The Rose Beyond The Wall

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Today I received an email from a friend telling me that her husband (diagnosed with cancer of the liver) has been admitted to the ICU of a local hospital here in Las Vegas and placed on a ventilator.  The cancer has spread to major organs, with no hope of further successful  medical treatment.  As his caregiver, she now has to make the difficult decision to have the ventilator removed so that he can pass “in a natural manner with peace and dignity” (her words). I can only imagine what she is going through. Given the person that she is, I know that she has been an excellent caregiver, making every possible sacrifice to fight their battle.  How can I best help my friend through what will happen, her grieving process, and all of the issues now facing her? I know what I want to avoid doing. I don’t want to offer worn-out platitudes, like: “You have to be strong” or “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” I don’t want to minimize her situation by relating what she is going through to my own journey as my husband fights End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). I don’t want to walk away and say nothing. I want to be genuine and share something of a more personal nature that means something special to me. Suddenly I remember a time (years ago) when a very special person in my life died. Someone sent me a beautiful sympathy card with a soul-stirring message which touches me to this day.  I can not imagine a more beautiful tribute to the life of her dear one and to the promise of what I truly believe lies ahead for us all. So, Maria, this one is for you.                     






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