Cherish. This one-word comment was left on my Facebook page by a long-time friend. I had just posted the news that my brothers and I were holding bedside vigils during our dad’s final days. Looking back, I realize that my friend’s brief post hit the mark.
While helping oversee the physical aspects of dad’s end-of-life care was of paramount importance, it was even more critical to treasure our final relational connections:
. . . to see a light of recognition in his eyes;
. . . to tell him how much he meant to me;
. . . to feel his parched lips kiss my hand.
These are moments I will always cherish.
If you still have your parents, I hope you’ll have the bittersweet privilege of being with them in their final hours.
But more importantly, I urge you not to wait until their lives are slipping away to treasure them.
Begin cherishing them NOW.