I appreciate your sharing of past experiences, whether on a personal level as MBM to those who deal with this type of situation professionally and on an on-going basis. You all offered up very good advice, a lot which was centered upon our Dear Lord and Savior, where I'm firmly grounded.
Others reflected on the rights of the man and his dignity. All wonderful advise.
Sadly, I did not get a chance to see my friend one last time. He made his transition by the time I got off work, weathered traffic and got to the hospital.
I did, however, go over to the home and sat with my friend (the wife) We talked about him, we talked about old work buddies, and we sometimes, simply sat in silence. Othertimes, I simply listened to the family members as they fondly remember the Pastor and some of his sermons.
This evening was truly a warm rich experience -- one that solidifies how we have to let go and let God.
"Friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet
when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."