In God's Care
I lost my mom in the beginning of January this year. My siblings and I were caught unaware by how quickly she deteriorated. Despite this deep loss, my siblings and I have gained great comfort in how well God has taken care of us, especially my mom, these last few months
It began in August, one of the toughest months of my life. I headed back East to spend time with my mom. Her dementia was getting worse; she was forgetting to eat and take her medications. The siblings gathered to move her to assisted living. It had been a tough decision to make, but we knew it was the best situation for her; she would be safe and well taken care of.
My siblings and I may be as different as six people can possibly be, but we were united in the common goal of doing what was best for our mom. It was amazing to see how differently the six of us handled this extremely difficult but inevitable situation. I witnessed pain and courage, sacrifice and perseverance, tears and laughter, anger and forgiveness, determination and encouragement. Amidst all of the planning, meetings, packing, phone calls, and moving, God gave me the opportunity to reconnect with my mom and my siblings, especially my sisters. My mom and I had never really been close, not like she had been with my sisters, but all the past hurts and mistakes crumbled away as I spent this precious time with my mom and my sisters. By the end of August, I felt as if I had been in the trenches, and I knew I would never be the same. I was a better person because of it. God is good.
Much to our complete surprise, mom began to thrive in her new home. She put on weight, color returned to her cheeks, she had a sparkle in her eye, and everyone loved her. We thought she would outlive all of us at this pace, but God had other plans. Her deterioration started after Christmas and a week later she was gone. She was home with her Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and this fact comforted us deeply. Her children made it to her bedside in time to hold her hand, reminisce with her, and read the Bible to her before she died. It was an amazing time for all us.
I am so deeply thankful to God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon me. He allowed me to reconnect with my mom and my sisters. My relationship with God has deepened, and I know myself better than I ever have before. God is so good.
- June Kanaski
MK, June, Lois and their mother in August 2012