The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Imprint for eternity

My family created lasting memories as we walked with Dad to his final journey

My sister's many attempts couldn't rouse him. He lay so still, we checked to be sure he was breathing. Yes, he was. His stillness nearly took our breath away. This man — only five months earlier an active, curious, quick-witted storyteller of deep faith and ready joke who exhibited an infectious joie de vivre — now seemed so fragile and vulnerable.

Cancer had trailed him for 11 years, but he'd been our family's Energizer Bunny, bouncing back from assaults of the disease, multiple surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy. This time radiation for a brain tumor was more than his body could handle. As he said, "Now they're messing with my control panels."

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