Monday, August 16, 2010

A Journey Ends --- Another Begins

Dad and Mom, little rascals?
Beauty in black!
Dapper Dad!
Lol, don't know the story behind this!
1968, best shot ever of year he would die.
1972, vising us in Hawaii, missing dad.
Through the years.
The faces of dementia.

Together again!

He smiles as he tends their garden

The Son is shining bright

She could be here any minute,

Yes she just might

Looking eagerly down the path by the sea,

For that face he longs so much to see.

For her the years have slowly passed

Until that moment when at last,

He sees her hurrying down that path,

Lovingly to greet him.

Her scattering tube.

Hannibal, Ohio, and the Ohio River on the right where mom loved to swim!   This will be the final stop on her journey for her remains.

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
1 Thess. 4:16,17,18

See you soon mom!


  1. Your mom is whole again and with your dad, that's a blessing. You've been a faithful and loving daughter, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you as you adjust to your life without your mother......
    It's time to take care of yourself..

    Memories and pictures are so wonderful! I love the pictures you've posted of your parents.

  2. May she rest in peace in his loving arms with the love and blessings of Our Dear Lord.

    God Bless you Donna



  3. You and your mom have had a long hard road these last few yrs. Now she is a rest. You have been a great daughter. This time is for you now. God Bless.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss, Donna! I pray this transition is made easier by knowng you will see your parents soon!

  5. My heart is full for you Donna but I am so glad to have followed your wonderful caring journey for your Mom. She was so blessed to spend her last years under your wonderful care and now she is with her true love again.
    I hope that you can feel the comfort that you need in the coming weeks and months. Bless you and take care xx

  6. Hi Donna, Thinking of you this morning and sending you much peace. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. :)
    P.S. I cannot even begin to tell you how honored I am that you included my book in the photo of her scattering tube. I'm just incredibly honored. XXOO

  7. Thank you all for your support and well wishes. As the bear hug waltz has ended here on earth, so this journey has ended. However a new one has begun. I will no longer be adding blogs to The Bear Hug Waltz, but to my new site, Traveling This Journey Together. I also will continue to support my other site, Caregivers Not Alone. And you couldn't keep me from! Of course, don't forget Blog Talk Radio show too! So, I will not be going anywhere! I will continue to follow up with comments left on this site because I am sure there will be many new caregivers who will be visiting. So, again, love you all and I will see you somewhere in this world of care-giving!

  8. My condolences. Your mom is on a new journey, and a new one is awaiting you. God bless you. I will miss your posts on The Bear Hug Waltz.

  9. So Sorry for your loss. Now is the time to take care of you and do the things you have wanted to do. You know she would want you to. My father passed last year after 6 years of caregiving. I did have empty nest for about 6 months. Not having the responsibility was foreign to me. It gets easier to get through the day. My thoughts are with you.

  10. Donna,

    I am sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. I love what you are doing to honour her, as well as helping other caregivers going through the transitional period you are experiencing. Caregivers are often forgotten souls.

    ps. love your honesty and sense of humor on your radio show