Hospice has sending in a nurse's aid three times a week to bathe Mother, wash the bedding and fix a meal . She is a darling young woman, so vibrant with life and so kind to Mother. They found an instant connection.
We had been trying to have a testimony meeting with her since Friday night, but things just got too hectic and we never managed to get it done. The entire family was here for awhile, but all of the grandkids have either returned home or are now staying with cousins.
The house was finally quite again last night. Judy had earlier asked to be given a blessing and released to go to her heavenly home. About 9:30 PM John anointed and I sealed the blessing. I was able to tell her that her work on earth had been completed and that she was free to return to her Father and her Savior and behold their great glory and majecsty. I was also able to tell her that she would be greeted by loving family and friends. She had talked about giving many of them a big hug. I promised her that when she saw her Father and her Savior that they would say, "Well done thou good and faithful servant." I also told her that she would feel an all consuming love coming from them, the likes of which would be impossible to feel in this fragile world in which we now live. She seemed contented and stayed awake and talked with those present for quite a while. Sheri, Stephanie and Derek and John were present for the blessing.
Shortly afterwards the Bishop and his darling young wife came over to give mother a big hug and express their love for her. The Bishop mentioned that she had lifted to a higher level all she had come in contact with and they loved her for it. He also said that there were hundreds of homes prayer for her, that she would feel comfortable and have peace during these final days and hours of her mortal existence.
About 1:00 she called for Sheri and asked her to call the Hospice Nurse and tell her that she thought she was dying and would probably be unconscious before she could get here from North Provo. Sheri then called all of the kids that were local and they came over. The nurse examined her and found all of her vital signs to be in the normal range and suggested that everyone go into the family room and give Mother a chance to rest for awhile. At 3:00 AM Shelly came in and told us that she was going home. Mother did not wake up again until about 7:00 AM. Everyone was gone, except Sheri. I gave Mother her antinausea medicaton, fed her a little grapefruit and she went back to sleep. Seems like we are back to the same old routine, Mother eating very little and sleeping a lot.
We are in the process of preparing Judy's life history and her eugology and would appreciate you emailing us any special memories that you might have of Mother. You can email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for your love and concern. We have so appreciated all that you have said and done to help Judy move into this next phase of her existence!