I got a text last night at 2:45 a.m. letting me know that "George" was being released from the hospital into home hospice care. He would not have much time and if I wanted to come see him, I'd better do it quickly.
I was shocked at the profound sadness that enveloped me. The year prior, at Thanksgiving time, I had visited "George" in the hospital following bypass surgery. I arrived with a pumpkin pie. He was exhausted following surgery, but things had gone well and doctors anticipated a complete recovery. It was a visit filled with hope.
Fast forward a year later and he is not expected to pull through this one. I entered his room today and he opened his eyes briefly and thanked me for coming. We made a bit of small talk, but I could see he was exhausted, so I simply held his hand while he slept. It was a humbling, emotional experience for me. I kissed the top of his head before I left. My heart was breaking....
His wife had gone down to the cafeteria and I was able to visit with her for a bit and meet one her sons and a daughter. I made the comment to his wife that I had felt an immediate connection to her and her sweet husband when I first met them. She said, "We felt that same connection the very first time we met you." She was grateful to me for coming, but it is I who benefited from the visit. I can't really put into words my feelings for them, but I am a better person for having known them. They are down-to-earth, genuine good people with huge hearts and a love for God.
This will be the fourth client/friend I have lost since I started in real estate and each loss has been hard for me. I feel so incredibly blessed for amazing clients who give me so much. I learn much from every relationship and am better for having been able to serve them for a short time. It is interesting how humble and beautiful people are when death is knocking at the door. Their is a beauty that shines from them. Almost a radiance. What a privilege to know "George". While my heart feels heavy, I am grateful for the knowledge of the gospel and that families can be forever. I pray for peace for his sweet wife and their beautiful family. May their perspective be eternal in nature and may they all know how very loved they are!