Friday, June 6, 2008

Home Sweet Home

I have been on the road and am glad to be home again. There is nothing like sleeping in your own bed. Jim & I left Wedneday when I got home from the Temple and we drove straight down to Salt Lake City. We were trying to get there before my sister, Alice, passed away. The Lord did indeed bless us - we cancelled our proposed stop in Tremonton and went without stopping to the University Hospital. We got to Alice's room in short order and were there for 45 minutes before she died. Her sons had come and with her husband gave her a blessing of release. Shortly after that they turned off all life support. I felt very blessed to be able to be there and hold her hand. It was a profoundly beautiful spiritual experience and the feeling of peace and comfort was very strong - there were lots of tears of course, but the overwhelming feeling was relief for her release from suffering. I will miss her sorely. Tammy Earl, daughter of my brother Ken and his wife LuDeen, has also passed away. Her funeral was today in Moses Lake, WA. Tammy had lap-band surgery not long ago and she ended up with an infection that spread all through her body. She was only 58 and while that may seem old to all of you young marrieds, it really is quite young to be taken. Grandpa and I will be going Monday morning back to Utah for Alice's funeral. Cherish your loved ones while you have them.

4 comments:

Calista said...

Mom told me that Aunt Alice had passed, and I was really sorry to hear that. I know that, expected or not, it doesn't make it easy to say Good-bye. You guys and her family are in our thoughts.

Annette said...

I am so happy you were able to be there. I know that meant a lot to you and made a difference in how you will handle this. I love you very much! We'll see you at the funeral.

Rachel H. said...

I am so glad you were able to make it down there in time to see her. What a difficult time...I hope you are comforted with EXTRA special hugs from heaven...we are thinking of you.

Kathy & Dave Whittle said...

It was truly inspiration for you to be led to the hospital when you were and be there before Aunt Alice died. She was a very special lady. I'll see you soon. Hugs!