Time to share

Friday evening, October 17th, mother passed peacefully in her home, she was 92.   With the help of hospice and my sister and her two adult children, we were able to do this for our mother/grandmother.  Hospice was so wonderful in helping us through this journey with mom.

She is free of her worn out body, young and beautiful again, with family and friends in the hereafter.

No service at this time as her body was donated to the Anatomical Board.  After they have learned from her body, she will be cremated, then there will be a memorial service.  This could be six months to one year or more.

Ever since her heart attack with many complications over 5 years ago, if I asked her what she needed, she would always reply ‘a new body’, we would laugh together and work toward keeping her old body going with many meds and doctor appointments.   She was quite a trooper though everything.  This summer after falling and breaking the smaller bone in her right leg near her ankle, her health deteriorated.  Hospice explained that sometimes something like a broken bone is just too much with all the other ailments and the body begins its last journey.  Certainly has been interesting and feel blessed to be part of it.

I’m so grateful for the peaceful passing for both mom and our family.

Yes, I still drove to Houston to do the Schoolhouse for Andover Fabrics, stayed and visited with friends and that was uplifting for my soul.

My new JLW Club for 2015 will be slightly delayed.  I’ll have info to email to Quilt Shops in December, shops can pre-order Shop Kits for shipping mid January, and order or pre-order the member pattern sets that will be available in February.

Appreciate your patience and understanding.



Time to share — 72 Comments

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom, Jo. I also lost my 90 year old father this past May. He went exactly how he wanted. No life saving procedures and he was so ready. Your Mom is in a better place and I’m sure she’s smiling now.

  2. While it is such a bittersweet time for you…mourning your loss but celebrating the life of a strong woman…my heart goes out to you. My mom is 91 and such a blessing in our lives but she is just tired. Keep all the memories close to your heart and they will surely bring you comfort. Going about your normal activities just goes to show yet another side of your strength which sounds like you inherited from your mother. God Bless You and your family.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom! It’s always difficult to lose a mom, no matter her age or your age! May Peace be yours!

  4. My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you, Jo. You will always miss her, but have the most beautiful memories of your times together. Growing up with a wonderful mother is the greatest gift! Peace to you and all of your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. My prayers are with you. My Mom is 93 and is living with us. I hear the same comments from her about a new body. She is still sewing and making quilts although they are smaller ones. I feel your pain and hope you can be very thankful that you had her as long as you did. We are very lucky.

  6. oh Jo, extra hugs to you. I miss my Dad every day, and he passed away 11 years ago…Mom is still going at 93, but has slowed significantly…and since she suffers from vertigo, I worry that a fall will end in a spiral downward. Your arms will always be hugging your mom, as she will be hugging you.

  7. Oh Jo , I know you willreceivemany notes
    Of condolence , but no one understands it more than one who has been there. I share your loss but how fortunate to have so many great years of love and laughter .
    May her memory be eternal. Xo
    Patty Harants

  8. Deepest Sympathy to you and your family, Jo, at this difficult time. Your Mom must have been an outstanding, generous Lady, to want to help others. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. My thoughts are with you Jo. Knowing that a loved one is at peace can be both relieving and sad. My mother is currently 88 and has dementia. I don’t think her time is real close, but wish it was so her mind would be normal again. That may sound cruel but I hope that you or other readers understand.

  10. My prayers ae with you and your entire family. I too used Hospice to help me care for my 47 year old father at the time and I could never repay them for all they helped with.
    Take care of yourself.

  11. Hi Jo,
    Death is an enemy, just like the Bible says… In the Lord’s Prayer, we pray for God’s Kingdom to come & His Will to take place in heaven AND on EARTH! When God’s Kingdom rules over the earth, mankind is promised in Revelation 21: 3,4 that death will be no more! I am so looking forward to that time, which will happen very soon. When you have a moment, please check out. JW.org web site. You will be amazed at what the Bible really teaches about our future. We have the promise of even seeing our loved ones on a paradise earth. Take care,

  12. You and your family were so blessed to have had her for 92 years. You will miss her deeply but will always remember that she is well and very happy in a better place than this earth.

  13. Jo: I remember your visit to Maine several years ago and how much I enjoyed your class. I send my deepest sympathy to you. No matter what age you have reached it is always hard to lose your parents. It sounds like your mother was a strong woman with a sense of humor. Savor your memories and know she is at peace. Helen

  14. I lost my Mom when she was only 68 to ovarian cancer. I miss her every day. How blessed you are to have had so many years and so many good conversations with your Mom. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Jo, The loss of a mother is something that affects one so profoundly whether it is a peaceful passing or a torturous one. My thoughts are with you as you start this journey. My condolences to your family as well. Blessings be.

  16. Jo, I am sorry for your loss. You take as long as you need. It is hard, I know, I lost my mother 8 years ago. Dawn Eckrich, Iowa City, Iowa

  17. I still miss my Mom who passed at the age of 94. You have my condolences. No matter how long we have them, we still miss them dearly when they are gone. GodBless. Susan in CT

  18. It is truly a blessing to know the end of life on earth merely signals the beginning of life forever. You and your family are in my prayers.

  19. Dear Jo, Words seem inadequate to express condolences. I know you cherished the time you were able to have with your Mom, especially since her heart attack. While there are many things to be grateful for – I am sorry for the loss of such a significant person in your life. The comfort in this loss is as you stated – she is released from her well used body. She will always live in your memories of her. Sending you a hug.

  20. So sorry for your loss, Jo. It’s sad when our earthly ‘tents’ wear out before our minds. I pray you will be reunited with her some day.

  21. I am so sorry for your loss. I know it will take a long time to adjust. You never really recover from such a loss. I lost my mom 7 years ago and still miss her every day. She would have been 93 this year. My prayers are with you at this time.

  22. Dear Jo, sending loads of cyber hugs and prayers. It sounds like your Mother’s room was filled with love which most definitely eased her passing. And such an affirmation of a life well lived that she would leave her body to further science. I pray that her memory will bring a smile to your face and warm your heart each time you think of her.

  23. Had to endure a plane trip across country after the passing of my mother. In order to not just be teary mess on the plane, I resolved to think of her younger and smiling, and the many interactions of our LIFE together. It is now my prescription offered to others in their moment of loss. Surely you spent more time having a good life together and raising those thoughts is possible. The moments of the end of life are momentary, compared to a life well-lived to the nineties. Feeling your loss, but remember your loved one in sunshine. I know you were a beloved daughter.

  24. So sorry for your loss, Jo. Your Mom will always be with you in your thoughts and in your heart.
    Saying a prayer for you and your family. No matter how long our parents are with us, we always wish for one more day.

  25. As long as you have memories of your mother, she will never be gone. I learned from my mother that when something happens to stop or slow the physical “get up and go”, one does not recover. Memories live forever.

  26. Jo, I’m so sorry for your mother’s passing. It is hard to lose the special relationship of a mother and daughter. I still think of my mom often and look forward to seeing her again. I know your mom will live on through you and may all of the great memories of her sustain you in the days ahead.

  27. I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing, Jo. I agree that she is at peace and pain free but also know how your heart will have that ache in it. My oldest brother passed away on Sept. 26
    of prostate cancer and as much as I miss him I know he is out of his pain as well. God bless and I know you will have sweet memories of your Mom. My prayers going out for you that your heart heals..Louise

  28. Jo, I am sorry for your loss. I lost my mom in 2010. She was 77 and just was too tired to fight all her pain. I am so glad to have had the time I had to spend with her, that is the gift I received. Just know you will see your mom someday. –Patti

  29. Sorry to hear of your loss Jo. I am so glad you had Hospice for you, your mom, and family. There is nothing quite like losing your mom, but thankful it was a peaceful passing and you can think of her in a better place. Grieving is a journey that is each individual’s alone. be good to yourself during this time.

  30. I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, Jo. They leave a big hole in your heart that nothing can quite fill. I used to call my mom every morning at 9:30 and for the first six months, I still wanted to do that. Blessings to you and your family.

  31. Dear Jo and family,
    My heart goes out to you on the loss of your mom. We are never ready, no matter what our age. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  32. Jo, I am so sorry for your loss. You mom is dancing with Jesus in her now perfect body. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  33. Jo,
    Very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Losing parents is so hard, but it is wonderful you had so much time together. Prayers being sent your way.

  34. so nice to read your loving thoughts of your mother. Our dearest friend, our mothers. I know you have many wonderful memories, but must still have that empty alone feeling. Hugs to you.

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