Honor & Dignity

After a brain aneurism, heart, and lung failures; a World War II and Korean War veteran, “R.S.”, could only communicate by writing his questions and short responses. In his last communication to his loved ones, he struggled to say something very important, but he could not be understood. He was given a pen and paper, and he shakily wrote “Bon Appetite” as his friends left for a few minutes.

“R.S” was acknowledging that even as he was facing his last few hours he wanted his friends to enjoy life. The hospice caregivers along with the knowledge that his affairs were in order allowed him to have a peaceful passing.  He knew he was loved and going “home”. Sometimes, the only one to write about an “orphan” elder’s life for the memorial is their named fiduciary. Here is the start of this man’s memorial.

A group of black and white pictures are in the shape of a square.

Indiana boy. Corn fed and full of Christmas wonder. Born just before the Great Depression; World War II dominated his teen years. As soon as he could, he jumped on a ship bound for the Pacific Theatre in World War II, serving from 1943 to 1946.  Always an optimist, and naturally curious, he was always a learner. This Indiana farm boy loved to explore, travel and stay active. And singing! He loved to use his beautiful voice to offer cheery comfort, even when he was ill.

His service in the military was honored with a 21-Gun salute at his memorial.

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Loren Emmanuel