Sunday, February 9, 2014

Goodbye, Sherri

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this blog post.   I've just returned home following three days of being together with my parents, my two brothers and their families, and numerous other relatives and friends.

I got the call to "come down now" early on Thursday morning.  I had a feeling the news was not good. My sister-in-law Sherri had been taken to the emergency room several days prior to that, and was having a heartbreaking struggle just to breathe.

Sherri had fought breast cancer which was diagnosed six years ago.  Following an extensive chemotherapy schedule of treatment, at the end of five years she was given the "Congratulations, you are cancer free" pronouncement.  We all celebrated with her upon hearing her good news.

It probably wasn't more than a month later that she discovered a new lump.  The cancer had apparently metastasized to other areas of her body, making itself known by several lumps.

Again, various regimens of treatment were pursued and applied.  The lumps, one in particular, over time deteriorated her ability to breathe comfortably.  In the end, her loved ones suffered along with her as they watched her suffer.

It is a solemn and humbling experience to be with a loved one as she passes on from this world to the next.  From a momentary home here on this earth, to another eternal home.  We think we have so much time, but in reality, what do we really know?

Sherri suffered and died from cancer, a disease that just seems to ravage so many, and leave so many saddened family members behind.

Her husband, my brother Chris, told me moments after she died that he just thought they had more time.

Her twelve year old son, Luke, will have to eventually process and come to grips with the reality that his mom won't be coming back.

I will miss Sherri, and I will grieve for my brother as he misses his wife.  I will grieve for my parents for having to watch their youngest child experience such lost.  I will grieve for Luke, who will not be able to share some of his life's biggest moments with his mother.

I will pray that those with the resources and knowledge can soon find a cure for this vicious disease, a killer that takes away too many loved ones way too soon.

And I will give thanksgiving that in the end, there is hope.  I believe there is a forever and ever life available to those who have put their faith in the only one who has ever defeated death, Jesus Christ.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord."  (Romans 6:23)   Sherri believed this to be true.

We will all miss Sherri deeply, but thankfully her suffering is over, and she has moved on to a far better place.

That is my comfort.


  1. My condolences, also. It is hard to loose a loved-one and I am sure she is in a much better place and you will all be rejoicing together in the future.

  2. Our sincere sympathies to you and Sherri's entire family.

    Amen...there is only peace and comfort in our Dear Lord's hands.

  3. We also want to offer our sympathies to you and the whole family. She fought a brave battle and now is resting in peace with no pain in our Father's arms. I pray He will wrap His arms around you and offer comfort and the knowledge of an eternal life.