For Mom

Today we laid my dear mother Lakadia (Kay) Jorgenson (née Sommer) to rest. She died on October 2, 2013 at the age of 84 years. Her four children were at her side and she died in peace. Mom was someone who loved to cook for, care for and welcome others. She taught me lessons I am still learning and for her I wrote the following which was printed on her funeral card.

Tenaciously
her chest rises, falls
breathing in, breathing out
bearing witness to the glory of the
Lord who succored this sojourner from
Poland to Ponoka and points in between:
Pier 21, New Sarepta, Edmonton, Wilson Siding.
She mirrored mother earth in giving birth – groaning
in travail as she awaited the day of groaning no more. In
faith she stitched service into socks and kindness into afghans.
In hope she sowed compassion among beans and barley and berries.
Lovingly she kneaded care into bread that fed family, friends, and
wayfarers too. With a soft grace she tended Ken until his end
and then, at hers, Your wings wrapped her round as
her breath wound down – like a butterfly slowing
its beating wings into a posture of prayer.
At the last, Holy Breath, You took
her to Your breast where You
held, where You hold her
tenaciously.

Love, Allen

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22 thoughts on “For Mom

  1. Denise Hisey says:

    What a tender and loving tribute to your mom, Allen. She sounds like a very wonderful woman who touched many lives. I’m sorry for your family’s loss; thank you for sharing this with us.

  2. farminarian says:

    A wonderful gift, both for those who knew her, and those who did not. Thanks. May you find a sense of shalom as you journey through this valley.

  3. Marie Taylor says:

    Beautifully said. A wonderful tribute. She’ll be waiting in joy,

    • agjorgenson says:

      Yes. At the graveside the undertaker invited the great grandchildren to take a flower from the setting on the casket. It was one of the most joyful thing I have ever seen: little ones streaming from the casket with flowers in tow!

  4. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem and tribute to your mother. I’m sorry for your loss.

  5. dianerivers says:

    What lovely words; what a well lived life – and how appropriate that you tagged this with”celebration”. Thank you for sharing, Allen. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    • agjorgenson says:

      Many thanks Diane. She will be missed but as I have said to others: those dear to us still show up in many and various ways even thought they have gone on to be with the Lord.

  6. shoreacres says:

    What a tender and unutterably beautiful tribute. I’m sorry for your loss, but her love for her family and yours for her will live on. Shalom.

  7. vidajay says:

    Alan, My deepest condolences on the death of your beloved mother, Kay. Your loving butterfly winged words – a fitting tribute to her memory.

  8. Rob Fennell says:

    Beautiful, Allen – thanks.

  9. held and hold. Amen and amen, in blessing, Allen.

  10. jannatwrites says:

    That was such a lovely poem, it brought tears to my eyes. I’m sorry for your loss. It’s never easy to let go of our loved ones when the time comes.

  11. agjorgenson says:

    Thanks you, and yes it is hard to let go. Letting go and waiting are the two big tasks in both life and death.

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