Category Archives: Death

There’s something about a uniform

Joining the Navy when you suffer from motion sickness is perhaps not the smartest move. Yet at age 16, that’s exactly what Raymond did. And the experience shaped his life. The week before Christmas, I played the piano at Ray’s … Continue reading

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Every breath you take

In October 2014, my mother spent the last eight days of her life in a beautiful South Carolina hospice facility. My daughter and I were there with her, witnessing the closing act of her nearly 82 years. A stream of … Continue reading

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Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy

Last month, in the middle of a typical cold, dark January, we had a sunny day. That’s a noteworthy event in mid-Michigan. The mood in the assisted living facility I visited that afternoon matched the weather: bright and happy. Neither … Continue reading

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