Breaking for grief

Jean Basinger Schumacher with her youngest great-grandchild, Willen Basinger. Photo taken the day before her 91st birthday.

I am taking a break from Generous Matters as my husband and I walk with his mother, Jean Helen Habeggar Basinger Schumacher, during her last hours in this life.

Even as we and my husband’s siblings grieve the loss the family is facing, we rejoice that the constant pain with which she’s lived for several years will soon be over. Any hour now, she will be home with the God she loves, dancing through the streets of Heaven, free from her walker, transport chair, and scooter.

My mother-in-law has been the heart and anchor of a beautifully blended family, keeping tabs with three generations via her iPad, Facebook, and Skype. She is legend around her hometown of Bluffton, OH and among her far-flung progeny as a techno-savvy granny. Here’s hoping the mansion that’s been prepared for her includes access to a strong Internet connection.


  1. Rebekah, blessings to you and the whole family during this time.
    Doug Luginbill

  2. Thank you, Doug. We are deeply grateful for the wonderful care Mother has received at Maple Crest and now at Mennonite Memorial Home. Several folks from Maple Crest have stopped in see Mother and to tell us how much they’ve enjoyed knowing her.

  3. Rebekah, TJ and I are praying for your family and God’s peace as you take this journey together.

  4. Praying for you and your family, Rebekah. Just today I was thinking about how much I miss my grandparents – yet it’s such a blessing to know they’re in heaven and free of their earthly pain. May God ease her journey to her heavenly mansion and ease the pain your hearts will bear.

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