If you can imagine your life as seasons, we find that humanity as a whole share the same emotions and instincts in passing through experiences. We all know what it is like to feel fear, hunger, thirst, pain and sorrow - to name a few. On the flip side, we also know what it is like to feel love, fullness, happiness, contentment - to name a few.
We feel the excitement, delight and wonder of new birth, when a baby exits the womb and enters into a lifetime of future experiences. This event brings about a preparation, physically and externally in the beginning of their cycle of life. So too, does a preparation begin for the end of life, in particular, my mother-in-law Doris....
I have written about her in previous posts and have introduced Doris to you as a Rosie the Riveter, who has been a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandma and her own person. She has been known as an avid horsewoman, a talented artist and skilled photographer for her own enjoyment. She liked the outdoors and was a good shot with a rifle and has killed quite a few deer in her lifetime for meat. Doris celebrated her 93rd birthday in February. I felt at that time, it would be the last birthday we'd have with her. Doris has been in hospice care for a month now. I have watched the tender attention that she has received from her caregivers at Valley View and her hospice team. It has been a great comfort to see the preparation done for her as she exits this world and enters into the glory of heaven. Her body has been treated with dignity making sure that she is clean and comfortable. There has been a cuddly teddy bear by her side along with mouth swabs, lip balm and comfort blankets. There has been a pain patch and morphine to eliminate any discomfort or suffering. There have been spiritual words and prayers spoken to her and permission given to leave her weary body.
We have watched Doris this past week as she crossed the finish line into eternity. She has completed her cycle of life at the rich age of 93. I am blessed to have known her, not only as a mother-in-law but as a friend. She did the best she could with the knowledge she had in her experience of life, something most of us could say in our own personal journeys. I share these photos with you of Doris as a girl who grew into a lovely woman who was still beautiful in the winter of her life.
February 27, 1922 - May 24, 2015
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease,