Evelyn Tileston: A note of thanks
April 29, 2014
To the editor:
This is a very difficult piece to write, not because there is no one to thank, but because "thank you" seems like such an inadequate way to express the deep and abiding gratitude I feel towards all those who are showing me and my family such sincere kindness and sympathy during the time of our grief over the death of Gordon.
There is a pile of beautiful sympathy cards here, some with kind notes: amazingly, no two alike. There is food in my freezer, prepared by loving hands and given with the humble comment, "I hope this will help a little." There are living plants and fresh flowers, even some donations in Gordon's memory. There are hugs, kind words and offers of help every day. How in the world does a person thank people for this outpouring of compassion?
Dr. Pamela Kinder and the staff at Sand Rock Ridge Care & Rehab Center did the very best they could to keep Gordon comfortable and engaged. They took my suggestions for Gordon's care to heart, providing tender loving care even to his last minute. They would say that they were doing their job, to which I respond that you can't pay people for compassion, nor can you teach it.
Owen Grant and his staff were sensitive and efficient, making sure that we made informed decisions. I especially acknowledge and thank Father White of St. Marks and Father Turner of St. Paul's for your prayerful patience and understanding and for leading us through a beautiful service. To the congregations of their churches, thank you for helping to make Gordon's service and luncheon so successful. Our family and out-of-town visitors were favorably impressed. The honor guard provided by the VFW/American Legion honored themselves as they honored Gordon at the cemetery.
Ever mindful am I that all this outpouring of kindness and compassion is a manifestation of the love and compassion offered to all by the divine savior of all, Jesus the Christ. It is his strength and his peace that is getting us through this time of grief.