Sunday, September 6, 2009


Well, my Grandpa passed away this morning. We decided yesterday that we were going to take him off all his medicine that was maintaining his blood pressure and basically keeping him alive.

It was so hard, but know that it was the right choice.

So after they took the breathing machine off and stopped all medicine, it didn't take long for him to take his last breath as I was stroking his hair!

And when he flat lined and the machine said zero...

It was a beautiful thing!

Beautiful because he went peacefully, and that was what I wanted so much.

Beautiful because he died on the same day he entered this world and got to meet the God who loves him so much.

I'm kind of jealous :)

It's beautiful because no matter who reads this blog, and I love all of you, but this blog is for me and me alone, and this is a day I want to document and keep in my heart for the rest of my life.

But most of all, it's beautiful, because he's now walking on the Streets of Gold!!

And that alone, in and of itself, makes it a beautiful day!!

Have a beautiful Sunday!!


Kassie said...

You and your family are in prayers today. You are such an inspiration with your faith. God bless your grandfather in His kingdom!!

Jess said...

Lauren, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather. What a beautiful moment, though.

You and your family are in my prayers.

Nicole said...

You are amazing. I love your faith. Sorry to hear about your grandpa.

Lauren said...

Well, it's hard for my to type because I'm crying and I can't see.

My grandfather passed away the exact same way two years ago. It was one of the hardest but best things I've ever seen or been a part of.

I'm so, so glad that you and he were so close. And how neat that it was his birthday...wouldn't it be perfect if we all could do that??

Sending you much love and sympathy...

In this wonderful life... said...

SO sorry about your granpa! You are right though, he is in a better and beautiful place!!! thinking about you!! xoxo

capperson said...

I will keep your family in my prayers. Your faith is amazing!

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Amanda said...

I'm so sorry. I'm praying for you and your family.

Emily said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Gramps passing, Lauren. It's so special that you were able to be rigth next to him as he went to heaven.

I sit here with tears in my eyes, in awe of how you can look at the beauty in today and not only at the sorrow. You are truly amazing!

My prayers are still with you and your family, sweet girl!

tara said...

Lauren, I'm so very, very sorry for your loss. Losing a grand-parent is so tough. You have an amazing insight and are totally right, the streets of gold have to be an amazing sight for him to behold. Please take care, I will especially remember you and your family in the following days.
love from maryland, -tara

Jess :) said...

My dearest Lauren,

As you know, my thoughts and PRAYERS are with you and your family.

I can't even imagine. Last summer, when my grandma died I was not able to be with her. In fact, I didn't even get to say good-bye. Thankfully, my mom and aunt were by her side as she took her last breath, but I was not. Therefore, what a blessing that you were able to be with your grandpa. Something very special that you can hold onto.

I just know that you were an absolute LIGHT for him while he was on this Earth. He sure was one blessed grandpa and it sounds like you were one blessed granddaughter.

There are so many things I could write, but it's truly getting hard to see the screen through my tears. I honestly am not sure why I'm so emotional, but maybe it's also because I'm thinking about my grandpa, as well and know that his time is more than likely drawing near. I wish we lived closer so that I could see him more often.

Thank you for sharing this story with us ~ whether we are blog readers...or your FRIEND!

You know how much I love you and want more than anything to be there with you to give you one GIANT hug. Unfortunately, you're going to have to pretend...but just for now. Still praying that our day of meeting will come sooner rather than later.

Anyway, just wanted you to know, once again, you're being thought of TONS and PRAYED about OFTEN.

Love ya,
Jess :)

Megan said...

I am so sorry about your loss. I am thinking about your family during this time.

His Doorkeeper said...

How blessed you were to be able to be with him as he left this world to be at the feet of Jesus! What a celebration there must have been when he arrived in heaven!

My thoughts and prayers are with your family!

kristi said...

Praying for you & your family!

Staci said...

So sorry Lauren. What a beautiful tribute to your grandfather. Praying for you!!

Loree said...

I am sorry about your loss but, as you said, your grandfather is in a much better place, a place where I am sure he already feels at homw.

Becca said...

What a beautiful post -- you are in my prayers!

Becca~TimeWellSpent said...

Your post was beautiful! Sounds like he was a wonderful man and I'm so happy for you that you were there with him when he passed. Praying for you and your family!

♥Kim said...

Lauren my heart is with you all on your loss! I'm sorry to here this, but like you said it's a beautiful thing to know there in heaven! I lost my grandfather a month before my son was born, he was in so much pain but God took his pain away & we know he's in a much better place! In Peace with God!

Your in my prayers sweety! ♥

Harris Family said...

I just got chills reading your post! Truly beautiful!!! How do people make it through such hard times without a hope in Jesus?! I am so sad for your loss...I know how hard it is. But, I am so happy for your grandpa. He is alive and well and living it up with His Savior! I just sad a prayer for you and your family!