View from Mother’s Window

May 19, 2011

in Nature

snow-covered tree outside mother's window

February 8, 2011, The Day my Mother Passed Away

“I truly felt the magnificent presence of God in the day my mother passed away at age 93. This photo captures the beauty of God’s presence in nature. It was the view from my mother’s nursing home window and taken that day. What also struck me were the many animals that suddenly appeared around noontime. There was a woodpecker, a flock of birds that fluttered outside her window, and squirrels scurrying about, one of whose footprints can be seen in the snow leading up to the tree. It was as if St. Francis of Assisi, her favorite saint, was speaking to her and letting us know that she would be okay. She is sorely missed and remembered every day. Her passing was one of the most spiritually moving moments of my life.”

Submitted by Rosemary.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Bob May 19, 2011 at 9:39 am

Thank you for the beautiful picture and the even more beautiful sharing about your mother’s death. Even though I’m a dad and a grandfather, the death of a mother is “different.” Your sharing helped to underscore that.


Rosemary May 19, 2011 at 11:30 pm

You’re welcome, Bob. And thank you for your comment….so true.


jo May 19, 2011 at 10:04 am

With timidity i may say that death becomes natural here! God cllas evryone to his abode, sometimes it becomes “relational”.we have to submit to His will.


Margaret May 19, 2011 at 10:23 am

Rosemary, I love what you have written about your mother’s death, and the beautiful view from her room that you have shared with us. I visited Assisi, and it was a place where it seemed like St Francis still wandered, so I don’t find it surprising he was around when your mother passed on. Peace to you.


Rosemary May 19, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Thank you, Margaret. My parents traveled to Europe and now I am wondering if they visited Assisi. I’m going to look for the answer to that question by looking their old travel photos.


Mabet May 19, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Thank you for sharing your beautiful experience. I could almost ‘see’ nature and the animals as you described them… and feel your inner peace.
I had a similar experience when my father passed away almost 10 years ago… as if through nature God broke through and soothed my sadness and confusion.
I was never the same after that moment.


Rosemary May 19, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Yes, so true. Never the same after that moment.


Rich Detskas May 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm

My mother passed away 9 years ago in springtime, her favorite season. To this day when I see azaleas in full bloom and robins (she loved birds), I think of her…gifts from God of her presence. I know you mother has a special place in your heart, mine too.


Rosemary May 19, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Thanks Rich. I loved your mother like my own Mother. I will always miss her too. And yes, when I see a robin I think of her. She was a beautiful person inside and out.


Denise May 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Rosemary, thank you for sharing your story with us here.


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