Goodbye Bernice


You loved without expectation. You gave without thought of return. Matriarch. Mother. Grandmother. Great-grandmother. Woman of compassion. Woman of strength. Child of God.

My wife called me just after I got to work this morning. She said simply, “I hear the angels singing.” She needed to say nothing more. I knew the song was a welcome for her grandmother.

For the last few days, her failing heart had deprived her brain of oxygen and cause a mild delirium. This tiny, 92 year old woman was calling for her mother like a child in pain. Her mother heard her child’s cries and came for her about 9am this morning. Peacefully showing her the way home to her true Father.

The tears begin, but thankfully, the song remains.

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  1. I’m sorry to hear of her passing and your tribute to her is heartfelt and beautiful. She must have been quite the woman and thankfully you have the memories to carry with her until you’re reunited. What’s also a comfort, as believers, is knowing that God sends his Angels to escort us at death – it must be something to know she is enjoying reunions with loved ones and is seeing the face of God.

  2. Thank you for your thoughts, Donna. I just got back from the funeral a few hours ago. Needless to say, it was quite a draining experience. I will take a while to get over the loss of the family matriarch.

  3. I’m sure it was draining. It’s always hardest for us as we’re the ones left behind…Thankfully it’s not forever, just a little while.

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