My Last Conversation with Dad

By now, most of you know that my dad passed away on the morning of January 1st, 2012.

Another friend, whose mother passed away this last summer from Alzheimer’s, wrote that he believed his mother was singing away in Heaven, and now she remembered all the words.

My friend Deb wrote that the thing about Alzheimer’s was that you lose a parent twice–first to the disease, second to the grave.   

All so true.

When I told my friend Kim, her first response was: “The first blessing of the new year. Your dad is HOME.”

I am so grateful for my dad, for so many reasons. And grateful to God that Dad is released from a ravaging illness that had cost him so much. Grateful that I will see him again, fully restored. “First off, you must not carry on over them like people who have nothing to look forward to, as if the grave were the last word. Since Jesus died and broke loose from the grave, God will most certainly bring back to life those who died in Jesus”(1 Thessalonians 4:13, the Message).

So, Dad, I’m looking forward to our next conversation. I love you!


About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Gina says:

    The death of a loved one is sad but happy. Sad because they are gone from us, but happy because of where they are and we WILL see them again!! Love and prayers to you.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Suzanne, Again i am sorry for your loss but its heavens gain. I said when my mom passed in April last year that God needed another angel and so now he has another one to sing in his choir. Cherish the memories and know he is in a better place. Praying for you daily. Blessings.

  3. Mocha with Linda says:

    As Christians, losing a loved one who has suffered with Alzheimer's is truly a mixed blessing. You truly do grieve their loss before their death, and yet you grieve again when the time comes to bury their body, while at the same time rejoicing that they are once again whole. How comforting that we do not grieve like those who have no hope!

    Continuing to walk this road with you from afar! Hugs.

  4. Katie says:

    God's promises are true. I have lost both of my parents but I know that I will see them again one day. Always keep the special memories close to your heart because no one can take those away from you. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Love & Prayers~~Katie

  5. dianneconner says:

    when my Pop passed i felt an empty hole and a sense of peace and closure in one mess of emotions. Consequently, I know both my mom and pop are with me…in my heart and soul. Really, those you love don't really die..their spirits just soar to a more perfect place!
    peace, sweet Suzanne and to all the family.

  6. Donita says:

    Again I am sorry for your loss but as many before me have said its Heavens Gain and maybe all of our parents are meeting.I like to think that they are all watching out for us as well.Sending love your way

  7. Nancy says:

    A happy, sad occasion. My prayers are with you and your family.

  8. Carrie Pagels says:

    Yes, he is walking the streets of gold as are my mom and dad. It is still hard for us – we miss our loved ones so. Praying for you and your family. Sometimes the grandkids are the ones hardest hit it seems.

  9. karenk says:

    suzanne, just wanted to let you know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  10. Irva Neff says:

    There is a star shining brighter in the heavens as your dad has joined others in THE PERFECT PLACE.


    My love and blessings surround you and your family.


  11. Amy says:

    Sweet…and encouraging Suzanne.