A note from Amy…

Posted on: April 18th, 2011 by Amy Grant 368 Comments

(Some of you have emailed with questions about why Vince and Amy recently pulled out of the James Taylor concert at Carnegie Hall schedule for April 20th.  I thought it best you hear directly from Amy….)

My mom is currently under hospice care and living at our home.

We believe she is in her final days.

A good death is made possible because of a life well lived.

I so appreciate this time of family togetherness honoring my amazing mother.

Prayers are welcome…

xo

  • Kim Ponder

    I pray this time for your family is filled with a comfort, love and peace that will sustain you in the difficult days ahead. As I care for my precious 45 year-old husband with stage IV brain cancer, I understand the importance of family togetherness when it appears this earthly life is drawing nigh. For us we cling to the same eternal hope as your family. Through the last 20 months of my husband’s illness, and through the highs and lows, I have often reflected on your song “Beautiful.”

    God bless your family as you share precious time with your mother.

    Kim Ponder
    Griffin, GA

  • Diane Haupt

    Hi Amy,
    I am sorry to hear about your mother. My father is going through Hospice right now. I can imagine the pain you are going through. I hope you, your family and most of all you mother can find peace and comfort. I will keep you in my prayers. Blessings!
    Diane Haupt

  • Trish Bailey

    Your mom blessed us with you. I am so glad she can be surrounded by family. I have experienced a loved one going home ( my grandma). Knowing she was going to see grandpa and Jesus’s face made it so much more bearable. Just think about your song “Imagine”, she won’t have to anymore. My prayers are with you. May God grant you the comfort that passes all understanding.

  • Sandy Glavin

    Praying for your Mom, as well as, you and your family!

  • Debbie

    Dear Amy, so sorry to hear about your mom. It is a blessing to be able to take care of her and be with her at this time and as my heart aches for you, your family and her I will keep you close through prayer. I lost my mom 1/27/11, then was with her cousin the day after the funeral for her last 32 hours of life in an unexpected tragic death. After that my father had brain surgery and went into cardiac arrest. He is now in nursing care with a weak heart and low kidney function. God has seen me through leaving me with an extra sensitive caring for others going through difficut times of loss. After seeing you in Pittsburgh Pa I bought your cd and recall your song in which you mentioned your mom and it touched me deeply. God is with you.
    In Him
    Debbie

  • http://www.debbiehupp.com Debbie Hupp

    I will not profess to know how you feel, but I remember my own feelings attending to my mother, along with hospice assistance just two years ago…may you all find comfort and peace from a life well lived and well loved.

  • Steve Mahofski

    Thoughts and prayers….

  • http://yahoo Karen Sites

    My Thoughts and Prayer’s are with your Mom and Dad, and with you and your family.
    Regretfully, I know all to well what you and your family are going through, Last May 12,2010
    I brought my Mom home from the hospital for the last time, I had to make the agonizing decision to have Hospice come in to help with my Mom as well as their services that were there for me and my family. Those last day’s were very hard for me and our family, there were day’s when I would look at my husband and ask him (How can I do this ?) How do I watch my mother slowly fading away with each day ? How do I sit and hold her precious hand, without breaking down ? These were all questions that I would ask each and every day, I would pray for God to give me the strength to continue this journey, On May 26,2010
    God decided that it was almost time to call her home, The pastor came, another pastor came and the Hospice chaplain also, They said that I needed to tell her that it was okay for her to go, that I would be okay until we meet again, I felt that a weight had been placed on my heart, How could I possibly tell her that it was time, that she could go and be with Jesus ? I put on a christain cd and I listened to Amazing Grace and other songs that my mother loved to listen to, and sat by her bed and I cried like I’ve never cried before,and finally I was able to softly tell her that she could let go and go with Jesus that I would be okay, I walked out of her room with my Daughter, My Daughter went back into her room, for something and she had quietly passed away, I thought that my heart would explode from the pain I felt, I am so thankful that one of the pastors was here with us,to pray with us, while we stood around her bed to say Good-Bye and to hold her in my arms before the hearse came to take her away, My Mom always said that she wanted to be buried by her Mom and Dad and Sister, in Kentucky. I live in South Carolina and she had lived with me and my husband for 11 years, So, it was almost 500 miles to Kentucky, and I always told her that no matter what We would make arrangements to get her there, on that beautiful hillside by her Mom and Dad and little Sister, and we did …. There was 3 songs that she had requested to be played at her Funeral ~ Amazing Grace ~ Will The Circle Be Unbroken ~ Go Rest High On That Mountain~ sung by your husband Vince Gill….How she loved that song, and she is with the Angels singing in Heaven and Heaven is so much Sweeter with Her there… Oh…How I still miss her…If only I could hold her just one more time and tell her How much that I love her… God Bless You and your Family…

  • Mary Ellen

    Dear Amy and Family:

    Thank you for sharing this difficult news with us. This is such a challenging, yet sacred time. When I saw you in Boston, I asked you to pray for my adopted “Paw Paw” Donald from Louisiana who is also under hospice care. (We met because of your music and it meant a lot to know that you would pray for him and his wife Doris aka “Granny”.) We are now also praying with you and your family. God bless your momma and all those who love her.
    In Gratitude and prayer:
    Mary Ellen

  • http://www.facebook.com/mickswampole Michelle

    Prayers being said.
    May God bless and be with you all.

  • Lisa

    Amy, I will be praying for you and your family.
    Your mom has blessed us with you and your music and rich heritage of family.
    We love you and will keep you close to our hearts and prayers.
    Lisa

  • SANDI

    Dear Amy and your dear Family,
    The impending passing of your Mother touches my heart. Such a difficult time so filled with happy memories and sad realizations is giving you a rare opportunity to express and enjoy the lasing love of a Mother who guided and supported over the years. May our Heavenly Father, His Loving Son, Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit lift you and yours up to feel the love flooding down from Them and drifting to you from those, all around, whose lives you have touched.
    Thank you for sharing your growth and faith in the Lord, our God, over the years. You will all be in our prayers for strength, support and comfort for now and years to come.

  • Mary Dibble

    I lost my beloved mom six years ago and the pain of that loss [and the loss of my dad just five months before] is still there. My prayers are with you and your family. God bless you and your family.

  • Vivian

    Hello Amy,
    You are very strong woman sharing about your mother.
    I am currently at the Philippines, but I am from California and one of your follower since 80′s.
    I heard the news from K-love.com (listen online) about what you dealing right now with your mom. I know how difficult watching at you mom’s bed-side, but I would say you are lucky witnessing her last moment, while on my part, I never got a chance to see my mom, I only talked with her a week before mother’s day not knowing that was our last conversation.
    My thoughts and prayers……. and God Bless…..

    In His Name,
    Vivian

  • Melissa Jepson

    Dear Amy and Family
    My prayers go out to you during this difficult time. I always like this verse when I go through times like this “God is our refuge and strength a present help in time of troubles.”. May God watch over you and give peace to your mom.
    God Bless
    Melissa

  • Terry Maldonado

    Amy…praying for you. My mom lived with me as she was under hospice care…it was hard yet some of my most treasured memories. Embrace every minute and love one another through the journey. May God comfort you all through this time.

  • Lynn

    Dear Amy & family:

    “With each memory let our hearts be reminded that nothing can ever take away the beauty we have known for LOVE remains a part of us forever.” Flavia

    Hold fast to your wonderful memories of your Mom. Praying for peace and comfort for all of you in the days to come.

    Blessings, Lynn

  • Nancy London

    Amy,
    What a light Gloria was to me when I first moved to Nashville. She selfishly took time to encourage me as I faced some of the toughest trials of my life raising a difficult teenage daughter. She knew all about raising girls and she was so willing to share Godly advice. I appreciate her so much. And, you are right, she lived her life well. We can all take solace in that and trust that her legacy will be one that leaves us all striving to live our lives for others. My prayers are with you and Vince (and your sweet sisters) during this time.
    Love,
    Nancy

  • Garry Collett

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Diane Couillard

    Amy,
    Thinking of all of you at this tough time.

  • Dianna Gilbert

    Dear Amy,
    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I am in a singing group, and we sing a song called, ‘Winner Either Way’. Beautiful song. I dedicate that song to you, in honor of your mother. I pray for you and your family. May God wrap his loving arms around you and hold you close to him. God bless you.

    To know someone you love will be in heaven with no sickness, no hurting, no pain, to be standing in the presence of Jesus. To walk with him, hand in hand. To finally see him and kneel at his feet. Oh what day that will be. May God our heavenly father, our Papa-God, bless you and keep you.

    I believe that we will be with all of our loved ones who have gone on before REAL soon. I believe that Jesus is getting his horse and that Eastern Cloud ready to come for us.
    May God give you peace of mind in the name of Jesus, during your time of need.

    Love you ♥
    God bless,
    Dianna

  • Peggy

    As you go through these days by your Mother’s side, you have confidence knowing you will see her again in Heaven. That is such a wonderful gift God has given us who believe on Him. In prayer, I ask the Holy Spirit to guide you minute by minute and give you peace through these days and the days to follow. Also, that God will strengthen you, Vince and your sisters through this valley in your lives, and we know He will for He commands us to ask and we shall receive. Yours in Christ Jesus

  • Melanie

    Hi Amy,

    I’m so encouraged that you have chosen to stay close to your mom at this time. I have followed your music for many years now — often comparing our lives. Not that I have a life in the spot light but we are the same age and I found your music has often described where I am in my own life and walk of faith. And now, like you, I find myself taking care of my aging and ill mother — grieving the void that is inevitably coming. She’s been the one constant in my life no matter where I was in the world or what I was doing. So, as I cherish these last days with my mom, I will be praying for you and yours as well.

    Sincerely,
    Melanie Linn

  • Stephanie Meyer

    Dear Amy,
    I just wanted to let you know I am praying for you and your family. I have been a follower of your music since the early 1980′s. God has used your music and voice to see me through some of my darkest nights. I know he is with you and your family. How blessed you are to be with her at this time. I know God will give you the peace that he has used your music to give me through the years.

    May God bless and keep you,
    Stephanie

  • Connie

    Amy,

    Please know that I totally understand. My mother went under hospice care the middle of January 2011 and passed away from a brain tumor on Feb. 23, 2011. My most precious moment, other than the birth of my children, was being at my mom’s side for her final breaths. Take all the time you need. Be there. You will never regret it.

  • http://ShirahSongMusic.com SHIRAH

    Dear Amy,

    May the Comforter come upon and blanket with amazing peace and strength as you comfort your mom. As you do, I believe you will really see and experience the Comforter “coloring your days” with colors that will make this season of time in ways to see Him with you as you’ve never seen before….

    In His mighty Love,
    Shirah

  • http://henhousefitness.com Rebecca Hendrixson

    It’s what we do.
    Rebecca/HenHouse Fitness

  • David

    My prayers are with you. I am a hospice Chaplain and I understand right where you are now. I understand it even more having lost both parents. Your words about a “good death” are so true. I see many each day who do not have this peace as they, or their loved one faces their final days. I’m so thankful you have this time as a family. Treasure each moment, as I know you will. God bless you.
    David
    Anniston, Alabama

  • http://amygrant.com Mark Albertina

    Dear Amy,
    My prayers are with you and your family. I’m a Clinical Social Worker for a hospice in Illinois. I know you are in good hands. Everyone (families and patients) always ask me how I can work with people that will be dying. I tell them, its because of the love, history, strength and their love for God that they teach me. Also, to be able to share my faith, that it isn’t the doctors, nurses or me that can control how long their family member will be with them. Its when God decides its their time. Then I tell them, this is what god wants me to do. I know God is there and I believe she knows you and the family are there. May God be with you and your family and I know he is sitting and talking to your mom.

    God bless, Mark

  • Georgette Smith McPherson

    I was reminded of Mimi as I was watching a youtube video of you, for the “Circle of Love’ special that you did, and how you said, “I wonder when I will get to hear Mimi laugh again”. Well, I know you have to wait longer to hear her, but now your mom will be up there laughing with her. I pray that you will be able to hear them laughing together in your spirit, whenever you think about them. I know I think about my mother quite often, and I always hear her laughter! I pray this is an encouragement to you!
    Love you Amy!

  • http://www.crossyourts.blogspot.com Kelly H-Y

    Oh, I am so very sorry. I am so glad to hear you are all together with her. I loved your words … ‘a good death is made possible by a life well lived’. My family and I will be praying for you and your family.
    Kelly

  • Lora Lee

    Prayers are with you!

  • Janet Halsey

    Amy and family;
    Although this is a difficult time for you, may you find comfort in the togetherness it brings you. The world will stop for the moments you share. You’ll have no regrets.

  • Bruce Koblish

    Our prayers are with you, Amy, and your whole family. In the days ahead may you be able to embrace the hope that is found in our loving Father and experience the peace that comes from Him alone. Cherish these days, as I know you will. Your Mom is in God’s hands as we each are every single day.

    You have touched all of us for so many years and now we surround you with our love and our prayers, that God will be more real to you now than He has ever been before.

    Bruce and Julie

  • Mary Fidlin

    So sorry to hear of your mom, but how wonderful for you all to be together. I pray that you will be comforted by all the wonderful memories of her. I still hear my mom’s voice and her laugh (she’s been gone eight years now), and I, too, have many wonderful memories. We have an awesome Heavenly home awaiting us, where we’ll be reunited with our loved ones someday. God bless you, Amy, and your family.

  • Charlotte

    Amy, you are in our thoughts and prayers. It is never easy to lose a loved one. Take care, be strong!!! Charlotte

  • Joey Traughber

    Saying a prayer for your mother and your family. God Bless.

  • Dawn Wright

    Amy and Vince,
    Hoping you will feel The Holy Spirit envelope you and give you peace during this time..

  • Dee Craig

    Dear Amy and Vince & family:

    I am so sorry to hear about Amy’s mom — I have been a fan of Amy’s for many, many years — not saying how long — that would really date me!

    No, am sorry you have to go through this but am so glad she is staying with you guys — my sister and I took care of our mom that way — she’s been gone 13 years now — but there is NO WAY I would take back that time — it means so much to us now and I KNOW, Amy, that you will also be so glad you had this time with her in the future.

    AND, you WILL see her again — there is no doubt on that! God never gives us more than we can handle, and even though your sorrow is very great now, you will be glad to have these memories in the future.

    Know my prayers are with you — God bless you much in the days ahead.

    Dee Craig

  • Suzette Connell

    Amy, for all the beauty your mother has placed in your heart and life, she must be a lovely lady. May you feel peace and an overwhelming sense of the Christ in your home right now. Peace to your mother, to you, and to each of your family members. I will remember you in my prayers and think of you when I hear the words you so lovingly sing about your mother, especially during this precious, soft time.

  • Ann CArter

    Amy – I will be lifting you and your mom up. ‘As a former medical social worker for Hospice, I know how they really try to make this part of her life as meaningful as possible. Remember the really good times.May God bless you as you have blessed me.

  • Kari

    Amy I appreciate you sharing this so that others can leave comments that have helped me in dealing with just finding out my dad has cancer. I appreciate everyone that cares for another living person and takes the time to share their thoughts, prayers and words of hope. Kari

  • Peggy Scott

    Dear Amy,
    We are praying for you and your family. You are lucky you get to spend this very special time with your Mother. Cherish this time.

  • Kim Wolke

    Thinking of you and your family. Prayers to all of you.

  • Anne Cascio

    Amy – My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this time. Through your stories you’ve been kind enough to have shared, it’s obvious how much of a wonderful and loving influence your mother has been in your lives. She will forever be one. Everytime you see a photo, read her cards and letters, sing one of her favorite hymns, or share a story, it will serve as reminder that she’ll live on through you. Take comfort in knowing that you have been blessed to have had been a witness to her life…as a mom of four children myself, I have a feeling she felt just as blessed to have been a witness to yours.
    Respectfully

  • Scott

    @Carnegie Hall…
    We missed you tonight but certainly understand why you and your husband were not there. Treasure your final hours with your Mom…

  • http://jillriter.com Jill Riter

    My prayers are with you, Amy. And your entire family. God bless you all. I pray the message of Easter that He is risen! will touch in a profound way your heart with the hope and peace that we will be reunited forever with our loved ones in Him. What an amazing week of promise to care for and be next to your precious mom. I pray you are filled with comfort.

  • Melissa Stephens

    Dear Amy :

    My prayers are with you at this most difficult time. I met you last Summer at Celebrate Freedom and shared with you that I know and love Cindy and Greg there in Nashville. (their kids know your kids…). Thought that might help you in remembering me…

    As a Mom, a Wife, and a daughter, I know you are hurting and yet cherishing the last days with your Mom. I lost my Mom to cancer almost 9 years ago, so I have been right where you are. We love you here in Texas and will continually be praying for you and your precious family. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know. I will pass this information along to Cindy as well. Hugs and Love!

  • Kristy Booth

    Amy-My prayers are with your mom, you and your whole family during this life changing time. Much love to you all.
    In Christ,
    Kristy

  • Patti Gencarelli

    Dear Friend of My Heart,
    May Spirit surround each of you with a peace
    and comfort that can only come from God.
    Words are all we have to comfort each other,
    yet they fall short. You are not only loosing a
    mother, but now you are stepping up in the adult
    world. And it is scarey, even at this age.
    Deep prayers for your family, much love. . . patti

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