me and my family. They have been a comfort in a time of sadness but I know she is in heaven along with my Dad since they had both been saved late in life. She was a breast cancer survivor as well as surviving cervical cancer. She was short in stature but strong in determination to live life as full as she could. In the twilight of her life, Alzheimer’s confined her to either a bed or a wheelchair and made her dependent on others to do even the simplest tasks for her. It pained me when my wife and I could no longer give her the care she needed in our home, where she lived with us from 2003-2010.
We will miss her greatly, but the knowledge that she is with Jesus and we will be reunited again puts a smile on our faces and a warmth in our hearts.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
When we’ve been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

Tom in NC

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0 responses to “Temporary Farewell to My Mother

  1. Tom, my tears and prayers are with you….

  2. Condolences.

  3. You remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Mike, again I would like to express my sympathy. I know the loss you are experiencing. I lost my mother on 6/23/11. She finally gave into Lewy Body Dementia. My mother was a Christian since she was 17, she died at 91. When I looked upon her face, laying in her coffin, the first thing I noticed was the smile on her face. Jesus sent a special angel to take her home while she slept. There is no greater joy than to know that my mother is with daddy and they are safe in the arms of Jesus. The only consolation I have is knowing as you do about your mother, there will be no more pain or confusion, only peace and joy beyond those gates of glory. They would never want to come back to us, but surely through the blood and suffering of Christ we can go to them. Be blessed Mike that your mother found the Lord. What a wonderful day that will be when we all have that big old reunion in the sky.

  5. Please accept my deepest sympathy at your loss. Chincoteague is an hour away but the northern portion of Assateague in Maryland is very close to where I live. W e are so very fortunate to live in such a beautiful environment. If Earth is this beautiful can you imagine how magnificent our glorious heaven will be?

  6. my condolences for the loss of your mother may you meet again when you enter into heaven…

  7. May His peace and comfort be with you and yours, Tom… Praise God she is with Him in Glory awaiting the day when we all, will at last get to lay our eyes on, and behold Him, and one another for all eternity! ~peace~
    What Peace it Brings to Know She is There…
    Awaiting the Day of Glory to Share;
    Christ Opened His Arms and Welcomed her In…
    Eternal Joy Forever in Heaven… Amen

  8. thankyou for sharing Tom,have been wondering.

  9. I’m sorry for your loss, and warmed by your faith, knowing that you embrace the comfort that she is dancing with Jesus.

  10. Was sad to read about the loss of your mother, Tom. I lost mine five years ago and I remember how much it hurt to let her go. But of course, even though we always miss them; it is still so comforting to know they are in Heaven, and no longer in pain, and that we will be reunited with our loved ones again one day.
    The ceremony for you mother sounded so beautiful, and I think it was so very nice that you honored her request. Thanks for sharing the beautiful picture, as well. Take good care, and God Bless.

  11. I just do not have the words, as I have yet to lose a parent.
    But I am getting close.
    Prayers, Tom.

  12. Doctor, thank you for correcting my mistake. I apologize Tom for calling you Mike. The thought remains the same. Be Blessed y’all.

    • Not a problem, I knew who you meant. I’ve done it myself a few times before. Thank you for your kind words, you be Blessed as well

  13. I am so sorry for your loss :-(. What a beautiful memorial! My husband and I were married that very day at sunset on the beach. ♡


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