Posts Tagged ‘God bless you’

Wait For It . . .

August 18, 2008

god-bless-you-mr-rosewater-coverEight years ago, I drove to Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park to see my friend, Joe, who was battling liver disease. When I walked in his room, his girlfriend, Beth, was standing over him, sprinkling water over Joe while she said a prayer.

I asked her what she was doing and she said she was blessing Joe with rose water. I couldn’t help but smile. I reached in my briefcase and pulled out the book I had brought to read in case Joe was sleeping.

It was . . . wait for it . . . (more…)

Completing the Circle With Chuck

August 9, 2008

sunset-over-roadIt was a beautiful March day. But when I picked up the phone I knew that somebody somewhere was dying. It was Ann Lutgen, an Allina Hospice coordinator. As a hospice volunteer and certified massage therapist, I get called when a terminally ill patient is in need of healing touch. “We have a fifty-eight-year-old man with lung cancer,” Ann said. “He’s having trouble breathing, which causes him to panic. His family thought massage might help.” “Sure, I can see him in the next few days,” I told her. “What’s his name?” When Ann said, “Charles Potuznik,” I froze. Oh, my God, I thought. That has to be Chuck.