We have been sitting by her bedside for four days now and there will be a few more days to come. We have watched her go from carrying on short conversations to now, just short responses with great effort. Most of her time is spent sleeping.
Its not a sad time as much as it is a sweet time, I was telling a friend yesterday. Margaret is 94 years old. She lived independently until 93, and, after being diagnosed with cancer just this January was sent to hospice care. Isn’t that what we would all like? To live a rich, full life into the 90s and then sleep away into eternity with family and friends around us?
Next to her bed is a basket of cards that she has received. We have enjoyed reading those aloud to her over and over and talking about the people who sent them and memories shared with them.
(I wrote about this same thing back in November when I had my surgery for breast cancer, but I find that reminders of what I already know are always good!)
Today, I want to comment about the insides of our cards – those words we write. Here is my honest confession: I love to make cards, but I have always struggled with what to say to someone who is going through hard times. The truth is, just saying you love them and you’re praying is enough.
I will add, though, that the cards Margaret received that mentioned a special time together or a specific something about Margaret really touched our hearts – and led to fun bedside reminiscing.
This is what is on my heart today. Making cards is such a gift and a pleasure to create……but don’t forget…. the final step is the inside of that card.
Thanks for reading, Karen
P.S. I have blog posts with card ideas already prepared for the next few days, but I will comment when Margaret has finished her journey here on earth.
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