Reflections On The Journey



Saying Goodbye

Posted on May 2, 2022 at 8:25 AM

I don’t think it’s ever easy to say goodbye to a loved one for the final time, even when you know it will happen soon.


My mother-in-law Vivian passed away last Monday at age 101. She had a heart attack six days prior, and once my husband got her to the hospital, the staff was able to keep her comfortable as her body shut down. I was able to visit with her briefly via video chat, and my sister-in-law and my husband took turns staying with her. We are grateful that several relatives and friends stopped by to see her. Both my husband and his sister were there saying the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary with Vivian when she breathed her last.


Vivian was a kind and caring woman, and she kindly welcomed me as her daughter-in-law. When my own mother passed away thirty years ago, Vivian became my second mother. She offered advice when I asked, and she taught me a lot of things. She crocheted and was an avid card player, and even up to just a month ago was winning many of the card games we played!


We will be celebrating Vivian’s life this coming Saturday with a mass and luncheon at her hometown church. It’s actually been a joy for me to be involved in the preparations for her service, and I just hope I won’t cry too much when I sing “Ave Maria.” We know many friends and relatives will not be able to be with us in person, but we have been blessed by the many thoughts and prayers that have been sent our way.


Whenever you are faced with the challenge of saying goodbye to a loved one, I pray that you will find some joy or blessing in the situation. Remember them for all the good they brought to your life and happily celebrate their new life with God.


Have a blessed Monday!


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