my mom

I had written a post about my mom Carol for September 30th, saying that we were going to have to begin hospice care for her, but before I could post it my dad phoned and said that he had called 911, that she was having a bad morning. When we got to the hospital they were not able to stabilize her breathing. We dimmed the lights and they initiated comfort care right there in the emergency room. She passed away peacefully hours later with my sister, my dad, and me by her side. We are saddened yet relieved that she is no longer suffering. We were also blessed with a hospital staff that was kind, caring and respectful. It was heartbreaking, powerful, beautiful…I think we felt just about every emotion possible that afternoon. I made a memorial website for my mom. We have a busy weekend of family bonding ahead of us so I don’t know when I’ll be back to blogging:)

Time is not what you think. Dying? Not the end of everything. We think it is. But what happens on earth is only the beginning. ~Mitch Albom

17 thoughts on “my mom

  1. The memorial blog is wonderful. What a beautiful woman your mother was…

    I’m sorry to hear about her passing, and I’m glad you are going to be spending time surrounded by your family and loved ones.

    Much love,

  2. You and your family are in my thougths – when I was a teen my own mother took ill and was in intensive care for 30 days before she passed so I understand that feeling of relief laced into the sorrow.

    Something I heard after my son died really stayed with me. The speaker talked about how the stars are always in the sky we just can’t see them in the daytime because of the light from the sun. He went on to say that our loved ones are still there we just can’t see them because now they are in the light of The Son.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and with you and your family. Your mother sounds like she was a wonderful lady and clearly that has passed on to you and your children.

  4. I am sorry for you profound loss. Words can give no comfort, but I hope you and your family find peace in all the memories you have.

  5. The memorial website that you made for your family in memory of your mom is amazing and so full of lovely images. I couldn’t really think of anything to say over the past few days. I just hope that you are comforted among your loved ones. Peace.

  6. I am so, so sorry for your loss. Hard to find the right words…just sending a hug and prayers for you and your family.

  7. The memorial website is a beautiful tribute to your mother and the full life she led.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Wishing you and your family comfort, warmth, and peace.

  8. I’m sorry to hear about your Mom. What a lovely photo of her. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. so sorry bookbabie, from her memorial it is obvious that she created the warm loving family that she wanted and so her legacy lives on and her spirit is in all of you.
    love and hugs

  10. Bookbabie, I am so sorry! I know it is a relief that she is no longer suffering but I am sure you miss her so! Now the post above makes even more sense and I do love it so. Peace be with you.

  11. When I saw your Mom’s photo I said to myself what a very beautiful lady. I am so sorry for your loss. My Mom passed 15 years ago and I know there are no words that can ease this loss you feel, but my thoughts and prayers are with you and all who loved her.

  12. She’s beautiful, Bookbaby.
    I have tears (even though we know, we know there is more, its hard to allow that door to open; hard to let go). Thanks. Sweet peace and bouyancy to your heart!

  13. The loss of ‘mother’, the very concept, is apt to leave us lost and chilled. Age and infirmity or dementia make no difference in the feeling of loss. Wether our knee or our heart is bruised, mother can always be relied on. She herself is at peace now, it is you and your family who mourn her absence. I hope you find strength and comfort in each other.

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