by Pastor Ralph Mineo
I recently saw a letter on the internet, which an emergency room doctor wrote to a husband whose wife died. The son of the couple posted the hand-written letter on the internet, crossing out names and places for privacy. The letter went viral (which means it spread like wildfire).
I am the Emergency Medicine physician who treated your wife Mrs.----- last Sunday in the Emergency Department at -----. I learned only yesterday about her passing away and wanted to write to you to express my sadness. In my twenty years as a doctor in the Emergency Room, I have never written to a patient or a family member, as our encounters are typically hurried and do not always allow for more personal interaction.
However, in your case, I felt a special connection to your wife, -----, who was so engaging and cheerful in spite of her illness and trouble breathing. I was also touched by the fact that you seemed to be a very loving couple. You were highly supportive of her, asking the right questions with calm, care and concern. From my experience as a physician, I find that
the love and support of a spouse or a family member is the most soothing gift, bringing peace and serenity to those critically ill.
I am sorry for your loss and I hope you can find comfort in the memory of your wife’s great spirit and of your loving bond. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.
This is a beautiful letter which speaks about deep healing. The woman, obviously, wasn't cured of her illness, but she and her husband, the son, even the doctor, experienced the grace of God! They appreciated the gift of life God gave us, and the eternal love of Jesus. When we are in Christ Jesus, nothing in all of creation can separate us from this eternal love! By this love we can have true healing of body, mind, and spirit.
May God in Christ give you such grace, peace, and healing. May God give you people who will journey with you in time of illness and struggle. May God inspire and strengthen you to be such a person for others. May God give you, over and over again, the eternal love of Jesus. Amen.