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Holding Hands, Again

by Jan Schroder

Sunday morning, I rushed to my mother’s side for the last time, instinctively grabbing both her hands, reminding me of when I held my father’s hands as he too lay dying.

Her hands held me at birth, saved me when I was choking as a child, held me through tough times as an adult and now, still warm. A few feet outside her door, her Lenbrook community held weekly services, singing “Take My Life, And Let it Be.” She took one last breath and joined her heavenly family.

We’ll bury Van Spalding Schroder this morning – and always miss her touch.

Chris Schroder, SPR Atlanta

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Jeff Tucker March 17, 2016 - 5:11 pm

Very touching ….. obviosly a loving relationship between you both. My mother’s greatest fear was to die alone …. so i took the necessary steps to make sure i was with her, holding her hand, talking to her and reading her favorite bible passage as she took her last breath. the same with my father. That was the very least i could do for them as their son. Although heart breaking …. it was a very peaceful passage for them and me to their promised land. God Bless.

felecia sveda March 18, 2016 - 11:04 am

We are all sad to lose such a wonderful woman who brightened up the Lenbrook community. We are so sorry for your loss. this is a beautiful picture of you both and I know you have many wonderful memories. Blessings to you and your family. you all will always be part of the lenbrook family.
Felecia Sveda

chris keysor March 18, 2016 - 10:53 pm


we will miss your mother within the Lenbrook community. She was such a great lady and an IMPORTANT part of who we are. We will miss her.

Thank you for sharing her with us and our thoughts are with your family during this difficult time.

chris Keysor


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