Thursday, November 8, 2007


I was able to say goodbye to my sweet grandmother last night before her leaving this earthly experience early this morning.

In a talk by Thomas S. Monson he says, "Frequently death comes as an intruder. It is an enemy that suddenly appears in the midst of life’s feast, putting out its lights and gaiety. Death lays its heavy hand upon those dear to us and at times leaves us baffled and wondering. In certain situations, as in great suffering and illness, death comes as an angel of mercy. But for the most part, we think of it as the enemy of human happiness." (“Now Is the Time,” Liahona, Jan 2002.)

The last time I stopped by to visit with my grandma after work, I sat by her armchair and we talked about the many things she has experienced in her life. I asked her what made her fall in love with my grandpa and she replied, "Just Grandpa!" It was the sweetest answer I think I have ever heard on love. I know she was ready to be reunited with her eternal companion.

I am humbled by the expectancy of death, the uncertainty of life, and the power and love of my Heavenly Father. Sadness comes in the loss of a loved one. But there is gratitude also—gratitude for the assurance I have that life is eternal. Yes, life IS eternal; death is not the end.

Because life is so fragile and death so inevitable, we must make the most of each day. We must say please and thank you, forgive and be willing to be forgiven, forget ourselves while serving others, try and then maybe even try again, we must be willing to swing away when we step up to bat/dance when we hear music playing/love like we have nothing to lose, laugh with others and sometimes at ourselves, and just be the best we can! I've learned time is way too precious to be mad, hold grudges, or wonder what might have been...and I think it causes horrible wrinkles.

Grandma Watson, while I will miss you here on Earth, I know if I live a worthy life, I will see you and Grandpa Watson again. We can hug and sit on a magical armchair in heaven where we can share more life stories with each other. I love you.


Britt said...

What a tribute -- you put that together so beautifully, I'm crying now. I'm so sorry for your loss, but you're right- there is so much to look forward to!