Monday, March 24, 2008

Goodbye My Friend

Fran passed away this afternoon at 4:45. It was a very easy, peaceful journey for her. This morning I told her I wanted to see her blue eyes for my birthday present and she opened them right up and looked at me. She stayed awake most of the day. She was tired and dehydrated to talk but she kept her eyes on us and would try to talk. Her daughter, granddaughters, William and I had a wonderful day talking with her. Her family gave me the greatest gift. They let me sit, hold her hand and talk her through the end of her earthly journey. I got to look into my friends eyes and tell her of the wonderful place waiting for her, the family, friends waiting to see her. I was blessed to hold her hand till the angels took her on her heavenly journey. There was no pain, no fear, no rattled breathing. She kept looking into my eyes as her heart started to slowly stop. Her breathing was easy and soft till she took that last breath. God called a very special lady home and I now have a very special angel watching over me.
Her family gave me the scrapbook I made for her with all the cards from all of you. There is a stack of cards that didn't get opened this week but I will add those to her book. Thank you so much for the cards, prayers and thoughts for Fran. You made her last months very special. She kept repeating how she loved the cards but that each of you had to be the sweetest, most special people to write such wonderful things to her. Thank you for the birthday wishes. I really appreciate each one and I got the best gift of all when Fran got to go home to be with her momma.

31 comments:

City Mouse said...

It is so wonderful to know that Ms. Fran's last hours were spent happily, and that her journey was well tended. What a wonderful week she must have had. You're so wonderful - so great to see to it that Fran's last days were filled with happiness.

Lynn Bartlett said...

What a special blessing you were to Ms. Fran, and especially to her family. You took such good care of her. I'm sure you will miss your special friend, but you certainly have some wonderful memories of your times together.

Journaling Through Life said...

I've been checking in a couple of times a day to see if you've updated about Ms. Fran....it's bittersweet...I'm sorry for her passing and for her family's and your grief but also she's gone on to meet the Lord and see all her loved ones once again and I can't help but be happy for her for that part.Remembering you and her family,Sherri

The Feathered Nest said...

I know she must have loved you being there, being there as she left on her journey home to Heaven. I love your blog and I just wanted to tell you....Happy Birthday sweetie, wishing you many many more! xxoo, Dawn

Cathy said...

Thank you Peggy

Cathy

Hope said...

Hi Peggy,
I think S said what I'm feeling about Ms. Fran...BITTERSWEET... I think it was a special privilege for you to be by her side. Thank you for allowing your blog friends to get to know her. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love,
Hope

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

In the end, your gift to each other was the fullness of the last moments together.

May we all hope in our time to die with such Grace and dignity in the loving hands of friends and family.

You will cherish this day and experience for the rest of your life.

Rosa said...

As you said, you now have a very special angel watching over you and your flock. I am so happy to hear she went peacefully with you by her side. PTL. xo

tlawwife said...

What a blessing for you both. God bless you for your love and care, both you and William.

Marci said...

Oh Peggy, I prayed she would go gentle and sweet. I am so glad you were able to be there. She loved you and I know you loved her and will miss her. I am praying for you and her family.

PEA said...

Sending you big hugs, sis. It's almost bittersweet that Fran would pass away on your birthday...bless you for being there for her until the very end. She is indeed an angel watching over you now. Happy Birthday, sis, been thinking of you all day. xoxo

Nancy said...

Happy Birthday, and you do have a blessing and a blessed gift for comfort. Thank you for helping your friend go into the next part of her life unafraid, and may you live the rest of this part of your life unafraid as well.

meggie said...

Bless you Peggy. And I am sure Fran is happy.

Anonymous said...

Dear Peggy
Thank you for the opportunity to let us get to know such a lovely and special lady. I will miss sending her cards but I am glad she is at peace. You too are a special lady and a true blessing. My thoughts are with you and Ms. Fran's family. Donna

Kristie said...

Bittersweet sums it up perfectly. There isn't anything I can add on this.

And to you my friend, Happy Birthday, Peggy.

Jeanette said...

Hi Peggy, A sweet Lady resting with the Angels.


Happy Birthday Peggy

Flip Flop Floozie said...

When I saw that you had blogged this morning I thought, OH NO!! yes I was right..Ms. Fran is now in heaven. What a wonderful opportunity that you had to be able to be there to see her go right into Heaven!! I am crying for you now knowing that you are going to miss that sweet lady!! It is appropriate that she passed on your birthday!! I had a birthday post for you yesterday but knew that you were with Ms. Fran. You will always remember this for sure now. Take care and know that we are all thinking of you at this time. My sympathy to you!! Sandy

Lady Laurie said...

Sending you hugs Peggy, it is such a blessing that you were with her ~ I know this birthday was a sad one, take comfort in knowing she is with the angels now.
Love to you...

Mrs.Garcia said...

I will be praying for you and for your family and for Ms Fran's Family during this time of the loss of your Beloved Friend Ms Fran. Happy Belated Birthday.
God Bless,
Mrs.Garcia

Annie said...

I Prayed every night that her passing would be easy and Im glad to read that God answered that prayer, My condolances to you and Ms. Frans family, she was a special lady who meant alot to the world around her and she will not be forgotten. Peggy, you were her angel on earth and now she is your gaurdian angel in heaven.

Annie

Nen said...

thank you for sharing this with us... Ms. Fran and her family were very lucky to have you! It's so enlightening to hear you praise her passing as a blessing!

Mary said...

Peggy,

My sincere sympathies on Fran's passing. She was a sweet woman and I know you will miss her.

How beautiful that you were able to help her pass on to Glory and I'm glad her passing was easy. She is home with God now and He and the angels are rejoicing.

A belated birthday wish to you, my friend.

Love and blessings,
Mary

amelia said...

You truly are a wonderful lady. I really can't add anything that hasn't already been said.

Bless you.

judypatooote said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Fran. How wonderful to have such a special friend.....HAPPY BIRTHDAY PEGGY...... judy

peppylady said...

Your a blessing Peggy and I'm so glad that Ms. Fran passing was at easy.

Ginny said...

So sorry to hear of Ms Fran. Our prayers with you and her family.

Ginny said...

So sorry to hear of Ms Fran. Our prayers with you and her family.

Ginny said...

So sorry to hear of Ms Fran. Our prayers with you and her family.

Donna said...

What a blessing you've been to Fran and her family during this difficult time. I've greatly admired how you have cared for your friend Fran. God will surely bless you for how you've cared for her. I'll be praying for your comfort during this sad time.

Jo said...

Dearest Peggy, I am so sorry for your loss. As I read your post the tears flowed. Although we both know that Miss Fran is n a better place now, I know that there is still the pain of the loss. I know she couldn't have asked for a more devoted frined and neighbor than what she had in you and William.

May God bless you both.

Brenda said...

God bless you! Your are one special lady.Very few left out there. It is such an amazing feeling to feel and see the peace when Jesus comes to get them and that old body is nothing more. I had that honor once with a client and even though it hurts to let go the love and peace is so great. God will bless you. You made Ms. Fran a happy lady!