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  1. Karen O’Connor
    September 19, 2016

    Beautifully written, Carol. I’m happy to say that I did with Charles and with my father all the things on your list. Thank you for encouraging those who are facing this final journey with something they love.

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    • carolnl
      September 19, 2016

      Thank you, Karen. I thought of you and Charles as I wrote this, knowing you’d had those “final conversations” before his passing. Love you!

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  2. MarJean Peters
    September 19, 2016

    I just read 2Cor 1:3-4 this morning, which speaks directly to what you wrote, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” You have been through this and God comforted you and now you comfort and help others with His comfort. Beautifully, tenderly written! Thank You, dear friend. <3

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    • carolnl
      September 19, 2016

      MarJean, that is one of my favorite passages of scripture. Our God doesn’t waste anything, including the pain we go through in different ways. You too have experienced pain and God’s comfort, and out of your pain are ministering to others. I love you.

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  3. Catharine Anderson
    September 19, 2016

    I also remember my last phone call with Jerry. What you wrote is so true. When my mom gave Her cancer-stricken husband permission to leave her, he immediately passed.

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    • carolnl
      September 19, 2016

      Cathy, thanks for your comment. Precious to know that your mother gave Tracy permission to go – and that he immediately passed. Some day please remind me of your last phone conversation with Jerry. See you Thursday!

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  4. Nick Fernandez
    September 18, 2016

    Carol, I know you’ve lived this. I will never forget your grief that has since turned to joy. I will never forget Jerry’s last phone. I am proud to call him my best friend/ brother in the Lord.

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    • carolnl
      September 18, 2016

      Thank you, Nick. Your love for Jerry touches me as well.

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