|My beautiful mother-in-love, Alice and I in the early 90s|
My husband was so very sad that he lost his beloved mother. My sons were broken up that they lost their grandma. She was so wonderful to all of us. It really is hard to lose someone so special.
On top of all the sadness and stress, the planning and preparations, the guests staying in our home, preparing meals for company, Jim's electricity going out for 24 hours and the news of Jim's Alzheimer's, we hosted a big party for 60 people in our home. I thought I might lose it, but God truly sustained me! He gave me strength. I also did learn to let go and it all fell into place. My boss was so understanding and my company gave me four paid days off for bereavement. My loved ones stepped up to help, my sweet sister, Kathi, even did all of the dishes for me during the party. It just all came together perfectly. The party ended up being so special with so many family members and friends there. I think it really helped my father-in-law.
"For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord." I Thessalonians 4:16-18