Very inspiring, meaningful feature article by Dan Lassiter on front page of today’s Gazette, Good-bye Mom: Family gathers to send mother on her final journey!
Very inspiring, meaningful feature article by Dan Lassiter on front page of today’s Gazette, “Good-bye Mom: Family gathers to send mother on her final journey”! His personal sharing is a blessing for me. THANK YOU, Dan! THANK YOU! God bless you and your family!! I am convinced that TODAY – MOTHER’S DAY – is the best day for this realistic, honest, personal article. What do YOU think?
THANKS too to Scott Angus, Editor-in-Chief, for publishing this relevant article on the front page of the Gazette on Mother’s Day. I realize some readers will think that the article should be published on any day but Mother’s Day. I am convinced that TODAY – MOTHER’S DAY – is the best day for this realistic, honest, personal article. What do YOU think?
ALL TOO OFTEN we try to avoid awareness of and talking about DEATH. There is a haunting “worry”/”fear” about death. Why? We celebrate BIRTHS. The whole PHYSICAL cycle of life starts with BIRTH and it inevitably ends with DEATH. From my Christian faith perspective and conviction, DEATH is really another BIRTH - the birth to eternal life. Why NOT celebrate the fulfillment of a life cycle and the birth to eternal life?
We need to be reminded of the wisdom of “The Preacher”/”The Teacher” articled in the Old Testament book, Ecclesiastes. Again and again I read and study Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the sun: a time to be born and a time to die…” (I prefer the Contemporary English Version.) I suggest you read the rest of that passage through the rest of Chapter 3.
For me, Ecclesiastes 3:11 is the KEY to interpret/understand the testimony of “The Preacher” and, as a preacher, I have used the text, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” What is YOUR interpretation?
I am grateful to Dan for sharing the reality that DIFFICULT CHOICES had to be made as his family conscientiously wanted to love MOM in the most caring ways possible as her health deteriorated.
Sharing his professional expertise and gift as a photographer (Dan is one of the full-time Gazette photographers); Dan shares numerous very personal, meaningful and inspiring pictures to complement his article. For me, the MOST meaningful and inspiring picture is the one of his MOTHER with her family and pastors Ron Greene and Myung Ji Cho as they share her final communion. (See p. 6A.)
Dan’s reflections on the family’s caring communications are very helpful to me. My own mother is in Assisted Living home in FL. Mom and Dad retired to FL decades ago. Dad died in the 1990's. Mom will be 100 on the 7th of August 2013. We, her family of 3 sons and family, are planning a 100th Birthday celebration with her in FL in August.
Knowing the physical death is inevitable, in context with her strong Christian faith, my mother has specifically given us instructions as to arrangements after her physical death. For NOW, our emphasis is on LIFE as she is more and less alert day-by-day on the countdown to 100 years of physical life.
My pastoral experiences underscore the relevance and importance of Dan’s sharing that his family found HOSPICE CARE very valuable for his mother, his father and the family. We all need to be aware of the wonderful support and help hospice care can are for our loved ones and us. We are fortunate to have healthy hospice care services in the Janesville area.
The decision with special commitment of loving care by Dan’s family to arrange to fulfill his mother’s wish that she not die in a nursing home was fulfilled on February 8, 2013 as Lorraine Lassiter died at home with her family around her. You will want to be sure to read the last paragraphs of Dan’s very personal sharing. I tell you I had tears as I read and then re-read those paragraphs. Thanks, Dan! As YOU wrote, “Mom saved the best story for the end.” AMEN & AMEN!
Complementing the print feature in today's Gazette, Dan has released a video summary on YouTube. You can use this link to see and hear it, "Mom's final journey."
I realize that we are never ever ready for death whether it comes after long preparation or suddenly, but we can read very thoughtful, inspiring and meaningful sharings like this sharing by DAN LASSITER to gain information and perspective to help us prepare for the inevitable reality of physical death.
I do believe in ETERNAL LIFE and know that there is the cycle of physical life from birth to death…and then… GOD BLESS the memory of Lorraine Lassiter’s life! GOD BLESS you with your family for sharing so very candidly and meaningfully with inspiration, DAN!
Here we go…
John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Whitewater and an advocate for Project Citizen, a model curriculum for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.