in memory of Bud

For the first time, and not the last, one of my Hospice patients passed away.  His nickname was “Bud”.  He was a sweet old guy who lived 89 years.  I didn’t know him, really, but I was honored to have met him.  Bud was well-loved by his dear wife and family, and they will miss him.  He was a flight engineer in the Air Force during WWII and completed over 60 missions, including flying over Normandy on D-Day.  Just an “ordinary”, extraordinary American hero!  I have the utmost respect for “the greatest generation” of which he was a member.

His passing leaves me not feeling sad, but rather I have a sense of relief, because I know he is in a better place.  He didn’t suffer; he died peacefully — that’s really the point of Hospice, of course.  I feel peaceful, because he is at peace.  Maybe I will meet him again sometime down the road.  Here’s to you, Bud!

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About goldenbearflyer

Robert Martz is a writer who doesn't make any money writing, so he keeps a day job in finance. He lives and works in Walnut Creek, CA. He began blogging in 2011 as a way of taking responsibility for and finding a place to put his thoughts and feelings. He loves to eat, cook, and travel. He volunteers, practices yoga, runs, bicycles, hikes, and explores nature with passion and a child-like sense of wonder. He is inspired by his amazing friends, doers and other writers. Check out another of his blogs at http://goldenbearflyer.webnode.com/.
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