My Friend Tom is Dying
My friend Tom Seckman is dying. Here is the letter I wrote about his situation to our church.
Dear Church of the Redeemer,
I'm writing to you today with sad news regarding one of our beloved founding members, Tom Seckman. Tom has been diagnosed with stage four kidney failure, along with some pneumonia. After a great deal of prayerful discussion with his doctors and his family, Tom has decided to move into hospice care.
Tom asked me to tell you the truth of his situation. He is dying. He is not happy about that. In fact, he is angry. He loves life. He loves his family and friends, and he doesn't want to be separated from us. However, he is not afraid to die. He knows where he is going, and he knows who it is that waits for him there.
Tom is presently in the Critical Care ward of St. Thomas hospital, room 239. At some point today, he will be moved to Alive Hospice, located on the third floor of that same hospital. Tom is happy to have visitors, though I would ask that you keep your visits fairly short. If you wish to see him, I recommend that you not wait long to make that visit.
Tom is a dear friend of mine, and I will miss him a great deal. I'm happy for his sake that he will soon be reunited with another dear friend, his wife, M.E., and with all the other saints who have gone before us.
I ask your prayers for Tom and his family, for peace.
Blessings to you,
Fr. Thomas McKenzie