NEEDING HELP TO SAY GOODBYE
When my mother was dying of lung cancer, I took a Family Medical leave to spend the last five weeks of her life with her. Day after day, I sat by her bed as she withered away. After several weeks I was emotionally, physically and spiritually exhausted. I went for a walk in woods nearby and found myself weeping and singing “Peace Like a River” over and over. Within the song lay my fervent prayer for courage. By the time I got back to her room, God had given me the strength I needed to be fully present with her, right to the end. It was a gift for which I will always be grateful.
— Bonnie Bishop