And a time to die: the pain and love of a journey home with by Frances Bontrager Greaser

By Frances Bontrager Greaser

This can be a tale of family's trip with their forty-two 12 months previous son David, who was once HIV optimistic lengthy ahead of they knew it. In 1988 he used to be seriously unwell and clinically determined as having AIDS. He died 3 years later.

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David wanted to hear all the details of the previous evening. He became quiet and inactive. He was undoubtedly trying to fit the pieces of his life together Page 41 while going through his own Gethsemane. It was a "downer day" for him and for us. His nostrils flared as he gasped for breath. That frightened all of us. His doctor had said his lung lesions were healing; why was he back on oxygen? Were we facing the end before we could take him home with us? Lawrence sat with him in silence. I went back to my refuge in the lounge/conference room where I could be alone and stare at the confusing metropolis below.

Resurrection is victory over suffering. Christ's life did not end on Friday. It is an Easter world! It was Easter Sunday and the last day of March 1991. Rain and thaw had replaced the snow. The winds were diminishing in deference to the balmy, stimulating breezes of oncoming April. A healing rain had washed away most of the sidewalk debris. The fresh smell of spring in the air invigorated our very beings. We joined others dressed in furs and heels on our way to the First Presbyterian Church between Eleventh and Twelfth streets on Fifth Avenue.

Frank was director of commodities at the J. P. Morgan Bank on Wall Street and zigzagged across the world in the interests of zinc, gold, platinum. We were fortunate that he was at home during our stay there. Mary Ann was a lawyer who supervised all the other lawyers of the Coast Guard on Governor's Island. Their 150-year-old house was tastefully furnished. Financially there was nothing we could do for them. Taking them out for dinner seemed one small way of Page 45 showing our appreciation. Lawyers Steve and Cathy Troyer were included since they could share a commonality with Mary Ann.

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