Glimpses of Heaven
By Trudy Harris

Close to Death, She Saw Her Mother Through Me

Several years ago, a wonderful French Canadian woman who had been my volunteer assistant for many years was dying. She and I had worked closely together in a hospice setting and she had heard the conversations I often had with the terminally ill and dying patients in my care.

One day she simply said to me, “Trudy, what will happen to me when I get closer to my time of dying?” We spoke about the naturalness of her coming to live with us at the hospice and of staying there until she went to heaven. We did not speak of it again, understanding that when the time was right, we would all know it.

When the time came she spent her days relaxing in the warmth and comfort of her friends, feeling safe and loved. She loved calling me on the intercom to see just how fast I could get to her bedside, in case she needed me. We enjoyed those days together filled with laughter, visits from old friends, her daily scotch and soda, and prayer.

She had never married and longed to see her parents and siblings again, and she was ready. The day before her death, she lapsed into French, the language of her youth. Taking my face into her hands, she smiled a beautiful smile and said, “Oh, ma mère, ma mère,” my mother, my mother. In one of those inexplicable ways that only God knows about, my friend was experiencing her mother through me and she was so excited and happy to see her.

How gracious God was to allow her this experience, which brought her great peace. How humbling for me that he used me to bless her in just this way.

Trudy Harris, RN, is the author of the popular Glimpses of Heaven and More Glimpses of Heaven. Although now retired, she was a hospice nurse and president of Jacksonville's Hospice Foundation for Caring where she raised more than $45 million in capital contributions. You can find her on Facebook!

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No one should walk the dark road of sorrow and grief alone.Two years ago,this summer, I lost the 3 people who loved me and supported me my entire duration on this planet.I would give a limb to know someone knows I am out here. Due to greed, lust for money,and how people will crawl with lies and betrayal to no end. When I lost the last 3 people who loved me, I also lost one brother,one sister,1 male cousin, one female cousin,one father,and 2 different neighbors,who were, so I though, friends of my Mom, my Aunt, and my Uncle.Money has brought them to their knees.You know What I want, Judy? I want to go "Home" To go home where there will never be again the years of abuse,my Mom and I endured everyday. I want to go where for the first time in my life,in over 50 years,someone will tell me with conviction, you will never be alone again. I simply want to go home.TODAY

Dear Quietness,

You are not alone. God is with you always, even when we don't think so, He is there.

You may have lost family and relatives to greed and others, you still have one true friend in Jesus and He loves you. When your times comes, He will receive you into His loving arms.

May the Lord comfort you and carry you through the difficult times. God Bless you.