My older sister passed away. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer two months ago. The weeks that followed were stressful and agonizing. Surgery helped a little, but not enough. Her husband and children (and I) took shifts staying with her in the hospital, serving as advocates and meeting her needs.
I was with Laurie a few days before she passed. Thankful for her strong faith in Jesus Christ, I prayed with her and encouraged her to call on the name Jesus, even in her thoughts. “Remember, ‘there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.’ Praise Him and thank Him that He is in control. He knows what you are going through. He is suffering with you. Jesus loves you. Keep your focus on Jesus. His peace will comfort you.”
Later that day her granddaughter, married a year, told her she wanted her grandma to be the first to know they were expecting. That evening, after a nap, Laurie said, “Susan, I’m sorry I won’t be here for the birth of your baby. But I have already seen her—and she’s beautiful.”
The next day Laurie was worse. She was told chemotherapy was no longer an option, she was nearing the end. She then said she wanted to go home to hospice care. She arrived that evening via ambulance. Her husband, children, their spouses and grandchildren were all there. She spoke with each one and then said, “You can all go home now. I want to go to sleep.” Those were her last words. She went to sleep and slipped into a deep coma.
When she took her last breath, her daughter kissed her on the forehead and said, “Go to Jesus, Mom. Go to Jesus.”
Today I am praising God that she is free of pain and in the arms of Jesus.
- Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
- Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15