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With Dignity

Meyskens, Frank L. JR. MD

doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000342593.07431.f7

Here from the beginning when our doors first opened,

a steadying handmaiden to doctors and nurses,

participants in the difficult art of serving people as they pass

from being a person to becoming a patient.

And not just any patient but a patient with cancer, the hardest diagnosis of all.

Your quiet joy assured the rest of us that

we would make it through this clinic, this day

when the onslaught of pain and sorrow

seemed, at times, almost too much to bear.

Today we mourn your passing

but we will not let you go quietly into the night

for we hear the whispers as you pass,

the dignity of your life a prayer to remember.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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