For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
2 Timothy 4:7-8
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing .
I have received news from Valerie's son, Paul, that Valerie is dead. At his request, I am copying and pasting his email into this letter.
My name is Paul and I have extremely bad news to share with you. My mother, Valerie, had passed away yesterday, September 5th, 2020, due to complications of a heart attack that she had experienced late Thursday night. She was rushed to the hospital that night and was immediately sent to an operating room in the Emergency department. An angioplasty procedure was done to eliminate a 100% blockage that existed in one of her main arteries. A stent was placed in that artery to combat the problem at hand. The doctor performing the procedure soon delivered the news that everything went very well.
Aside Note: I have managed to access her e-mail address account due to the fact that all notifications for bills and other important matters which are related to my mom's and dad's daily means of living. I noticed her Bravenet Forum e-mails were listed in her Inbox and remembered that she invested so much love, time and energy into her forum. I do not know how to log into the forum itself (with her login info nowhere to be found). However, I see that you are a co-moderator of the forum and that you had just recently posted something there.
My mom was recovering very well during Friday in her hospital room. Actually, they were ready to transfer her to another hospital or even send her home earlier as the recovery phase was progressing better than expected. I talked to her on Friday at 10:30am and also at 5:45pm. During my second conversation, she sounded much better on the phone. My mom was telling me about a dream she had: That Jesus had come to her in the dream and said that "I am here for you and I have to leave momentarily but I will come back for you." My mom was so happy to tell me about this dream. She said to me that dream meant that she is going to live for a long time still but that Jesus will eventually take her to Heaven. I am trying to remember exactly what she was telling me but that was the main point of her dream analysis. We just never thought it would be the next day that Jesus would come back to take her.
On Saturday, around 8:10am, my mom had replied to a text message to my wife, Gloria. It was a one line message stating that she loved us both. She was about to have her breakfast in her room around 8:30am. A nurse gave her some medication which had a side-effect of urinating more often. She went to the washroom and then came back to her chair in the room. She started on her breakfast and then had to go to the washroom again. On her second return trip from the washroom, she told the nurse that she was ready to pass out and that it was hard to breathe. She managed to get to the chair and that is where she was passing out. A code blue was deemed as other nurses and a doctor came into room immediately. They got her back to her bed and tried numerous procedures to revive her. At some point between 9am to 9:15am it seemed that the situation was looking better. Then nearing 9:30am things got worse again. Eventually, her heart had ruptured and she had passed away at 9:46am on Saturday September 5th 2020. These details were given by the nurse when we had talked to him afterwards.
Kathy, I am sitting here typing this difficult e-mail to you in the early hours of Sunday morning with tears pouring down my face and pain flowing in my heart. I know how much my mom loved her Bravenet Forum/Site. It gave her so much hope for herself and the other members. On behalf of my family, I needed to let you and the others know what had happened.
Could you please copy and post this e-mail on the Bravenet Forum in honour of my mother. Could you also please pray for Edward (her husband), Lora (her daughter), Paul (her son), Gloria (her daughter-in-law), José (her son-in-law), Arianna (her granddaughter), Allision (her granddaughter), and Steven (her brother). My mom is now in the best place ever. She does not have to deal with health issues or pain ever again. However, we the family, have to continue on with the pains and struggles.
As a part of the healing process, I am so glad that I can reach you through e-mail. My mom would be so proud of this and we are all trying to do what is best and most honourable in her remembrance. We are all so heart-broken and the pain of losing someone so precious is very hard to deal with.
Thank you for your time and help in this difficult time. We all miss her so much and life is so different now without her being physically here. We know that she is looking down on us with her love and we need to have her love fill our hearts here with the help of God. Heaven truly has gained another angel.
I will continue to access her e-mail address as it will help in the meantime in order to take care of my dad, Edward.
God Bless you and everyone on the Bravenet Forum. My mother would be so thankful for your continued work and dedication on the Forum itself.
P.S. Please feel free to reply to this e-mail just to let me know that you have received it. Thank you so much.
Valerie's Bravenet account is set to expire on the 25th of this month, so in only a few weeks, this forum will be history. Let us hope that God has plans to send Jesus to Rapture us before then.
Valerie's son, Paul, sent me this link to the page about Valerie on the funeral home's Web site:
There is no obituary yet.
Valerie's brother, Steven, has also sent me an email about Valerie's death, and with his permission, I am copying and pasting it here. (This is my second posting of his email; at his request, I'm making a particular edit to it.)
My name is Steven Furnell. I am Valerie S.'s brother. In case you haven’t been informed Valerie died of heart complications on Saturday September 5th at around 9:30 am. She went to the hospital on Thursday night and was immediately taken for a bypass surgery with a stent being inserted. I spoke to her the next day and she sounded rough but definitely showing her characteristic resilience. She told me there were other complications but they weren’t critical so she thought she’d wait and see what developed. She sounded optimistic and the plan was that she was going to convalesce for a couple of days at the hospital and I’d talk to her on Monday. Then on Saturday morning I received that dreaded call from her son telling me that I had to call him immediately. My heart sank. I called and was informed of the bitter reality that initially felt quite unreal.
She told me that after the surgery she closed her eyes and Jesus came to her. She said he was tall and had a beard. The most amazing thing she told me about him was that “there was so much love in His eyes that if you could put all the people who love you together in one, the love in Jesus’ eyes was greater.” He hugged her and told her that he would leave her now but would come back. I suppose possibly that was a chance given for her to say her goodbyes.
I think Jesus smiled when Valerie ascended to heaven.
Valerie's obituary has been posted on the funeral parlor's Web page. Here is the link for anyone who wishes to read it: https://memorials.demarcofuneralhomes.com/valerie-skrzyniak/4321619/index.php.
it cheers me up to think of Valerie well, able to walk and dance again, free of pain, and able to see Jesus and the wonderful place where God dwells.
she has been reunited with family and meeting the saved. hopefully very soon we will see her again.
Come Lord Jesus
Hopefully, before this year is out.
I haven’t posted in quite a while but felt like I should come check out this site tonight when I saw Valerie has passed away. I am so thankful for this site and all the hard work she put in it. Several years ago when I got saved and drawn into End Times research I found this site and it made a huge difference in my life. It’s very special she got to share her dream of meeting Jesus! Thank you so much to her family and you Kathy for sharing this with us! I am looking forward to the rapture happening this month, and if not, possibly this year and we will all get to meet in person with Valerie.
Love and Prayers,
If our prayers are answered, it'll take place before this year is out. Preferably before Election Day! Then we can all meet Valerie together.
I'm glad you're back, Stephanie. Hope you'll stay with us!
Hi Stephanie, I am glad to see you too. Yes please Jesus come.
Kathy, Regina, Stephanie and all at RFTH ,
Valerie was a beautiful treasure in our midst.I'm sad for us, but rejoicing for and with Valerie that she is now with her precious Lord Jesus. My hope is that we will see her again very soon at the Rapture.
To Valerie's family, I'm thinking of you all and praying for God's peace and comfort and strength in your sad loss. We honour Valerie's memory with much love, just as she blessed us with so much love through her service here.
Love and Prayers,
I'm sure Valerie's family will appreciate that. They certainly need our prayers at this time. And I'm with you, Michelle--I hope that her separation from us all will be very short-lived, indeed! If my prayers are answered, we will all be in Heaven in our new bodies before this year is out.
Meanwhile, I'm glad you're back, Michelle!
hi Michelle, I think of Valerie in heaven, in joy and able to walk and move freely. this is a great comfort that at the rapture we can be reunited with saved loved ones again, and meet saved friends that we could not be with in person now. in agreement with you Kathy, praying for the Lord to shout and call the church to Himself very very soon
1Thes 4:15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
That is definitely a moment to look forward to!
At the request of Valerie's daughter, Lora, I am copying and pasting this email she sent me last night. (I've taken the liberty of fixing the paragraph spacing just a little, so that everyone'll find it easier to read on this forum. Otherwise, I've left it just as she typed it. BTW, Regina, Lora wants to thank you for all your posts!)
I apologize to you for not writing to you sooner. I have been meaning to, but sometimes I just can't seem to get the right words out since my mom passed away. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful work you've been doing on my mother's website...which you could say has become yours! My brother Paul and my father would say the same as well.
My mother must have mentioned me to you before. We were extremely close. The day she died was the worst day of my life. When the doctor called to tell us to come to the hospital immediately, I knew deep down in my heart she was gone. I fell to the floor screaming. I miss her Kathy, my heart aches...it's too hard for me to express in words. I have gone through hell myself as I suffered a heart attack last year, which maybe my mom mentioned to you. It's been very difficult for me, then the pandemic hit, now I lost my mom. I know she finally met Jesus which she longed for since I could ever remember. She wanted so badly to be raptured too, but God decided to take her home earlier. Her faith in Jesus never faltered. She was a wonderful mother to Paul and I, a wonderful wife, and an amazing grandmother. Her love for us could never be measured. We loved her the same back.
I have been reading some of her posts on the website and she has left me speechless. God's word just seem to flow out of her so naturally. She was very articulate and thoughtful. It was so important to her to spread the word of God to anyone she could reach. The internet made it very easy to do so. My mother is very pleased that you have continued her work here on earth. God bless you Kathy, and all the others as well. You all were very special to her and made her feel very important and special.
I would like to share with you the speech I wrote for her funeral. Please feel free to post this email on the website for all to read 🙂:
On behalf of my father, and my brother, I would like to thank you all for coming to honour my mother.
My mother taught my brother and I many things in life. She taught us how to love, respect others, to put others needs before our own and most importantly to NEVER GIVE UP. Mom was a true fighter, the toughest cookie you could find. Whatever troubles and sorrows life gave her, she never let that falter her. She dusted herself off and continued her journey in life. My grandmother would often tell her in Ukrainian she was like a wobbly wheel that looked like it was about to fall off, but never did. My mother beat breast cancer, not once but TWICE. She was told one day she would end up in a wheelchair, but never stopped walking, no matter how much pain it brought her she kept walking even in her last moments. I admire her for so many things. Some people might ask me “how did she keep going?” The simple answer is, and for those who knew her know very well, that it was her love and faith in our saviour Jesus Christ. My mother devoted her life to Him, and taught Paul and I to always put God first in our lives. I thank you mom for instilling faith in me, because without that faith at this moment there is no way I could get through this. She would also want me to tell all of you to keep your faith in God and be close to him, because Jesus is returning soon. She even had her own website devoted to Jesus which had many followers.
You taught me how to be a good mother. Children learn by example and I couldn’t ask God for a better one. You always gave of yourself without thinking twice. You would do anything to make Paul and I happy. You took care of Dad, even though you struggled to take care of yourself, just to make sure he was ok. And when you became a grandmother, like you always told me mom, you came alive all over again. Arianna and Allison are so grateful for all the time you spent with them. All the effort you took to make sure they had a smile on their face. They will always cherish those moments forever. I have told my daughters that they have come from a long line of strong women. From her grandmother, to her mother Maria who gave her the example to never stop fighting, to her and now me.
Our relationship as a mother and daughter was a very close one. We always told each other if it happens to you, then it happens to me. We are the same person. We have a bond that will never end, that will never die. Death and all its sorrow will not break our bond. I can hear her in my head telling me to take care of myself, to take my medications because I have to live for my girls and be strong for my family. She is truly an angel watching over me and my family. Yes mom, a part of me died with you that day, but the rest of me will strive on just like you did. I will not give up, I will continue dusting myself off every time life knocks me down. I promise you that.
“The love between a mother and daughter know no distance” were the words inscribed on a bracelet I bought her this past mothers day. Our love mom will never end. Death cannot and will not separate us. I refuse to say goodbye to you today because I know each and every day you will be with me, until my time comes. I love you mom, more than any words can express. Thank you for devoting your life to our family. Rest in peace with all the loved ones that have passed on and with Jesus. Love always your daughter and best friend.
Kathy, I only ask one favour from you and all those who continue to participate on the website...please pray for me and my family. Losing our mother is a huge loss to our family. She was, and still is, the heart and soul of the family. Some days I feel so lost without her. This past Saturday we went to visit her grave and I broke down so badly. I keep praying and asking Jesus for His strength because I cannot do this alone. I miss her terribly, and I'm sure you do as well. Tonight we just had a mass for her at church since it's been 40 days+ since she died.
God bless you Kathy for your ongoing work. I will stay in touch and I ask Jesus to continue blessing you and your family as well.
the greatest comfort we have is to know that life is more than what we see with our eyes now. Thanks to God's wonderful plan, Valerie is indeed still alive in the presence of the Lord. At the great day of 1Thes 4:13-18, she will be given an immortal incorruptible body along with all who are in Christ at that day. Its like a piece is taken out of us when a loved one dies. Thanks be to God that Valerie and her family will be together again in such a way that there will be no more death. It seems a long farewell now, but it is not a permanent one. I am looking forward to when I can see my dad and grandmother again, who I know placed faith in Jesus. If you see this Lora, have great courage and make great memories now going forward so that when you see your mom again, you will have great stories and great testimony to share with her! :sunflower:
1 Thessalonians 4:
13 Brothers, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you will not grieve like the rest, who are without hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, we also believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.
15 By the word of the Lord, we declare to you that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be the first to rise. 17 After that, we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.
18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
The Resurrection Body - 1 Corinthians 15:
35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” 36 You fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 And what you sow is not the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or something else. 38 But God gives it a body as He has designed, and to each kind of seed He gives its own body.
39 Not all flesh is the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another, and fish another. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. But the splendor of the heavenly bodies is of one degree, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is of another. 41 The sun has one degree of splendor, the moon another, and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.
42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead: What is sown is perishable; it is raised imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being;” the last Adam a life-giving spirit.
46 The spiritual, however, was not first, but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so also are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so also shall we bear the likeness of the heavenly man.
50 Now I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed — 52 in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must be clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come to pass: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
55 “Where, O Death, is your victory?
Where, O Death, is your sting?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast and immovable. Always excel in the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Thanks, Regina! We didn't get to be Raptured in September, but I hope we will be before this year is out.
Meanwhile, Lora has shared something more with me that I think will help us all, so with her permission, I'm going to post the email she shared it in.
Thanks Kathy for posting my message, I checked the website! You were a wonderful friend to my mother and I know she is so pleased with all you continue to do.
I would like to share with you what I experienced at the hospital the day my mom passed. I believe Paul described the events leading up to us reaching the hospital. We were too late, and by the time we got there she was gone. My father and I were the first to receive the news when the doctor called us into this small room which had a bible placed on a table. After to doctor explained what happened I asked to go see her. It was devastating to us, but Kathy, she looked so peaceful. Our family continued taking turns because only two of us could go in to see her because of COVID rules. The last time I went in with my husband, I was crying so hard. I was holding her hand in mine and had my head down at the side of her bed. I was praying and talking to her out loud and crying uncontrollably, when all of a sudden I felt this intense heat pass through the upper part of my chest and right through me which immediately made me stop crying. I felt this peace that I can't even describe. I said to my husband "my mom is here, she's in the room with us". As soon as I said that, that same heat passed through me a second time. It was amazing! I believe my mother was trying to console me, and Jesus was as well. I really wanted to share that with you to bring you peace as well. As much as this is so very hard on us, I know my mother is in God's kingdom as I write this email. Her spirit is so strong that I know she comes around quite often to visit. One night my youngest daughter and I were talking and crying about my mom, and out of nowhere she felt the same sensation pass through her and she immediately stopped crying. My mom is amazing that even in death she is still doing everything so can to take care of us.
Feel free if you would like to post that as well on the site. You are all a wonderful group of people and God will bless you for spreading His word.
Have a good night and big hugs from Canada
Well, everybody, today is the anniversary of Valerie's death. One year ago today, Jesus took her spirit Home to Heaven. Her children, Paul and Lora, have asked me to post messages about her here on RFTH, on their behalf. I will post Paul's first, in this reply, and Lora's in the next one.
I can't believe that exactly one year has arrived since you passed away and went with Jesus to your permanent and breathtaking/paradise home in Heaven. I sometimes feel that these past 12 months have gone by so fast, yet, at the same time it feels that this time period has been an eternity (if that makes any sense?). It is true, time does heal and things have gotten a little easier to deal with on a daily basis. But life feels so different without seeing you, hugging you, and hearing your voice. As you know, the family has become closer and we are taking care of each other the best we can.
We are all trying to take care of Dad and things, for the most part, are going really well in doing so with him. As for myself and Gloria, we are doing well and, at times, when we get a bit of really good news at home or at work, these are the times that I feel like crying(?). I feel that God is continuously taking care of us and always watching over us and providing everything that we need to keep living the best we can each day forward. You have always taught me to work hard and the rewards in life will follow naturally by Him. So, when I start crying (instead of laughing with joy) in response to good things happening, it is a response to God to show Him that I don't deserve it. But I realize the He is a Forgiving and Loving God and He does what He wants, when He wants. All these mixed feelings and new perspectives that I have had during the last year all culminates from your love, raising, good values, and teachings over the years. I absolutely thank you for all of that and I know that I have been blessed with the best mother that I could ever have in my life. God made that happen for me when I was born, up until this moment and beyond.
Sometimes when I go to bed, I feel scared and have an empty feeling within me. Then when I think about you, it all gets better. Just like when I was a little boy, you always came to me to give help and comfort when I needed it most (like when thunder and lightning would strike outside or when I hurt myself playing, etc). This shows that you are still so alive within me and around me. I know I am not perfect and I still need help. This is why I think about you and talk to you and I know you are there listening. These 12 months have been so hard to deal with on an emotional level. There is that empty feeling there but it is gone when I realize and feel that you are in the BEST PLACE EVER! No more pain, no more sorrow - just pure happiness for you which you so deserve! So many mixed emotions that I have dealt with but I am still doing my best each day - never giving up. I obviously learned this from you - you will always be an inspiration to me. I have learned so much from you - to give respect and fairness to others but not let anyone take advantage and to stand up for myself.
Kathy asked me the other day if RFTH would be renewed for another year. I told her YES. This website needs to continue in order to keep your legacy and recognition alive and to continuously provide information to those who come across it. On behalf on the entire family, we are so proud that Kathy has continued to keep the site running with all her strength, will, love, and determination. God Bless and Thank You, Kathy! As long as she is willing to run the website, we will keep renewing the site each year. Personally, this makes me feel so good because RFTH is something that you built from the start and it would be a total shame to see it cease all of a sudden.
Mom, I have so much more to say but these are the main things that I wanted to get off my chest. I miss you so dearly but I know you are with me each day. I can feel you at home and at work too. It has been hard but I have accepted that this is a part of life and that we need to keep moving forward the best we can. Again, I am so happy that you reached your final and ultimate goal - to be in Heaven, to be Home with God, with Jesus.
I love you so much! Say hi to Baba and Dido too (please relay my love to them).
Till we meet again. Keeping you in my heart and mind - always!
Love, your one and only son (and on behalf of Gloria),
I posted Paul's message in the previous reply; now I will post Lora's below.
It's been a whole year since our beautiful mother has passed away. There is not a single day that goes by that I don't think about her. There is a huge void in my life that can never be filled. You all remember her for her wonderful work on this site, and for spreading the good news. We knew her as Mom. A lovely lady with a heart of gold. No matter how much pain she was suffering, she always put others before herself. She always picked up the phone to make sure we were all ok. She has this spirit that is so strong. I feel her presence in my life all the time. I hear her voice in my head telling me to take care of myself. I've had countless dreams of her so vibrant and happy. She is sending us all a message that she lives on in God's kingdom of heaven. She lives on in us, her beloved family and friends. There are days I feel I can deal with anything thrown at me, and I know she has something to do with that. She is pulling strings up there for sure. There are some days I'm completely broken inside and I feel I cannot go on without her. But here I am. Fighting the good fight like she used to say. She made me promise her weeks before she died that if anything were to happen to her that I wouldn't give up. I have kept my promise Ma. I love you more than words can express and today my heart is broken but is still beating. I know you are at peace Ma, with Jesus and all our loved one gone before us. I will miss you till the day I die. Make sure Jesus builds that mansion for me right next to yours. Please continue to remember our mother in your prayers, and our family too. God bless you all and I hope one day we will all be reunited in heaven together. But for now it's one day at a time, like my mother always said.
With love in Christ,
Well, yesterday was the anniversary of Valerie's death; today is the anniversary of the day I learned of her death. One year ago, this morning, I received an email from Paul informing me of her death--an email he asked me to share with everyone here on the forum. On that day, I took on Valerie's job as forum administrator--a job I felt inadequate to do justice to, needless to say! We all miss her, but at least we know she's in Heaven with Jesus, and when the trumpet blows, we'll join her in the clouds when we all gather up there.
Do any of you wish to add anything at this point?