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#441: A Vision of Mom

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

This date, December 21st, is when Mom died several years ago. It had been a long struggle with her in the hospital most of the last half of 2004 when the three hurricanes hit Florida knocking out power for more than a week. It seemed a blessing she was in the hospital then because she had electricity and meals and people to look after her during the storms when I, my brother and sister were all on duty in our jobs in law enforcement, firefighting and corrections.

After work I'd stop by home long enough to clean up and change clothes before heading to the hospital. Toward the end we took turns spending the nights there which made for long shifts the next day. But she was our mother and our inconvenience and fatigue was a small price to pay for all she had done for us.

At 1:15 the morning of the 21st she succumbed to pneumonia and leukemia and left us.

Two years later I took my niece for a procedure at an outpatient medical office. When she was ready to go home I had to go through a hallway door then through another one to the recovery room.

Several weeks after that I had a vision of Mom standing in the hallway after I opened the first door. She wore the brightest, happiest smile I have ever seen. There was a peace about her that had not been present while she lived. At first I believed it had been a dream but over time I became convinced she had come back to let us know not to be sad, that she truly was in her home in heaven and that knowledge filled her face with a joy that is difficult to describe.

We like to say about people who have passed on that at least they have no more pain and no more worries.

After that vision, I became more convinced there is a place waiting for us where there is no pain and no worries, a place where the exquisite joy and peace offered by our Creator awaits us.

RIP Mom. Miss you and love you.


Mary -- 1925-2004
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  • no profile photo YW84FRIDAY
    I lost my mom and dad (both in the time span of 3 months) in 1997. I was holding my mom's hand when she died, but my dad died unexpectedly by himself. That has always bothered me. I know, though, that they are both at home now and happy.

    Thanks for sharing. emoticon
    3705 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5178852
    I had a similar experience after a sister in law passed. She came back in the room where we were all gathered and asked why we were all surprised. It sounds goofy now, but it was comforting at the time.
    3712 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    What a beautiful experience!
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    3716 days ago
  • GERMANPICKLE
    I had a very similar experience after my aunt and my grandfather died. Bless your family.
    3717 days ago
  • WALKINGSPARK
    Your mom looks really nice!! God Bless You.

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    3720 days ago
  • THEADMIRAL
    That was beautiful, Lou! Your mom had a lovely, peaceful smile!
    My mom died young at 61, over 25 years ago. I still miss her, but I've gotten used to Christmas without her. My sweetheart, on the other hand, lost his mom last year at the age of 100. We're still figuring out how to celebrate Christmas without her.
    3720 days ago
  • EDWINA172
    What an awesome gift that vision of your momma was! Merry Christmas. Thanks for sharing.
    3721 days ago
  • DAISYBELL6
    What a lovely story. My Mom died Dec 3, 2004 and shortly after I had a dream about her standing in the front doorway to our house smiling and happy, so I know just how wonderful your vision made you feel.

    Thank you for sharing.
    3721 days ago
  • DAWNWATERWOMAN
    I'm sorry for your loss & obvious grief. So glad that you have your beliefs & that you've been blessed with a vision. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Dawn emoticon
    3721 days ago
  • HIKETOHEIGHTS
    So sorry Lou. I honestly can't imagine how you feel. I do know it is hard from watching others & I believe it is a loss one cannot begin to imagine. Thinking of you on this rainy cali day.

    -:¦:- Hugs-:¦:- Victoria
    -:¦:- ((¸¸.•´*♥.•*¨-:¦:-. ;.•.♥ -:¦:-

    3721 days ago
  • HAPPYWRITER7
    My mom wouldve turned 64 tomorrow. I miss her everyday. Thanks so much for sharing Lou :)
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    3722 days ago
  • BUSSMOM
    Lou,

    Thanks for sharing your story about your mom. It really touched my heart. Moms are so special and unique! My mom went to be with Jesus during Holy Week. I praise God for these special gifts they give us called Mom and Dad.

    I hope you have a blessed Christmas!
    3722 days ago
  • SPARKIE1964
    Your mom's gift to us is YOU!
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    3722 days ago
  • ANNABELLE1957
    thank you for sharing it does help to see all the love and support from sp , your mom surely is alive in your heart always 4 ever, and is at peace now, what a great assurance for you to know, emoticon
    3722 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Awe, what a sweet tribute to your mom at this Holiday Season!

    She was a special woman, I can tell.

    I know for SURE there is a place in Heaven and I'm ready when He Is.

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    3722 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    Lou, I'm positive your mother must have been a jewel! She raised one! Thank you for sharing that vision of her with us! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3722 days ago
  • IAMWINNING
    emoticon emoticon Hugs, Lou, along with my thanks for sharing this about your Mom. Blessings on you, your brother and sister.
    Nancy
    3722 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6035648
    I understand completely.. My mom is gone only 2 years, and it seems like yesterday. I miss her terribly too. I am glad you have peace, knowing she is happy with our Lord in heaven.. With my dad in the hospital now, it brings back so many memories of my mom being ill with cancer and not being able to do a thing about it, other than trusting God and knowing that He had her in His hands the whole time, just like He has my dad..
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    3722 days ago
  • PUDLECRAZY
    A lovely blog... how wonderful to have such a clear vision of you Mom, looking happy and at peace. Such a gift she gave you. I think we lost our moms right around the same time, my mother died on Dec. 4th a few years ago. It is hard to lose a parent and holidays where they were such integral parts bring about special memories, but also the desire to be able to pick up the phone and get a chance to at least chat.

    I have been thinking about you and the loss of your mother on Dec. 21 since you commented on my blog about missing my mom.

    Doesn't matter whether in a dream or a waking state, the visits we get with our deceased loved ones have meaning and purpose.

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    Chris
    3722 days ago
  • SPARKLOVE
    emoticon For sharing. emoticon Peace Be With You! Joy
    3722 days ago
  • JUSTLYLE
    What a great story, sure glad you shared it with your Spark friends.
    Peace be with you at this special time of the year.

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    3722 days ago
  • -PAULA
    That is a beautiful story that touched my heart. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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    3722 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    Oh, Lou. *huggggggggs* I owe this dear woman a debt of thanks for bringing you into this world to one day be my treasured friend. I love the vision God gave you and I absolutely believe it was His gift to you to comfort you and give you peace. When we next speak I will have to tell you the story of my cousin Robin, who died at 15 and the vision a little three year old friend of hers had after she passed. Oh, yes, there is joy unspeakable on the other side, and they watch over us, smiling, cheering us on to our own finish lines. That does not, I know, ease the pain of missing them, especially on special anniversaries of birth and death and marriage and on holidays. May your heart be uplifted by the love of family and friends. I'm sending you plenty, plenty to embrace you in warmth.

    Missy
    3722 days ago
  • NANHBH
    Lou,

    {{Hugs}} on this anniversary of your mom's passing into Eternal Life. What a beautiful vision of your mom and assurance that there is Life Everlasting!

    My mom went to her Eternal Reward in Nov of 2004 - and still miss her dearly, too.
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    Nancy
    3722 days ago
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  • no profile photo CD6400103
    thanks for sharing!
    3723 days ago
  • FLGIRL1234
    What a heartwarming story. You can tell your mom was loved very much by you and vice versa. She's looking down so proud of you. Thanks for sharing!

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    3723 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    Thank you so much for sharing your vision with us. It's stories like these that reassure me of the magnificent heaven our loved ones share and the sheer joy and peace they feel. How can we be sad when they are so happy?

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    RIP Mary
    3723 days ago
  • CINDYHOUGHTON
    What a wonderful story, thanks for sharing it. My thoughts are with you.
    3723 days ago
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