The Final Ride Home

Last summer, when I left Chicago to fly home, I was transported to the airport in style. My brother is a chauffeur and riding in the back of his black limousine made me feel rich! I think every woman should have this experience at least once in her life! It is no wonder that shortly after my limo ride, I dreamt about my mother being driven to her final destination in a black limousine with a driver like my brother fully suited, gloves and all. In my dream, I stuck my head in the window of the back seat and asked her if she had all her papers in order. “Yes,” she replied. I could see her ticket, but I wondered if she had her identification since she does not own a drivers license. “Don’t worry,” she said. “I have my I.D. right here!” This dream was prophetic. Last summer I told my siblings that the Lord was taking our Mom home and that all the final spiritual preparation was in place. At 96, she was ready. They kept telling me she will live to be 100, but in my heart I knew our mother was leaving. It was no surprise to me that Mom was hospitalized with congestive heart failure just before Christmas. I found it interesting that the doctors released her and my brother was called to chauffeur her to a nursing home! This strong-willed woman hung on in that nursing home for two weeks until each one of her children could get there to hold her in our arms, kiss her and tell her how much we loved her and in return hear her endearing comments back to us.

This morning at 1:30 a.m. my brother called me and told me our Mom passed away gently in her sleep just as I prayed and hoped would happen. No more suffering.

Thank you, dear friends, for those wonderful prayers you sent our way. Everything fell in place for us last week. God’s hand was guiding us as we gathered for family meetings and made decisions. His peace and love cuddled us like children under a warm blanket. Special hugs from our family to you for those beautiful cards and sentiments you wrote. I sat by Mom’s side daily reading every one of them to her with our family all around us. She loved hearing your affectionate words and knowing she was prayed for because prayer is all she wanted in her last days. She smiled when she saw the cards with dogs on the front or when we read her notes from your children!

I am weepy today, but thankful to our God who allowed me to witness my mother’s last days and her final words expressing to us that she could see our grandma and our Aunty Bea, her best friend and sister. She spoke out loud to the angels as they ushered her to her final home and eternal destiny. Her earthly journey is over. The page has turned.


  1. My heart aches for you. I lost my dear mother almost 10 years ago and miss her every day. But I am glad for the comfort you have knowing her suffering is no more.

  2. sorry for you loss of you Mom.but know this she is home with our lord.

  3. I know you must be conflicted in your emotions...on one hand you are so sad and on the other so thankful that she is with the Lord and that her suffering is over....

    My heart goes out to you as you heal and I pray God will hold you close and comfort you and your family....

  4. Oh Mary, as I was reading closer and closer to your conclusion, I found myself shaking my head, "no!, no!"
    Yet, when I stop just a moment, I realize you were ALL so blessed to have her final days play out as they did; that she's at peace. And in the end, isn't that the greatest gift of all.
    You're in my prayers, dear friend.

  5. Oh Mary, Im sending love & warm hugs your way right now.
    What a beautiful testimony of the love your Mom and her Lord have for one another!
    And that prophetic dream!
    God is so good and that He so lovingly prepared you for this day.
    Love to you sweet friend xoxoxo

    Much love,
    Deborah xoxoxooxox

  6. Oh Mary, I'm so sorry for your loss. And yet how perfect this was that you were there with her at this time. So glad that you know she is in heaven and so you will get to see her again. I'm so glad you were able to read her the cards and know that she and you were being prayed for.

    Love you friend,

  7. I'm weepy right alongside of you Mary. Bless her sweet heart. I know she is perfect and full of joy today, and I hope she and my mom meet soon! :)

    The crowd of our dear ones up there is growing.

    Big hugs to you today and sweet comfort and peace from the very One she now abides with.


  8. Oh, Dear, that is such a sweet post about your Mother. I'm praying for you all. Hugs ~

  9. Dear Mary,
    I'm sorry that I didn't see the last post about your mother until now, and so sorry for your loss. I am thankful that you (and all her children) were able to be there for her final days. And now she is with our Father in Heaven. Warm hugs for you, and prayers of comfort for you and your family. ♥

  10. Your loss, is definitely heavens gain. I love you.

  11. This makes me weepy as I read it my friend. I don't think one can ever prepare themselves fully for this day.
    But what a blessing the Lord gave you all by being able to say goodbye and knowing where she is right now is such a comfort.
    I'll be praying for peace and comfort over you today.

  12. Our moms now live in the same place! When they meet, and I'm sure they will, I wonder what they will say about us? :) I love you Mary! And I know the personal pain mixed with the joy of knowing that Christ welcomed her with open arms. I know.

    Peace be with you, as it is now with her. May the love of God himself be felt by you in the days ahead - filled with your treasured memories.

  13. Sweet Friend,

    My words have been so very few of late due to circumstances here, but I want you to know how very sorry I am for the loss of your precious mother. I know how this deeply makes one's heart ache.

    In the same breath, He had everything orchestrated didn't He? How wonderful that all of you got to spend that special time with your mom...that is something you will cherish in your hearts forever.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you sweet Mary, they always are despite my absence on the computer. May the Lord continue to cover you and your family with His amazing grace, peace, comfort and joy amidst this time.

    Loving you from afar...

  14. I am so sorry for your loss. Your post made me weepy, and yet you made me smile too. :) How nice that you got to be there with her enjoying each other those last few days. I hope that you will find all of the comfort you need.
    I am so glad your mom was able to read the letters.

  15. I'm so sorry for your loss. My husband's mother, also 96, passed away right before Christmas. It's hard no matter what age they are but also joyous for knowing they are with Jesus now.

  16. Mary, I haven't been around blogland much these past few weeks, but I am glad I dropped by here today.

    Sending your way a heartfelt message of comfort and peace as you go through your season of grief.

    May your word for 2012 comfort you through the months that you will be feeling the physical loss of a mother's love.

    Much love

  17. So glad your mother is safely home. I am glad the cards we sent were a blessing.

    Now you need to rest awhile and take care of yourself a bit.
    blessings to you - Marsha

  18. Oh Mary. I am crying - earthly grieving tears for you and your family, tears of joy for your dear mom. What a blessing that your family all got to be with her at the end. And how it makes me happy to know that she passed peacefully.

    I am so pleased that I was able to be part of her last days on this earth by sending her a card - and I hope that in some small way I gave her joy.

    How exciting that she saw your grandma and Aunty Bea - I found that thrilling! Oh, what a chorus those angels must have been singing! Beloved Sophie was coming home!!


  19. I'm so sorry about your mother's passing, Mary. I know it's a relief that her suffering has ended; and even a blessing that you had time to spend with her in recent days. Still ... we need our moms.

    My own mother died similarly. I was out-of-town when she had her stroke, and until I could get to the hospital some 24 hours later, she lingered, and was actually alert. But once she had all four of her girls right where she could seem them, she took her leave.

    I rejoice with you in knowing we'll see them again. For now, we endure the season of loss in their absence.

    May His comforts cover you.


  20. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mothers are so you must miss her presence. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  21. So sorry for your loss...

    It must be wonderful to know your mom had "all her papers in order". I am still praying for my mom's salvation. She will be 81 this June.

    Blessings to you and your family.

    Sharon ♥

  22. I am sorry for your loss, my prayer is that the Lord will provide you sweet comfort as you walk through this time

  23. Oh friend. I didn't know. I just happened to come by here for the first time in ages. I am sorry for your loss, but I love the way God prepares us through dreams. I too know that my Mom's time won't be long. I have had two dreams.

    Praise God you KNOW that she is was ready. And wow, 96 -- what a long gift of life.

    I pray you will feel peace and comfort. <3


  24. I didn't have a dream when it was time for my mother to leave us for the Lord. But, I did have that knowing in the deep places in my heart. She also had her papers in order so to speak and was longing for those heavenly gates. My mom was only around 60 years old but it was time for her. We always miss our moms but oh the joy to know we shall see them again. My heart and thoughs are with you.

  25. I can so sympathize with your in the loss of your mom. Mine passed away in a nursing home about 12 years ago at the age of 86. I still miss her. How wonderful it is to know we will be reunited with them one day and never be separated again. Wow, what a wonderful promise.


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