Grey and rainy Sunday

Awoke to grey skies and now rain.  The snow is completely gone and thoughts turn to comfort and family on days like this.  Reading through today’s Sunday paper I ran across an op-ed piece by Tom Lauricella entitled “Making a Difference, Even at the End of Life”.  I gave you the blog sites about hospice and the end of life issues.  Tom’s piece is very personal.  It is about the passing of his father on March 16.  I am going to pick out some quotes.  You can read the whole article at

…”Of course, watching my father’s life ebb was a wrenching experience.  But as is often the case, there were added complications of scrambling to find appropriate care, contending with financial pressures and navigating family dynamics.”…

…”My dad, at age 79, looked extremely frail late last year.  His appetite vanished as this year progressed.  But to our growing dismay and frustration he still wouldn’t go to a doctor.”…

…”It’s a brutal reality of our health-care system that money was even a topic.  It magnified the emotional strain we faced.  Guilt flared about counting the number of days we could afford.”…

…”Throughout my dad’s life he was active in his communities, trying his best to make a difference.  Hopefully, with this column, he’ll make a difference one more time.”

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About alonegwen

Retired educator interested in living life fully. Will write about aging wisely, good reads, food, travel, dance reviews, and other items as they interest me.
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