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By Poetry by Deborah
Saturday, November 23, 2002
This is a story about the loss of my dear, and best friend Arlene Leona Crossen. She died on February 9, 2000 at 8:10 pm as I held her hand. We had been friends for almost 20 years. We raised our children together, shared our heartaches...and played Bingo. She was only 43 and left behind 3 beautiful daughters and scores of people who loved her.
Arlene had cancer and was told that they felt it had been metastizing inside of her body for more than a year (yet, no symptoms until the last 2-3 months). But by then it was far too late. When her left lung collapsed she was sent to the hospital (I work in this hospital), by her GP for a CT of her chest. At the time, her GP tried to reassure her and told her it was probably nothing too, too serious. Within a matter of hours they had found it everywhere they looked, and Arlene was diagnosed and gone within three weeks. She did not suffer terribly, her courage and her surrender, to this day, not only inspired me, but...left me with no fear of death.
When we found out her terminal diagnosis, I began my prayers in earnest. I asked the Lord to please allow me the gift of seeing Him take my best friend home. Well, as all prayers are answered, he granted me this wish. Ten minutes before her physical body left, as I held her hand to my forehead, with my eyes closed, in prayer...I saw the most exquisite blue-white wings wrap her in His beautiful love and lift her up to begin the journey home. An added gift...He allowed me the opportunity to look at her and say "goodbye my friend - I will always remember you. You were so loved."
I have not shared this experience with many because, as you know, a lot of people would think it crazy...you can't see things like that here! Ah, but yes, dear friends, you can - "Ask and it shall be given."
While I realize that in this physical world there is so much sorrow and heartache we experience with the loss of a loved one; it was a beautiful thing to witness. If you can call upon God's precious Love, the experience of witnessing a peaceful death, can be one of the most beautiful spiritual experiences one will ever know. I will always remember the beauty He showed me, I will forever remember Arlene's terrific sense of humour and her kindness. And I will miss her presence at Bingo too.
She helped many, many homeless and poor children and adults throughout her life. She had received many awards for her outstanding volunteer work in this area.
So, this is my tribute to and my remebrance of a friend I took for granted - and my only regret, as the human I am, is that I did not appreciate how important she had been in my life.
This piece was written for her the night before she died, and I could never show her because as long as there is life there is hope. I read it at her "Celebration of Her Life."
Farewell My Friend
Farewell to you, goodbye my friend,
Hardships you've known, you've seen.
And now you leave to rest with God
in His kingdom filled with dreams.
No more will you feel loneliness,
nor hurt within your life,
A whole new world, a spirit life;
A brand new, peaceful start.
He'll place your Love within His hands
and carry you through your pain;
And when you awaken by His side
you'll understand all things.
You'll watch over us from God's world
and whisper in our hearts,
How beautiful and forgiving
as he promised from the start.
And when I think about you
in my days upon this earth,
I'll remember that I learned from you
a true friend's sacred worth.
For Arlene Leona Crossen, October 14, 1957 - February 9, 2000
You are now among the angels, and you watch over those you love.
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|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|A fine tribute as well as a testimonial of faith, Deborah. Thank you for sharing your respectful and meaningful account. Love and blessings to you,
|Reviewed by m j hollingshead
|Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
|"Arlene's Passing" is a very touching story. A friendship that stood the test of time, felt the last sigh and reborn in the psychobiology of a friend's heart.
I have learned a lesson of togetherness and love.
I Salute the Author of "Arlene's Passing".
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
|Reviewed by J. Emily Foster
|This is a beautiful tribute for your friend, Arlene. i know just how you felt. I took my friend Jo's pulse for the last time and called the doctor to tell him she had gone home to be with Jesus. About twelve hours before, she had called me to her bedside and asked, " Can you see them? There are Pa, Mother, Marg, Helen, Don and Jim. They're all dressed up and ready for the party. They are waiting for me to join the." These were her parents, sister and brother who were alreay in Heaven. It are less that twelve hours later that she did join them and I felt the fluttering of the angels wings are they guided her home to Heaven.
|Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
|This is an amazingly beautiful write!
|Reviewed by Jack Roberts
This is such a beautiful though sad story. Arlene was very blessed in this life to have a friend like you.
|Reviewed by Vicky Jeter
Precious, precious testimony! I realize the truth of your experience--I have had similar ones, and am left in pure awe. The beauty of it is, more people are sharing their stories freely now--now is a time for all Spiritual revealings of the heart, I believe. Love Vicky