Friday, June 5, 2009

Charlie went home.

Just a little over a year ago, my step-dad suffered a major stroke.

I contemplated his frustrating loss of speech in this post. It has been a difficult year of seeing him slowly decline and watching my mother care for him in a tireless and selfless manner.

Over the past week it became apparent that his time with us was drawing to a close. Charlie passed away around 5:30 this morning. While we were very sad to let him go, it is a true joy to know that he is no longer suffering. I can once again hear his voice in my head as I imagine him walking the streets of heaven and chatting with everyone in his path. Walking and talking...two things he hasn't been able to do in so long.

I covet your prayers as we walk along side my mom during the funeral planning, visitation, lunch, internment, etc. I don't do any of those things well. Does anyone? Thankfully I don't have much practice under my belt in this area. I just want to be supportive and encouraging to her during this difficult time...trusting that the Lord will show me the best way to do just that.

16 comments:

Rachelle said...

Prayers.

Kristi said...

Kerry, I will be praying for all of you. No, I'm afraid no one is very good at all of the events and emotions that surround funerals. In a way, that is probably a good thing because, "in our weakness HE is strong." I'm praying for peace that passes all understanding, comfort, and grace for all of you.

Jamie HIndman said...

((hugs)). Dear Lord, we thank you for the assurance we have knowing those who love you and are gone from us are basking in your glory forever. I pray for comfort for Kerry, her mother and her family as they grieve their loss of their stepfather. Give them a clear head as they make funeral arrangements and other plans. Give them peace as they continue in this life without him knowing that they will one day see him again. In Your Precious Son's Name,
Amen

Christina said...

i am so sorry for your loss. i will be praying for you.

The Sullivan Sitcom said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Charlie. Please know that your family is in my prayers!

Laura said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your step father. I will be praying for you and your family!

Hugs,
Laura

Anonymous said...

Thank you,Kerry! You are my favorite! (remember that phrase?!) Love, MOM

Colored With Memories said...

kelly? kelly? are you reading this? see, i AM the favorite daughter...it's in print! (sorry, long time joke)

kerry

Them Chandlers said...

Praying for you and your family. Can't help but think of "precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his saints." (Psalm 116:15)

life with the wisners said...

i'm totally praying. right now. as i sit here. in silence. am lifting your entire family up to the ultimate Healer. love to you all.

jennifer said...

praying for you, friend.

Jennifer @ Taking My Time said...

You and your family are in my prayers and rejoicing that Charlie is strong again.

Tricia Hoffmann said...

I think it's really easy to let pride get in the way of emotions during a season of loss. Celebrating Charlie's life and his contributions to your family is OK to be coupled with tears, sobbing, laughing and runny noses. Death is never easy, no matter the circumstance. Praying for His comfort during this time.

Anita said...

Hi Kerry,
We'll be praying for your whole family in this time. If you need anything (meals, childcare etc.) just give us a call (we're in the church directory) and we'd be happy to help out (even on short notice).

Love,
Nick and Anita

The Cunningham Family said...

i've been thinking about & praying for you all!!

Melissa :) said...

I remember praying at the time of his stroke. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll be praying for you family.

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