Posts Tagged ‘ preparing for death ’

THE CALL I DIDN’T WANT TO MAKE

Nov 20th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

These days, more and more, the message comes of one or another of long time friends, colleagues, and dear comrades who are in declining health. The news, while not always unexpected, nonetheless reaches deeply into the heart and pulls at memory and the tight bonds created years ago.

Such news prompts a recognition of the utter and irreplaceable value of those relationships, what they came to mean and how much the recall of them is so valued. Old friends, old times, old joys, old recollections, old and forever valued connections.

But, through an ordinary email, innocently, the news came of one of the finest human beings I have known and his struggle with major health issues. It rocks one a bit. It holds up the mirror of reality and reflects how much



WHEN SENIOR CITIZENS GRADUATE

Sep 7th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

While one may quickly think of tributes and congratulations related to those who graduate from a school of learning during this season, it has nothing to do with that. Although, it could. Graduations mark an enormously important moment in a senior’s life experience. It looks ahead, it relies on what has been learned, it anticipates what is next. But the graduation to which we refer has nothing to do with these long expected occasions. Indeed, this graduation is not a moment for gift giving, nor is it a time for attending huge ceremonies where diplomas are proffered. Indeed it is a very solemn and often sad moment. My guess is you are catching my drift by now.

When seniors graduate, for those of us who have already been through all the matriculation opportunities and exercises earlier in our life experience, the most remarkable graduation is upon our passing. Death marks the final graduation. The



Seniors: Some Musings About Death

Jun 1st, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It seems that this issue comes to the fore more often than we would like as we grow older. Someone is met with a major emergency, requiring a quick trip to the emergency room, a transfer to a room awaiting surgery, a surgical procedure and then the long wait for stabilization. Then, before we know it things go south and life takes on a tragic, dramatic, sudden dimension requiring rapid response.

Most, who are met with the issue of someone having died, are faced with having to understand how they fit in, if they were close to the deceased, or had some clue about their lives and the disposition of their estates.

It always varies how such matters are addressed. Sometimes it includes those who were close, but not family. Much of the