John was strong and healthy all of his life; even running marathons into his 70’s.
Then the curse of cancer struck and it was a quick three months from diagnosis to his passing.
It was hard for me over that time to see the life and vitality retreat from his body. It was hard feeling so helpless and not knowing what to do or even what to say to comfort my friend, his sweet and distraught wife, and others that loved him.
Thankfully, John and his family had caring and compassionate hospice caregivers that knew how to comfort, that had the answers and experience to guide his family through this transitional state of mortality.
The funeral was a beautiful service. Friends and family members spoke of accomplishments, fond memories and experiences. There was joy and hope in their words of an eternal reunion.
I left the service with an awareness of how little I knew about John and wishing that I had invested more time in really getting to know him and realizing how much richer my life would have been if I had done so.
Prior to the funeral, John’s wife gave me one of his ties. I wore it with honor and softhearted feelings to the funeral.
I look at this tie and have sad memories.
I look at this tie and have tender memories.
I look at this tie and have sweet memories.
I look at this tie and have a motivation and a desire to be more like my friend John and to fill my life with good.
Tender Care Home Health and Hospice