What a privilege it is to walk a loved one to the gates of Heaven and know it will be but a blink before we unite once again. The heartbreak is unavoidable but the peace and known salvation; a gift paid by Christ alone. A large hole has been left in the Halbrooks family as Mom was the centerpiece. She passed away peacefully at 10:30 this morning.
We value the gift you have all been for us. You have carried us through what Dad referred to as the toughest five weeks in his 74 years. Death is hard, but only because love is deep. It breaks you to pieces and leaves a hole that can only be filled by the promise of eternal life. Heartbreak asks us not to look for an alternative path because there is no alternative path. It is an introduction to what we love and have loved, something and someone who has been with us all along, asking us to be ready for the ultimate understanding – until we meet again.
Thank you for each prayer lifted in Mom’s name and walking side by side us in this journey none of us wanted to take. As the body of Christ on earth, you have been with us each step of the way. Our gratitude is real and extends to each of you.
Through the course of the weekend, we each had the gift of visiting with Mom to say goodbye. Although very difficult, it gave us all a heaven-sent peace. She leaves us with the gift of her faith. This morning, Dad was the last to say goodbye. He thanked her for being his wife, drew a cross on her forehead and gave her one last kiss. Death will part but love will remain.
Linda (Lin) Griffin Halbrooks
September 22, 1947 – January 31, 2021
Arrangements for both Kirk and Lin will be forthcoming.