Here is a special opportunity for us, thanks to Ben.
I’ve known Ben for over 50 years, his wife Ann for even longer. I love them both. Ben is in his final stages of chronic kidney disease: incurable, final, close to death. Ben and Ann have agreed to share his last few weeks with us. I consider this a huge honor. Ben and Ann wish to help others who will be following their pathway in the months and years to come.
Ben is an engineer by trade and one hell of a sales person. Ben and Ann live in a comfortable home they’ve owned for over 30 years. The Appalachian Trail is a stone’s throw from their backyard. Ben wishes to spend his remaining days at home, sharing his hours with Ann and his children and grandchildren. He is a man of great faith and is visited often by his friend and priest. There is a strong presence of a fabulous hospice team that brings additional love, knowledge and comfort to his process of dying. Ben displays an attitude of joy and fulfillment. He does not show fear, only a healthy respect and curiosity for what awaits him.
I will share more of Ben’s story in the coming weeks under the title “Ben’s journey.” You are welcome to join us.