A Client Adviser, Charlie (*named changed), faced a large Chinese family whose matriarch wanted to use the Death with Dignity law to quiet the pain she had felt for months.
At one meeting the client, three daughters, three sons-in-law and our Charlie* sat around a table to discuss the difficult conditions that had gotten her to that point.
Her life included escape from Communist China, a difficult process establishing a business with her husband, and making her place in this country. She said she felt very lucky despite the disease that was stealing her life.
The whole room was held spellbound by her story.
When she finished she looked at her volunteer and said, “…and you are love, Mr. Charlie*. I can tell.”
On her final day she drank her foul-tasting medication down like it was spring water and told her family that this was one of the happiest days of her life.
Then she looked up and said, “Thank you Jesus … and thank you Mr. Charlie*.”