Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Thank you for the kindnesses

Thank you for your kind thoughts and emails on the passing of my niece, Meaghann. She slipped away from us day by day saving the date to join Christ until Christmas Day.

I'm so grateful it was Christmas Day, because my sister will always be with family on that day in the years ahead. Serving her and her mother in the last weeks and months was as much a blessing for me as any help it may have been for them.

Please, if you have a chance to sit with a person who is facing death, please go. Speak with them about the daily things, crack a joke, brush their hair. Just be there. Your heart will hold more of what is valuable in life, and you will help them face another day in the struggle. Go, smile. Be there.

1 comment:

Peace is every step said...

Gail, I am so saddened to hear of your neice's passing. Your words reminded me of the very bitterweet moments of sitting at my Grandmother's side as she was leaving us. It was a life changing experience that forever changed me, and challenged my view of life and death, and realized how it is all connected. Thank you for this reminder today, in my busy day, that brought some peace to my heart.

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