I wasn't quite ready to write this.
My dear friend of 26 years has left this world. Several times she had heavenly visions.
Even her husband, who has not always been the most spiritual person, saw an
apparition bending over her bed. When he got up to look there was no one there; no one in the hallway.
Linda's husband Kevin, took very good care of her. When he had to work, he made sure that one of her friends was with her over lunch time till she was ready to rest again. When he had off, he was there from morning till night.
Last week Friday, she took a turn for the worse. Kevin was called from work. He stayed with her
all the time, even overnight, barely sleeping but went home a few times to shower and get fresh clothes.
Kevin had told me that the time was close for Linda. I had not been there since last week Tuesday, but on Tuesday the 20th, I asked my husband to go with me to the nursing home. Jim is also Kevin's friend. I thought it would bother me, but it didn't. She was resting and at peace.
I held her hand while I was there. Kevin and Jim talked about everything under the sun. I think it did Kevin some good. We stayed a few hours, so Kevin, too, could rest. Later on his sister and her husband came to keep him company.
I received a call later that night. Linda had passed around 8:30pm. I have been crying off and on, but I have been in mourning over our loss for a long time. That is the thing with cancer. The person you once knew is not the same anymore, but somewhere in that frail, failing body, was my Linda!
Oh sure, we had our misunderstandings, but the important thing is that we always made up and in the end we had resolved any hurts, holding on to one another and vowing to always be friends.
I prefer to remember the strong, laughing Linda! Memories of our walks, going to Bible Study together, sitting next to each other in church, road trips, retreats, stamping, scrapbooking, thrifting, so many adventures!
Even with the chemo, Linda loved to sit on her deck and enjoy the sunshine.
Now she basks in the light of our Lord!
Linda, I love you! You'll always be my friend!