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The Gift of a Good Death: When the Heart is Unconquerable

Recent reminders that God always gives us what we need exactly when we need it most. Grace. Strength. Perspective. Hope. Most of all, hope.

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Four and a half years ago we received the news that my father in law was dying of esophageal cancer.

We heard the news at our grandfather’s funeral.

So while grieving the loss of one well-loved man, we were simultaneously projecting ahead to the loss of another well-loved man.

It was one of those moments when feelings get all mixed up with facts and everything sort of blurs together.

During the following five months (the final five months of his life), my father in law (a man who had struggled with depression for his entire adult life), fought the good fight.

Physically.
Emotionally.
Spiritually.

He underwent every chemo and radiation process with more courage (and never a complaint) than I can imagine myself enduring.

I marveled at how well he accepted, first his terminal diagnosis, and second, the grueling treatment plan that only promised…

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