Thursday, February 9, 2012

Checkin' Out

My Grandpa would say this phrase every time I would hang up with him on the phone. "When are you coming again? I'll probably check out before then." I would respond that he wouldn't check out, and I'd see him or talk to him again. He always told me he loved me before we hung up on the phone.
Yesterday he checked out. And just in the manner he would have liked - quick and with his dignity. I was called and told he went to the hospital in the early evening. When I called back later (because I had silenced my phone), he had passed.

The tender mercies we have seen as a family have been that he passed quickly. He carried his dignity with him and did not need to have assisted care. He was not alone at his home. He did not fear death. He understood that death is part of God's plan to be with family and friends and await the resurrection.

4 comments:

Sue said...

That's how my husband's father died, too, and we took comfort in knowing that's exactly the way he would have wanted it.

Sending prayers to you and your family.

=)

Hilary said...

I'm sorry because I know you'll miss your grandpa. I'm happy he was able to keep his dignity right to the end though and I'm sure you'll visit with him again.

Kris said...

I'm so sad to hear this news. I've heard you talk about him more than once & can tell that you had a wonderful relationship. I'm so glad that we know where he is & how you can see him again. Luv you guys.

Shaulan and McKay said...

My heart goes out to you! I have been thinking about you a lot yesterday and today, and I thought it was because of your birthday. I'm sorry I wasn't LISTENING correctly. I loved meeting your Grandpa, and I am sorry for your loss. May the sweet joy of the gospel bring you and your family peace and comfort. I LOVE YOU!