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Losing to Oregon

by HERE4UOK

Losing yet another good acquaintance…

Let’s call him Roger. I just got an email from him saying goodbye. He’s moving to Seaside, OR

I didn’t know. WE didn’t know (one of the groups I volunteer at) he’d been planning ‘his trip’ since last year.

Roger is a two-time cancer survivor.

Always the fighter, he went to own the business he started working at years ago.

His youngest ‘child’ will be heading for college this summer.

Roger’s wife’s already waiting for him having passed a few years ago after a tragic accident.

Roger has a thriving business, family and has his entire affairs in order.

He also has ALS. An aggressive case of it.

It’s been amazing knowing him.

If things could only be as smooth as this all the time as one prepares for the final exit…

Do you see it? You can still accomplish a lot, put things in order, minimize the impact of our own departure on our family and friends.

Leaving doesn’t necessarily mean that we have to make a messy exit (not referring to the chosen method). We can go graciously and responsibly…

…or not leave at all.

suesyd . nomore (at) g mail . co m

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4beyondhelp 5/1/2016 - 10:31 pm

I don’t think there is a way for me to go responsibly, and I am selfish enough to do it anyway. Appreciate the sentiment, though.

HERE4UOK 5/2/2016 - 1:19 pm

@4beyondhelp
Understood. For others there will always be a certain amount of unfinished business left behind. That’s a given. I mean, it’s not like you all have the luxury of completely tying all the lose ends days, weeks even, before the day, right? People notice these things and may set off some alarms triggering people into intervening…
Physician-assisted suicide in the United States is legal in the states of California, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, but more and more I know of people choosing OR for some reason…

4beyondhelp 5/2/2016 - 2:44 pm

True.
I’m sorry you’re losing a friend.

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