Friday, September 16, 2016
At the end of the day........K.G.
Working every day with patients who are dying and their families has taught me many things. This spring I had the honor of working with a family who was preparing for the death of their patriarch. He was and will be remembered as an incredibly loving husband, father and grandfather. His grandson was what I like to call an 'old soul'. He was 16 at the time and had such incredible insight; much more than he should have had at such a young age. He shared with me this message from his grandfather:
At the end of the day
if you have
and a hug
its been a pretty damn good day
This is one of my therapeutic drawings;
my patient took this up at the suggestion of his daughter.
There is always room in life, even at the end, to try something new
It is a very simple philosophy and it is a very thought provoking one at the same time. Sometimes it is not the grand days; the days you feel you have done your part to save yourself or humankind. Sometimes it is the day you are grateful for a laugh, cry, and a hug. Enjoy those days because they truly are a 'pretty damn good day'.
Thank you young man for inspiring me and others, your grandfather was blessed to have you to carry on his message of hope and love.