Healing a relationship

Story #6: Healing a relationship [1]

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Joe’s children and grandchildren were so warm and loving and their communication was so open, that Mark, the hospice volunteer, wondered if he should have himself assigned to another family. Before asking for a transfer, Mark privately approached the dying man and asked, “Is there anything you can think of, anything at all, that I can help you with before you die?”

“I’m so glad you asked,” Joe said, “I’ve been troubled by one thing that I really want to clear up before I die, but I need help to do it, and I didn’t know who to ask.”

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[1] Extracts from Facing Death and Finding Hope:
A Guide to the Emotional and Spiritual Care of the Dying By Christine Longaker, Broadway Books, New York 2001, 262 pp