Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hospice in Da House

We've had Hospice care nurses, aides, social workers and volunteers in the house for about 3 weeks now. At least one person comes daily.  Sometimes 2 or 3.  They've been wonderful.....God sent!  These are a special kind of people.  The nurse gave us a booklet to read yesterday, " Gone From My Sight."  It describes different stages to expect in the death process.  At the end of the booklet is a poem by Henry Van Dyke.  Being a lover of the sea, you can imagine this one hit home. 

“I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white
sails to the morning breeze and starts
for the blue ocean.

She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until at length
she hangs like a speck of white cloud
just where the sea and sky come
to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says;
"There, she is gone!"

"Gone where?"
Gone from my sight. That is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull
and spar as she was when she left my side
and she is just as able to bear her
load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at the moment when someone
at my side says, "There, she is gone!"
There are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad
"Here she comes!"

And that is dying.”

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