A Mother’s Journey to Heaven

I would dare say Mom’s journey to Heaven began the night of Wednesday, December 28, 2022, when she quit breathing in the ambulance before it ever left the parking lot of her apartments. She was put on a ventilator that night and remained on it until January 1. We discovered she had a massive heart attack, multiple strokes, and a large hematoma in her leg (among other issues). On Thursday, January 5, the doctor recommended hospice care as the prognosis was very short. My mom stated clearly that she desired that path, and we made the transition from the hospital to a hospice facility the next day.

As Mom began to tie up the loose ends that day, I saw her begin to make her exit from this old world with such grace. Other family from out of state came in the next day. She was alert and soaking in those moments.

The most beautiful thing happened the day we transferred to hospice care. A week before she went to the hospital, she talked about her fears in relation to death. On the day she chose hospice, she told my wife, “I’m not afraid anymore.”

After most of the family went back to their homes out of state, Mom began to transition. That Wednesday night, I felt like death was imminent. During the 3:00 hour on Friday, January 13, all her earthly troubles vanished. I haven’t seen that peaceful look on her face in years.

For now, we grieve. Not for her, but for ourselves. One thing I know, Heaven seems a little bit sweeter now.

Janet Winters (1957-2023)

16 responses to “A Mother’s Journey to Heaven”

  1. My condolences. God’s Peace.

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    1. Thank you so much, Carole!


  2. Sir, my prayers remain with you and your beautiful family Many hopes for so great a comfort that years become laughter at some precious memory Blessings

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    1. Thank you so much, Gloria!


  3. So sorry your Mom is no longer here with you Matthew. Condolences to you and your entire family.

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    1. Thank you, Alan! Praying all is well with you.


      1. Hey man, new life, our daughter had their 1st child, a son, in the fall, and our son had their 1st child, a daughter, a month ago. Our first grandkids!

        Thanks for praying, it’s a big all, but there’s peace and life in Christ. I’m walking with some guys who are dealing with similar history, it’s better enjoying the good God’s working in us thru our brokenness than looking for the perfection in ourselves that was never there.

        It’s been awhile, keep well. Nothing replaces a mom, I’m praying for you that the good in remembering heals the hurt.

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      2. I’m rejoicing with you over the birth of grandkids and the ways God is using you.


  4. Thank you for sharing her journey with us. I know we grieve the loss of pit parents as I did mine. However, the things God allowed me to see and the power of His presence has never been stronger and that peace you speak of is so amazing. I know that your mother is praising Jesus now. I pray for peace and comfort as you continue your journey through these difficult times.

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! I agree that God’s grace and peace has never been more real to me than it is now.


  5. So very sorry for your loss.

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  6. My Condolences to you Pastor Winter & your family. 🙏🏾📖🕊️😇

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  7. I am sorry for your loss, Matthew.

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