In Strathmore, Alberta, Hilda Northam celebrated her 45th wedding anniversary with her husband, Francis (Lloyd) on Christmas Day in 2016. Two of their friends came over to cook a delicious meal and share this special day with them. It truly was a great day- filled with love, laughter and reminiscing. Unknown to everyone at the time, Hilda was suffering from a severe case of pneumonia in both lungs. On Boxing Day, weakened by the infection, Hilda fell in the bedroom and broke a hip.
It was only after arriving at the Strathmore Hospital did the extent of her injuries and illness become apparent. Hilda was admitted to the Palliative care unit. Family and friends gathered around bringing comfort and support to both Hilda and Lloyd. She was unable to speak clearly and was frustrated by her inability to communicate easily with her loved ones. She knew who you were and smiled in acknowledgement. We kept praying for the miracle of a complete recovery for Hilda and for her to return home with her husband. Even though her outward appearance improved, internally her body was shutting down slowly.
After a comforting visit from her pastor, the church secretary as well as Lloyd and his niece, Hilda was peaceful. At 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 5th Hilda made the final journey home to our Father in heaven. She was 75 years young. Once again family and friends came together to comfort and support Lloyd during his time of need.
Hilda’s wish was that she be buried. After working with the Wheatland Funeral Home to find an acceptable burial service, Lloyd was unable to afford the simple choices that reflected Hilda’s wishes. At that time he was forced to make the difficult and heart-wrenching decision to have his wife cremated. The staff at the funeral home was wonderful as they went out of their way to accommodate Lloyd’s financial limitations and suggested agencies to contact to help access funding.
Hilda’s funeral was held on Friday, January 13th at the Strathmore Alliance Church. It was a beautiful tribute to a gentle and caring lady who is deeply missed by so many people. We are so blessed to know that Hilda is at peace and is no longer suffering.
Now the grief that Lloyd is feeling is complicated by the knowledge that he must find funds to pay for Hilda’s funeral. He will turn 81 on birthday in January. As pensioners, it took both of their pension cheques and more to live their simple lives. Trying to make ends meet on his own is causing Lloyd a great deal of stress. This is why we are asking for your support now.
First and foremost, please pray for Lloyd. Pray that he will be at peace, now that he is without his beloved wife of 45 years at his side. Pray that he will adapt to this new life.
Second, if it is at all possible, please help with a donation. Any amount is most graciously accepted. We know that small amounts can add up quickly. We know that the Lord will provide for Lloyd’s needs.
Thank you for your generosity! May you be blessed abundantly by your gift to one in such great need of your support.