On Monday morning, August 14, at 8:04 am, our beloved Gracie (96) was finally released from her body and stepped into the arms of her savior. Because she had already been admitted to a home hospice program due to numerous delayed effects of her February stroke, she was able to pass peacefully in her own bed surrounded by her loved ones. She had made it clear to us and her doctor that she never wanted to go back to a hospital!
As you can imagine, we are sad, relieved, and rejoicing for her.
The previous Monday (August 7) had been a great day for her. Her companion care-giver took her shopping at Macy’s where she bought a new outfit. In the afternoon we met friends at a local DQ to honor my dad on his birthday. She ate a big dinner and was so happy about the day. I snapped this picture, not knowing of course, that it would be the last picture I would take.
During the night she had a stroke. She lingered unconscious (and pain-free) for another 6 days as we kept vigil and friends stopped in to say thanks and goodbye. In addition to the amazing hospice nurses, we were assisted by 2 wonderful women who had been caregivers for Gracie since April. Being trained in hospice care, they knew what to do and helped us understand what was going on. They rotated staying with Gracie every night so that my sister, niece, and I could sleep. We could not have made it through the week without them, and have now adopted them into our extended family.
Gracie was larger than life and will be missed by many. But now she gets to sit at the feet of Jesus, with Sam by her side, and worship for eternity.
And I will always cherish this last photo.
Thanks so much for the outpouring of love and prayers this past week. We are truly blessed.
There will be a Memorial Service / Hymn Sing on Saturday, August 26. Here are the details:
Date: Saturday, August 26
Location: The North Church | 5151 Program Avenue | Mounds View, MN | 55112
Visitation: 5:30 pm (U.S. Central Daylight Time)
Service: 6:30 pm (U.S. Central Daylight Time)
cake and coffee/punch will be served following the service.
If you’re in the area, we’d love to see you.
For those of you not able to attend, the service will be live-streamed at this link: https://thenorthchurch.com/special-event. It will go live 15 minutes prior to the start of the service (5:45 pm U.S. Central Daylight Time).