Wednesday, 25 January 2012

The small miracle of Death

What a strange way to start my first post. Let me explain.
     I work among the very elderly. Death is a part of what I do, and although it's not an every day occurrence, it happens. And I must confess, I'm not very good at it, even after all these years. It's always hard to say "good-bye."
     A few weeks ago, one of my residents became gravely ill with pneumonia. In a day's time, she was hovering on the brink of death, and everything within me screamed, "NO!" A few days before we had visited and talked of my grandchild, and she'd attended my knitting group. We'd talked of politics and the news. The next day, she was struggling for breath and didn't recognise me.
     I think you have to work with these people to understand. Even though they are aged and frail, when their quality of life is good, and my joy each day is to bring a smile to their faces, it's hard to let go. When I went into her room a few days later, and she had responded to the antibiotics and called my name, I was ecstatic. She was back.
     A week of recovery, and she began to attend my programs. Last Friday, I had a luncheon that she was able to attend and enjoy. Yesterday she wasn't feeling well, and stayed in bed. Today, she left us.

     But it's alright. That week, when I was able to serve her one last time, and see her smile, was my small miracle. Today, she is with her Saviour, and full of joy. That is her miracle, and not a small one!

Have you had someone in your life who has left their footprint? Tell us about them.


  1. Hi Ann,
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  2. Hi Ann, I look forward to reading your blogs. Thank you for sharing with me. I know what you mean about someone leaving their footprint in your life. My mom has left her footprint in my life. She was an incredible mom... and a strong, beautiful, fun loving lady. I miss her so much. Anyways, thanks again for sharing your stories with me. :)

    1. Thanks for sharing, Angie. Your Mom must have been an amazing woman, because she raised an amazing daughter!

  3. Ann, I'm looking forward to reading your blogs. Your kindness and generosity make you a wonderful friend to all.
    I've had so many people leave positive footprints on my life that it's hard to choose one! There have been many footprints that I've had to fill in to remove the influence of, but far more positive ones... I'll mention my son, Brad. He has taught me what unconditional love is. My joy each time he comes home is energizing. He's kind and thoughtful. He knows when I need to be cared for, and I would do anything for him.
    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to recognize him in this small way.
    Bless you, my friend,

    1. Janet, your example to Brad has shaped who his is. Well done, mom!

  4. Hi Ann :)

    Happy to follow you on your blogging adventure & I look forward to reading more from you!!