Dear loved ones:
Dad's final days were peace-filled, and his last moments were calm and peaceful (with the Cubs game in the background). Under the loving care of hospice professionals and the devoted care team at Burgess Square, Dad left this life free of pain and with the same dignity, respect and love that Dad showed to so many people during his half century of ministry.
It was a sincere honor to journey with Dad during the last three months, culminating with the sudden decline in Dad's health during the last week. Always the teacher, always the example and always our Dad, he taught us how to accept love, express gratitude and yield control. Dad was truly Dad to the very end.
And what a remarkable journey it has been. From Silver Cross, to Northwestern Memorial, to the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, back to Northwestern Memorial and finishing at Burgess Square - all very different places with different care providers and different treatment plans and outcomes - but all knitted together in an end of life journey that was consistent in so many ways . . . God was present, God's love was shared and God's promise for life beyond these times was assured. Thank you for the love that you shared so generously through emails, calls, visits and prayers. You joined us on this journey - and we're grateful.
And so now we prepare to reflect on Dad's life and celebrate Dad's life eternal next week. More information about the visitation and homegoing call to glory service will be forthcoming, which we'll pass along to you via email in the next day or two.
With assurance of Dad's eternal life with our loving God - and in the hope that we will be reunited with Mom and Dad in Heaven -
Mark and Paul