Mom’s Final Journey

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Monday, May 13

Call from Carol at Hospice – mom is non-responsive, not eating or drinking. I should go back. Jon encouraged me to leave the next day.

From Pam:
“Angels Fly” by Reamonn:

She saw the world through her smile. She held your hand, you knew it’d be all right. She spoke of places she’d never been. Now is the time, she’d say, to live the dream.

And she told us how she could fly And she said, no need for goodbyes. For we’d see her there in the skies, Where angels fly.

Moon always wished she was a bird and she could fly. She and dad loved the song, “I’ll Fly Away”.

Tuesday, May 14

From Pastor Matt:

Psalm 23 :1
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.[a]
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness[b]
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[c]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely[d] goodness and mercy[e] shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell[f] in the house of the Lord

Early flight at 6:55. Should arrive at 4:30 – go directly to the nursing home. God provided me with a woman to talk to on the plane today (didn’t want to talk today!). She flew in March to her moms funeral. Lots of same experiences – good to talk it out.

Good thing I made plans to come – calls from MTB to change advanced directive as mom is worse and on morphine for comfort. Erin and Glenna are at her side. Love them! Donna is making room for me at her house!

I’m so excited for mom! She will be with her Lord and her husband very soon!

“Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King!
Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King!
Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King!
Hallelujah hallelujah we’re going to see the King”

“No more crying there, we are going to see the King!”


6 PM Tuesday I arrived at Martha T Berry to find mom resting in peace, having already gone to meet her Lord. Carol, the Hospice nurse was waiting for me.

Later, a beautiful story would evolve of the day that would proclaim exactly who mom was.

Glenna, my friend from DCC, stayed with Mom all day, along with Erin, her daughter off and on working as shuttle service and caring for her two little ones (Lily and Ella) who have all been mom’s caregivers for quite a while now. Throughout the day, workers and staff were going in and out of mom’s room to check on her and say their goodbyes. Seems she was loved by all there.

At about 3 PM, Glenna had read my post with Psalm 23 in it that Pastor Matt had sent me. Mom had some irregular breathing and mottling of color in her face up to that point. Glenna read the Psalm to mom ….. She started breathing easily, her coloring evened out and she just sighed and went peacefully to sleep. Glenna said she had never seen a more beautiful transition. She called in the nurse to check her – and (those of you who know how stubborn mom could be will understand this) in spite of the fact that she wasn’t breathing, her heart did not stop for over 3 minutes! That’s my momma!

When I got there she was still soft and warm. I hugged her for the 13 grand kids, I hugged her for me and my brother, sister in law and Jim, and I hugged her for her 16 great grands.

As I looked at her crippled and shriveled little body wracked with arthritis and remembered what an active and vital woman she was, I was so excited for her to be able to be walking and running again, and to be reunited with my dad, and all the family before her. Heaven is truly a wonderful place, where she is waiting for her family here to join her.

We will gather Saturday, mom’s family and a few close friends, to celebrate her beautiful life. I love you, mom!!

I can hear mom singing:

“Heaven is a wonderful place, Filled with Glory and Grace,
I want to see my Savior’s face Heaven is a wonderful,
Heaven is glorious, Heaven is a wonderful place.”


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7 thoughts on “Mom’s Final Journey

  1. Nancy Sluka

    Praying…. ❤


  2. Gail Grady

    Oh Jan–so sorry for your loss but know your mom is truly at peace. Thoughts and prayers are with you.



  3. Melanie

    What a glorious testimony your Mom, Lucille Fluegge, has left!


  4. Ron Pietrantoni

    That was truly breath-taking; thank you for sharing it. Hugs!


  5. Pat Stewart

    Jan, you have been blessed in so many ways! May God now hold you in the palm of His hand!


  6. Cathy Allen

    God Bless You, Jan!


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