A Journey's End
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Oh Captain! My Captain! Our fearful trip is done, 
The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won, 
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting . . . 
-Oh Captain! My Captain, Walt Whitman-Leaves Of Grass

It always seems surreal when this happens to us. 

And it has happened far too many times. 

My husband's father died last night, peacefully yet unexpectedly, in his sleep. 


Godspeed Bill. Say hello to my dad for me. 

I'm not sure when I'll be back, friends. 

But I will be back because life begins and ends and there are all the days in between and it is in those days that I will try to find the right words, to capture it all.

Please keep us in our prayers as we journey north to mark the passing of a father, grandfather and husband. 

In one of the stars, I shall be living. 
In one of them, I shall be laughing.
And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing when you look at the sky at night.
-The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Today's Definite Download: Vince Gills', Go Rest High On That Mountain. Check out Vince's beautiful, heartfelt song of goodbye right here. 

Life is eternal and love is immortal and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.-Rossiter Worthington Raymond


Joann




67 comments:

Mrs. Ohtobe said...

Hugs, prayers and safe travels friend.

Anonymous said...

Dee from Tennessee

Just so sorry, so very sorry. A wee bit stunned and can't think - even though I know that there really are no words. Sending prayers from my neck of the woods and hugs to all. May the Lord give you His grace and His comfort.

The Zadge said...

Godspeed to him! Sending hugs and warm thoughts of sympathy to you and your husband!

Hulk said...

"Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear."


So sorry for your loss...

Eva Gallant said...

So sorry. Travel safely. We'll still be here when you are ready to return!

Noelle said...

I loved hulks comment. You and yours are in my prayers. Sending lots of love your way.

Anonymous said...

Truly sorry for your loss. Another member of the Greatest Generation has gone on to join the others.

"What the caterpillar perceives is the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning." Author Unknown

Sadie from BBPland

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

You all will be in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you have a safe journey up north. Hugs to you my friend.

Lovely words Hulk :)

Scraps said...

Such a sad loss for your family. May he be remembered well, and often.

Wishes for safe travel and heart healing going with you.

Anonymous said...

I lost a dear friend earlier this month and this was recited as a graveside prayer:

When my sun of life is low,
When the dewey shadows creep,
Say for me before I go,
Now I lay me down to sleep.

Wothing more to doubt or dare,
Nothing more to give or keep,
Say for me the children's prayer,
Now I lay me down to sleep.

Who has learned along life's way,
Be it primrose Path or a stoney steep,
More of wisdom than just to say,
Now I lay me down to sleep

Now, we lay Bill down to sleep,
We pray the Lord, his soul to keep.

Jan said...

Oh Joann, Prayers to you and your husband and the whole family. I'm so sorry for your loss.

When my mom passed away last year we had this poem printed on her prayer cards:

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and the sky come to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says: "There, she is gone!"
"Gone where?"
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in the mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, "There, she is gone!" there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: "Here she comes!"
And that is dying.
Henry Van Dyke

I hope these words bring some small comfort. You are loved.
Jan

Liz said...

I'm so, so sorry, Joann! I'm thinking about your family.

Pat said...

So, so sorry for your loss. Safe travels, my friend.

Mom vs. the boys said...

oh Joanne, I'm so sorry to hear that. I'll be thinking of you and your family during this sad time. {{Hugs}}

randine said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mrsblogalot said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this Joann. My heart and thoughts are with you. See you when you get back.

The Bipolar Diva said...

Thinking and praying for you all.

Christine Macdonald said...

He and your dad are appplauding you and your hubs. They raised you well and I am happy and proud to call you a friend. xo

Cheryl said...

Oh, Joann. I am so sorry to hear this. Thoughts to your husband and you and your children..

My dad's up there too..

xo

Amanda said...

I'm very sorry. What a beautifully peaceful way to go,in ones sleep, but also very shocking to everyone left behind.

Thank God for memories.

Paula said...

Today is the second anniversary of my mom's death. She died unexpectedly and my dad, who'd been sick, died twelve days later of a broken heart.

My prayers are with you and your family.

Cathy Webster (Olliffe) said...

Oh Joann... so sorry, my friend, so very sorry.
Find it in your heart to be extra sweet to your husband and to yourself. It's a hard road ahead, as you well know. Find brightness wherever you can. Immerse yourself in love. Remember him with all your heart.
oxoxoxo

Sparkling said...

Sorry to hear that. It's always such a shock when it's unexpected like that!!

Kelly said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

LisaPie said...

Oh honey, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Safe travels and sending you all kinds of strength to help hold your husband up.

I will pray for your family that you can find some peace in this sadness.

Ostriches Look Funny said...

So sorry. You'll all be in my prayers.

Tiffaney said...

I'm so so sorry for your irreplaceable loss, my friend. He was a great man indeed.

duffylou said...

Joann, I'm so sorry for your sudden loss. Please share my sincere condolences with your husband and family. My prayers are with you all.

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

Joann, I'm so sorry. I know there aren't really any words, at least I do not know them. Keeping you all in my thoughts.

Ami said...

Sending good thoughts to you. It's so hard to lose people. I wish we didn't have to, ya know?

Safe journey.

June Gardens said...

Oh, honey...

JoAnn said...

Joann, Thoughts and prayers.

Bossy Betty said...

My heart goes out to you and your family. I'll keep you in my prayers.

Gigi said...

Oh Joann..after all your MIL just went through? Wow. My condolences to you and your hubs...take good care.

Tracey S said...

I am so sorry for your family's loss.

Tracey S said...

I am so sorry for your family's loss. Take care.

Baby Sister said...

Oh Joann. I am so sorry. You will all be in my prayers.

Michelle Saunderson said...

So sorry for your loss. I look forward to your return.

From Tracie said...

I'm not sure that I have any right words in a time like this.

I am praying for your family and sending you love. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Lula Lola said...

I am so very sorry. I'll be praying for you, your husband and children. It's so hard to lose someone you love. So sorry that you have to make this sad journey my friend!

Sue B said...

Oh Joann, so sorry to hear. Praying for you & your family. Peace be with you.

Sue

The Random Blogette said...

I am so sorry for your loss! My thoughts will be with you and your family during this time. Have a safe journey.

Rae Frazier said...

"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."
Praying for you...

d-lou said...

So sorry for your loss. Make sure you spend some time these next few days sharing memories. Our loved ones really do live on in our hearts.

Mama Insomnia said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts & prayers.

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain"

MommaKiss said...

So sorry for your loss. Sending good thoughts to your family.

julie gardner said...

I'm terrible at this. I want to so "so sorry" but everyone already said it.

But I am. So sorry.

Shelley said...

Prayers to you and your family Joann. I am so sorry. I know everyone does say that. But what else is there to say? Take care and safe travels.

The Empress said...

Such a loss to your whole family,Joann. I'm so sorry.

You have truly been blessed with having great people in your life.

The Empress said...

I'm thinking of your MIL now.

She will be leaning on you.

Meg at the Members Lounge said...

What a sweet photo! My condolences to your family and may Bill's journey be peaceful.

Judie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I know what it is like to lose a parent that you love (my MIL) and I will keep you all in my thoughts.

Heather said...

I am so sorry.

My sympathy to you and your family.

Lady Jennie said...

I will pray tonight. Much love to your family.

MrsJenB said...

So, so very sorry Joann. Am thinking of and praying for you and your family.

Shabbygal said...

Sorry for your family's loss! I will keep you in my prayers. Travel safe! Hugs, Traci

Cheeseboy said...

Sending Cheeseboy thoughts and prayers your way.

When I go, I hope it is peacefully in my sleep. Sounds like he was a great man. My sincerest condolences.

jayayceeblog said...

I am so sorry to hear your sad news. My deepest sympathy to you, your sweet Hubby, your Mother-in-Law and the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Erin I'm Gonna Kill Him said...

Oh man, Joann, so sorry. Peaceful is reassuring but unexpected is still a knife to the gut.

Take care of your family.

PBJdreamer said...

Beautiful song by VG and loved the other prose you posted


I wish you peace and healing


so sorry for your loss


that is all

Deborah said...

Sending white light to you and your family.

Tell us some stories about him!

Laurie said...

Joann, know that you, your husband and family are in my thoughts and prayers as you come together with other family and friends during this difficult time.

My heart goes out to you and your family.

Kimberly said...

I am so sorry. Sending prayers my friend. Xoxo

Leanne said...

So sorry for your loss, sweetie. Sending your hugs and prayers.

TesoriTrovati said...

Oh Miss Joann! I am so sorry that I missed this news, I have been a bit MIA on the blogs this week. I am sorry for the loss of your father in law. It sounds like he had a rich and full life and that is the best that any of us can hope for. Know that we are each praying for your peace in this time of sadness. And this is precisely why I always say, "Every day may not be good but there is something good in every day." Find your 'something good' and celebrate it.
Enjoy the day.
xox
Erin

Dawn in Austin said...

Oh Joann, I'm so sorry. Please give hugs all around for your family. Having just been through all of this, my heart hurts for your husband and the rest of Grandpa's loved ones.

lvankuiken said...

I feel like the most horrible friend and a terrible person that I have been missing in action and completely missed all of this.

I'm so sorry.

Hugs and prayers.

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