Friday, January 2, 2009

Death by Inches

Death isn’t always fast and pleasant. Rick has been waiting for a week since his decision to stop having kidney dialysis. Each day he sleeps more, is more uncomfortable, finds doing anything, including speaking, difficult, and asks why it is taking so long. He continues to have visitors and is glad to have them. He has received communion and anointing many times from caring clergy.

We live in an impatient world, but death comes in its own time.

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