A Friend's Passing

I would like to respectfully dedicate this day to Kenny.Sometimes with Alzheimer disease, the brain just forgets to tell the heart to beat.

A short while ago, my friend's husband, Kenny, passed away. Kenny was diagnosed with Alzheimer Disease 9 years ago. Kenny had been living in a nursing home and had only been there for one month. According to his sweet wife, he had been declining rapidly in recent months, but she failed to see it. That happens when we see them on a daily basis.

One morning a few weeks ago, Kenny was sitting on the side of the bed. He was surrounded by pictures of beloved family and friends. His nurse was in the room. According to the nurse, he was sitting on the edge of the bed, silent, gazing at his pictures. Then asked if he could lie down. She helped him down, then he took his last breath. Kenny was gone. Kenny was finally at peace.

Although my friend's life was dedicated to his care for 9 years, she's still in shock that this chapter of their lives is over. While Kenny's passing was truly merciful, he will be terribly missed. My heart is broken for his wife.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

Surely, God knows her grief because of the death of His Son, and will, in time, restore her.