A Family Conversation: A Prayer for The Dying

Today’s Topic: Death, Dying, Loss and Grief

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.

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Crossing that bridge with lessons I’ve learned
Playing with fire and not getting burned
I may not know what you’re going through
But time is the space between me and you
Life carries on

It goes on

Just say die and that would be pessimistic
In your mind we can walk across the water
Please don’t cry it’s just a prayer for the dying
I just don’t know what’s got into me

A Prayer for the Dying. Performed by Seal. Songwriters: Isidore / Seal / L. Coleman / W. Melovin 1994
BMG Rights Management US, LLC

This week the cousins discuss LadyG’s post, The Black Book, which details important lessons that she learned about death, dying, grief, and loss while working in hospitals. During the conversation she also brings a more recent perspective on loss after working as a Patient Advocate for breast and gynecologic cancer patients.

In addition, Ron offers some valuable insight from his 30+ years working in the medical field.

The Black Book: Closing life’s busy-ness/Cancer/Dying in Clusters/Celestial Discharges/All my 2 minutes
Not Today Jesus!/Boundaries and Burnouts/Salute to Healthcare workers/Causes Worth Facing Death/Respect Life/Comforting-ish Words

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We started today’s discussion on current politics and the loss of civil rights giants, C.T. Vivian and John Lewis, including a commentary on “Black History.”

It should be noted that the deaths of these heroes encouraged Ron to select today’s post.

I’d like to dedicate this post to all of the patients that I loved and cared for before they made their transitions. I love you all and I will see you again. For the ones who remain, I pray for your continued wellness.🌹

Also a very special dedication to our late Grandparents, “Mother” and “Daddy;” and to LadyG’s mother, Eva, and to Ron’s father, Fletcher.

Rest in Peace to everyone who passed away due Covid-19.

May God watch over the families and friends who mourn the loss of anyone who has made the transition; at any point in time.

Reach out to me here in comments if you want to share your experiences with death, dying, loss and grief. Also, tell us how you’ve managed to cope with loss.

Celebrate life and love while you can!

Love LadyG and Ron♥

On the lighter side:

Interesting links referenced in the post:

Drunk History’s: Birmingham Children’s Crusade

Widow at Funeral Meets Jesus

The Time Tunnel (Ron Brown)

Crisis, Opportunity, and Innovation

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Clearly, I ain’t got nothing but time.

That said, I’d much rather spend said time in a way that is inspiring and hopeful.

Frankly, I am getting heart-sick listening to grim statistics being flashed on top of needless political posturing.

I grieve for the sick and the dying.  Not to mention the ones who have made a painful and isolated transition.

I worry for my friends and family who are on the front lines of caring for the ill.

A change in perspective?

Yes!

It’s a MUST!

And so…

I’ve decided that I am NOW going to focus my attention on “the helpers.”

My apologies to Mr. Rogers for taking so long to do so.

To that end, I have been watching videos and reading articles about folks who are using their knowledge, skills and abilities to solve the problem of medical supply scarcity.

Baby, these folks are on the grind!  They are using their “know how” and ingenuity to design and create face masks, N95 respirators and even ventilators!

YES baby, they are from ALL OVER THE WORLD!

(Special shout out to Georgia Tech engineers as I am Georgia born and bred!)

Hats off to ALL the folks who are doing the damn thang and to the folks who produced this piece.

Check out this link:

LadyG love you!