Posted by: Jonathan Caswell | May 14, 2011

LOVED ONES


LOVED ONES

My brother-in-law called us today

Talking about his wife who was fading away,

He said it was good to talk for a while

With me and his sister going through the same trial

Of waiting for the end—most of the family gone home

And he was left to watch alone.

He rarely called before

But he knew where.

In honor of my brother-in-law, Joe, and my wife’s sister-in-law, Helen, who is dying with terminal pancreatic cancer.

—-Jonathan Caswell


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  3. Thanks, friends…Helen isn’t dead yet, but it is only a matter of time, Joe and HIS brother-in-law have been trading off being with Helen’s bedside.

  4. Beautiful expression of a difficult situation… What words can we share to make it easier? So hard to know… Praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Asking God to comfort and bring His Presence.

    • Sure do appreciate all your kindnesses—Helen still hangs on, somehow got hiccups for a while, she’s on morphine now. Joe talked with me on the phone recently. First time he’s called us himself for a long while. One is left wishing her suffering would end, but then feeling bad for wishing she would die. Helen’s youngest daughter, Carrie (no relation to another ‘Carrie’ on these pages), has been carrying a lot of the load as well. Thank you for your prayers! Jonathan & Diana Caswell

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  6. UPDATE: Helen passed away a week ago. Monday. Her funeral was yesterday. Diana and I were unable to attend, altho’ we said our prayers for the service and participants…and remembered.

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