A love story


Last weekend my mother-in-law passed away. That normally would be the end of her story, but it wasn’t. The day before she left us, when the family gathered around her bed saying their goodbyes, an amazing event happened. Some were talking to each other, but my husband, son, and I sat quietly.

The three of us were watching her when she looked between my husband and I and spoke clearly from her hospital bed, “Is that you, Sal?”

A chill ran through me as I listened.

She broke into a huge smile as her face lit up, “I can see you,” she proclaimed.

She kept talking quietly to him. She answered questions we couldn’t hear, while her face glowed and her body relaxed. I glanced to the spot she was looking at, but saw nothing. Yet, I felt we weren’t alone in that room. I was positive my father-in-law was there to reunite with his beloved. Soon, she settled back into the bed and closed her eyes. I quickly confirmed with my husband what I’d seen and heard. He had witnessed the same thing–as had my son. It was comforting to know he was there waiting for her. Before we could bring it up to anyone else, the Chaplin entered to administer her last rites.

What we took away from this experience was her death was not the end for her. It was the beginning of an eternal love story. It’s a tale capable of crossing over all boundaries. Although she will be missed, and her family is grieving her passing–she’s getting her happy ending. The peace we felt in that brief moment reminded us it doesn’t end when you take your last breath– it’s a new beginning.

On a holiday weekend when we are encouraged to be thankful for what we have– I was grateful to have been blessed with that moment. I’ll always be thankful knowing that their love continues even when we can’t see it. I was lucky enough to be a part of their love when I met their son. In their son I found a love like theirs, and it’s comforting to know it will have a happy ending.

Embrace your inner child, D.L. Finn

27 thoughts on “A love story”

  1. Thank you for sharing this incredible experience with us, D. L. The thought that your mother-in-law was accompanied by her true love as she entered eternity warms my heart immensely. How beautiful! And, what an amazing Thanksgiving gift. ♥

  2. What a beautiful and comforting story, DL. I happen to agree that this is a stopping point and that there is an eternal future for us all. I’m so glad your father in law could be there to ease the transition. Thank you for sharing this wonderful event. Having said that I am sorry for your loss and happy for your mother in law’s gain.

    1. Thank you, John. We found it very comforting and wanted to share that. Yes, it really made us feel peace knowing my father-in-law was there for her. it was sad for us, but we are very happy for her.

  3. \What an amazing experience, D.L. Death is not the end but only the beginning. I truly believe in an afterlife where we connect with all who have gone before us. Your father-in-law was there to ensure your mother-n-law felt no fear at her passing, Lately, I have heard amazing tales related to the moment of passing for family members and friends who increase my belief that we are not alone when God calls us home.

    1. Thanks, Mae. Even though I have the very same beliefs, it sure helps to have them confirmed like this. It was a beautiful moment that I will never forget.

  4. That is so profound and so awesome to be a part of seeing this. This is a testimony of the love God has for us, and knowing her soul mate was waiting for her has to be a huge comfort. Your family has been blessed with His love.

    1. Thank you, Mary. We are very blessed and loved to have witness this. It has brought a lot of comfort and hope of what is to come.

  5. What a beautiful and profound experience. I have heard many stories like this and it only reinforces that we never walk alone and when it’s time to transition, we won’t do it alone either. Condolences to the family. Hugs, sweet friend.

    1. Thank you, Jan. It was an amazing experience for us. Yes, it reinforces our beliefs and gave comfort to know we don’t leave alone. I’ve heard about this, but never seen it. Hugs back to you.

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