Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Rest in Peace

Cradled to heaven between the arms of Mary Immaculately Conceived (Dec. 8) and Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12), my beautiful grandmother, Pauline Anne Wassell, passed away this morning. +++

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her...


My grandmother lived a very good life. With my grandfather she enjoyed times of prosperity and endured times of poverty. But she accepted everything with great love. You know, I'm sure she had faults and vices just like the rest of us. She bore Original Sin, just like the rest of us. But I never witnessed any fault or vice in her. Not one. I feel so privileged to be her granddaughter.

She died a very peaceful death. For the last five years she has suffered from Alzheimer's disease, and earlier this year was diagnosed with cancer. She has been declining slowly, but ever so gracefully these past few months and I got to visit her bedside only weeks ago. It was the most beautiful visit with her I've ever encountered, even though she only said a few words.

In October her own son and my uncle, Father John, administered the Sacrament of the Sick in the presence of all her children. And last night after having flown in from the East Coast he anointed her again, on the eve of her death. All her children, including my father, are with her now. I really can't think of a more perfect, peaceful, grace-filled passing than hers. Thank you, Jesus.

Please offer prayers for her, for the consolation of her loved ones, and prayers in thanksgiving for her beautiful life and merciful death.

32 comments:

Hallie said...

Our prayers will be with your grandmother and with your entire family. What a blessing it is to have had such a beautiful woman in your life. God bless you all!

Matilda said...

So sorry for your loss, Kristen. You are a beautiful testimony to the loveliness of your grandmother!

Michelle said...

May she rest in peace.

Jamie said...

Oh, so sorry for your loss. To lose someone who has always been there is SO hard. What a beautiful death and what a blessing she was/is to all.

She and you are in my prayers!

Mimi said...

Oh no, hon. I am so, so sorry. May her Memory be Eternal.

Mrs Pea said...

Praying for her and for your family.

Blair said...

My deep sympathies to your family and my prayers for you all. May her sweet soul travel quickly to her heavenly home! What a beautiful example to us she is!

Meredith said...

Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, praying for her soul and for your peace with her passing.

Cheryl M. said...

Kristen, I am sorry for your loss. Just today I was thinking about how much I miss my own grandmother - how I would love to visit with her again. I will be praying for the repose of your grandmother's soul and for peace for your family.

Cheryl said...

Kristin, I'm sorry for your loss and I will pray.

Jennifer said...

I'm so sorry. We will keep you all in our prayers.

Anonymous said...

I said the divine mercy chaplet for her today on the way home from the hospital.
Love Carol

Maria said...

I'm so sorry. I know how special grandmothers are.

Colleen said...

Prayers for you in your time of grief.

Diane said...

What a beautiful tribute to your grandmother and her great love. Please know that she will be in my prayers, as well as all who love her, especially you, dear Kristen. May God be with you.

scmom (Barbara) said...

My deepest sympathy for your loss, Kristen.

Carmen L. said...

I will offer my rosary for your family today.

Elizabeth said...

May your loving memories of her always be a blessing, a joy and a comfort to you.
May her memory be eternal, and may God grant you and your family comfort.

Kimberlee said...

I am very sorry for the loss of your beloved grandmother. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on her life and death with us. May good St. Joseph grant all of us such a peaceful and blessed death.

Julie said...

Praying for your grandmother... and for you and your family.

Jeannine said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss, Kristen. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family.

Jill said...

Sorry for your loss, Kristen. May she rest in peace.

Mary Poppins NOT said...

May her memory be eternal!

Jane Ramsey said...

Prarying for your dear grandmother's soul, and for all your family, Kristen.

stephanie said...

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for your grandmother and your family.

Rebecca said...

Kristen, I am so sorry. I will be praying for your family during this sad time. Love, Rebecca

KC said...

Kristen, I'm just getting around to this. May your grandmother rest in peace. Praying for your family.

Jennifer F. said...

What a beautiful post. She is in my prayers.

J.C. said...

Belated condolences, Kristen. May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

Karen E. said...

Oh, dear Kristen, please accept my belated condolences on the death of your beautiful grandmother. My prayers for the repose of her soul and for your entire family, dear.

Courageous Grace said...

My belated condolences on your loss. My great-grandmother passed away in her sleep on Dec. 12th, so I understand your loss. Your description of your grandmother is lovely and your family is in my prayers.

Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

What a beautiful testament to your dear, dear grandmother.

Pur prayers are with you.

What a Merry Christmas she will have this year.