Mom’s Last Laugh

by Stephen on June 7, 2011 · 60 comments

in Inspirational Stories

Consumed by my loss, I didn’t notice the hardness of the pew where I sat. I was at the funeral of my dearest friend — my mother. She finally had lost her long battle with cancer. The hurt was so intense, I found it hard to breathe at times.

Always supportive, mother clapped loudest at my school plays, held a box of tissues while listening to my first heartbreak, comforted me at my father’s death, encouraged me in college, and prayed for me my entire life.

When mother’s illness was diagnosed, my sister had a new baby and my brother had recently married his childhood sweetheart, so it fell on me, the 27-year-old middle child without entanglements, to take care of her. I counted it an honor.

“What now, Lord?” I asked sitting in church. My life stretched out before meas an empty abyss. My brother sat stoically with his face toward the cross while clutching his wife’s hand.

My sister sat slumped against her husband’s shoulder, his arms around her as she cradled their child. All so deeply grieving, no one noticed I sat alone. My place had been with our mother, preparing her meals, helping her walk, taking her to the doctor, seeing to her medication, reading the Bible together. Now she was with the Lord. My work was finished and I was alone.

I heard a door open and slam shut at the back of the church. Quick footsteps hurried along the carpeted floor. An exasperated young man looked around briefly and then sat next to me. He folded his hands and placed them on his lap. His eyes were brimming with tears.

He began to sniffle. “I’m late,” he explained, though no explanation was necessary. After several eulogies, he leaned over and commented, “Why do they keep calling Mary by the name of ‘Margaret’?”

“Oh” “Because that was her name, Margaret. Never Mary. No one called her ‘Mary,’ I whispered. I wondered why this person couldn’t have sat on the other side of the church. He interrupted my grieving with his tears and fidgeting. Who was this stranger anyway?

“No, that isn’t correct,” he insisted, as several people glanced over at us whispering, “Her name is Mary, Mary Peters.”

“That isn’t who this is, I replied..”

“Isn’t this the Lutheran church?”

“No, the Lutheran church is across the street.”


“I believe you’re at the wrong funeral, Sir.”

The solemnness of the occasion mixed with the realization of the man’s mistake bubbled up inside me and came out as laughter.

I cupped my hands over my face, hoping it would be interpreted as sobs.

The creaking pew gave me away. Sharp looks from other mourners only made the situation seem more hilarious. I peeked at the bewildered, misguided man seated beside me.He was laughing, too, as he glanced around, deciding it was too late for an uneventful exit.

I imagined mother laughing.

At the final “Amen,” we darted out a door and into the parking lot. “I do believe we’ll be the talk of the town,” he smiled. He said his name was Rick and since he had missed his aunt’s funeral, asked me out for a cup of coffee.

That afternoon began a lifelong journey for me with this man who attended the wrong funeral, but was in the right place.

A year after our meeting, we were married at a country church where he was the assistant pastor. This time we both arrived at the same church, right on time. In my time of sorrow, God gave me laughter. In place of loneliness, God gave me love. This past June we celebrated our twenty-second wedding anniversary. Whenever anyone asks us how we met, Rick tells them, “Her mother and my Aunt Mary introduced us, and it’s truly a match made in heaven.”

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1 jacob June 11, 2011 at 5:49 am

That’s great!!! I like it.

2 YSNM June 13, 2011 at 10:47 am sweet (:

3 Azylun July 6, 2011 at 1:51 am

This story makes me cry. Yah our mom are always there whenever we need her. No matter what happened she will always be at our side. I remembered when my mother is the only one who raised me and my 4 siblings and luckily we survived from her hands.This is the greatest gift we have received from God that no one could steal. Thank you for sharing this story with us.

4 Piloo July 16, 2011 at 3:30 am

Very emotional story.

5 spurs July 20, 2011 at 11:11 pm

The guy was a true master of pick-up lines…..hehe.

6 Sharon August 26, 2011 at 6:14 am

Very nice and emotional story…. I liked it…

7 Priyanka Kumari September 9, 2011 at 4:12 am

from a tragic death to a happy ending

8 Cumi September 11, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Really sad but funny story at all.. I enjoyed reading it..

9 Amina September 15, 2011 at 9:33 am

I love it 🙂

10 Lilly September 30, 2011 at 5:38 am

Good that your mom showed a way for u to lead ur life happily even without her presence. God is with u.

11 Xin October 17, 2011 at 10:03 am

Awwwww… that’s sooo sweet!!!

12 Abi October 20, 2011 at 5:09 am

Very nice story yeah mom only will care for us even when they are sick.

13 Al October 21, 2011 at 10:37 am

No amount of words can express how I am touched by this inspiring story. This is indeed life changing. Hope that this inspires us to take care of our parents in their remaining years. That is one way of paying tribute to them. We can never be without them.

14 shobu November 17, 2011 at 12:45 am

really a heart touching story………. real match made in heaven 🙂 god bless:)

15 Upendar November 30, 2011 at 8:17 am

Mother… the greatest gift I received from God that no one can steal…

16 Gaurav_Luthra December 2, 2011 at 8:47 am

I love the way u expressed us a mother’s affection for their child and yes the importance of our parents. Thanx, and I promise I will never ever going to heart the lady God who has sacrificed a lot for making my future bright.

17 Virat January 31, 2012 at 10:37 am

My mother is also cancer patient and she is fighting against it since two years and she is in good condition now but I pray that as God gives you the courage he also gives me same that I can bear the situation when she will go and i will become alone.



18 Romsky February 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Love the way he said you met so sweet. Your mum remembered u and asked God to order the steps of ur life time partner. It reall was a divine connection

19 Jerisha March 27, 2012 at 9:16 am

A very beautiful story.

20 Nina April 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Such a sweet story, loved it.

21 Oludare April 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I love this story sooo much h h h h h

22 lamia May 7, 2012 at 8:48 am

WONDERFUL… I cry. I dont want to loose my mom, I can not do without her smile, advice, prays… I will be sooooo alone after her, thats why I am afraid of loosing her. Let Allah protect all mothers…

23 Majolagbe Toyyiba May 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Mothers are simply the best. I can’t imagine the world without them. Mine was taken away without warning and till now I can’t get over it. May Allah have mercy on them.

24 Leah June 11, 2012 at 8:42 am

I remember when my mom was still alive, I was her princess and beautiful of all the woman here in this world, then when she passed away when I was already 15 years old, all my loneliness, even my tears no one understands me, but she is always in my dream remind me that she is always in my heart, I had so many dreams for my mom that we all together in laugh and happiness too…..When I was 26 suddenly happen to me it’s big a blessing for me because I am proud to be a mom without his father and forget us when started my baby in my womb. I am proud to be mom because of that I realize I am deserving to be happy then after that I never had a dream of my past mom. Maybe and realize here she is proud of me being Single mom I can stand alone and everything is fine because of the help of Our FATHER GOD in heaven. Yes I am truly happy because I am totally in love and my renz accepted of my beloved future husband. Thanks Father God for everything.

25 Leah June 11, 2012 at 8:45 am

Just always have faith to Our Father God in heaven because he has a great plan for each of us. I LOVE YOU MAMA. Thanks for everything because I am always cherished and remember you mama. Thanks for my life because I have my son and my beloved husband.

26 Nihed June 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Such an inspirational mixure of humour and sadness

27 John July 11, 2012 at 5:16 am

Wow what a lovely story

28 Nadin July 16, 2012 at 6:29 am

Spiritual act and wise marriege

29 Nidhi July 16, 2012 at 6:33 am

This relation proofs that how much moms care for their children.

When she feels her children are alone she bless them with the beautiful gift forever so that their smiling faces always keep smile 🙂

30 Ruba August 13, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I lost my biological parents at a very young age. I never had a chance to appreciate and treasure them. I regreated it but God was too good to me .. he gave me a new secured environment with wonderful parents. They nurtured me to be a well respected person in the society. I really owe them a lot. They had sacrificed their lives for me and my sibling. I will always continue to love, treasure and protect my parents even after my death. They are my world and happiness. Always love u, amma & appa.

31 Bhe October 3, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Amazing story.. God moves in mysterious way.

32 Nikki October 12, 2012 at 4:51 am

Emotional & Touching … I loved it.

33 Priya November 12, 2012 at 6:07 am

I also laughed after reading this one…. I love it.

34 Adams Kano November 22, 2012 at 10:54 am

Nice one

35 ZOE November 28, 2012 at 7:29 pm

The steps of a good man (woman) are ordered by the Lord.

36 Charm ♥ December 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Unteresting story of how things fall into the right place and right time which is less expected.

37 Archana January 16, 2013 at 2:34 am

Lovely mothers take care of their children even after they are gone.

38 Areeba Qasim February 3, 2013 at 10:13 am

Great story!!! …this story is showing the pain of loosing the mother….and those people who r not good with their parents especially with their mother will not be having place in the heaven ever!!!! I love u mummma.

39 Riza Del March 10, 2013 at 5:19 am

How sad…everytime I read stories about loved ones having cancer, I can’t control my tears because both my auntie (breast) & uncle (colon) are now cancer victims (they’re couple w/ 3 kids)….But your story made me smile, I love it so….there’s hope, there’s something beautiful that happened after your loss….Thanks!

40 Caryl Faye June 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Aw :/ I love this.

41 Kalpna June 12, 2013 at 5:06 am


42 Jherry July 11, 2013 at 9:13 am

Very inspiring…

43 Karma August 28, 2013 at 4:58 am

It is really touching…. Our mom is always there for us…

44 Aamnah August 29, 2013 at 6:21 pm

That was a very emotional story but it was funny when the man came to the wrong funeral. My mom is the world to me.

45 Jeni September 5, 2013 at 3:54 am

Nice one I like it………….:)

46 Pema September 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Really heart touching story…like it..

47 Santosh September 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm

That was an awesome story with sweet cute touch.. 🙂

48 Kunal October 9, 2013 at 9:52 am

Really good story.

49 Simione vono November 20, 2013 at 8:17 am

She sacrificed her time for her mom and @ the end she got wat her heart was yearning for..a soul mate..u go gal!

50 Rakesh Madella January 19, 2014 at 6:37 am

All the Awesome, too good.. Thank for sharing

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