The Gems that she wore home…
“Thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.”
We were all in a fog …Dad and all her loved ones, including seventeen children. Our spouses and grandchildren were also there with us. We were all walking around like lost sheep, stunned and in disbelief. It had happened so fast, there was no warning. Mom had been so vibrant and healthy. For the most part, we were still in shock. Some were concerned with how beautiful mom would look at the memorable service. We had placed a photo of her entire family close to her side. On her finger, she wore her Mother's ring with the seventeen gems – symbolizing each of her children – in a cluster. I also placed the Mother's ring that I had worn symbolizing my only daughter alongside my beloved mother. She had demonstrated so much love for my daughter. Their relationship was precious and sacred, so I felt as though she had nurtured my daughter as her own. The farewell was so overwhelming, watching Dad and all his children just beginning to comprehend the loss of our beloved mother. We all watched silently, Dad's farewell kiss to Mom. All my brothers were the pallbearers. Each of her children approached the place where she would be buried, and one by one we said our goodbyes placing a rose with her as a symbol of our love. As I play the scene over in my mind, it is a vision of holiness of the true presence of God that was felt from the bleeding hearts of all of those she had held so dear. Those she had ushered into this life were now acknowledging her journey home.... we were all clustered around her in a circle of love... Like the symbol on her finger, seventeen gems. Her journey here on Earth was complete; in many ways ours was just beginning.
Causes Catherine Nagle Supports
Westwind Foster Family Agency, Christian Children's Fund, Compassion International, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Invisible Children, Save the Children