2013-08-15 / Church


Life Lessons from Hospice Patients

“All My Personalities are so Fascinating”

“I’m so interesting to talk to! All my personalities are so fascinating!” Rita quipped.

Rita was a hoot. She was so easy to be with that she could make an hour slip by in what seemed like just a few minutes. She had lymphoma and was rapidly losing weight, but there was certainly nothing wrong with her mind. Her sense of humor was wonderful.

Rita’s husband had passed away two years before. When she talked about him, her eyes brightened and her usual brilliant smile became even more charming. “I miss him so much. He was such a good, good man.”

They didn’t have children, so when her husband died, the color went out of Rita’s life. Though she was delightful to visit with, you got the sense that she was marking time until she could move on and see him again.

Hopefully we all have people in our lives that bring joy to our hearts and light to our eyes. They are the real spice of life. When we’re with them, it’s as if the rest of the world disappears and time stops. Our hearts are connected and thrilled. Perhaps these are the near perfect moments in this life.

If we don’t already, it’s time to cherish these special relationships. Those people need to hear from us how important they are and what they mean to our hearts. Let’s gaze into their eyes, and thank God for these incredible gifts.

Here’s to more near perfect moments with very special people.

Gary Roe is the Chaplain of Southern Care Hospice. Visit him on his website at www.garyroe.com

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