I learned a new word yesterday. Palliative. It refers to healthcare that focuses on relieving pain and suffering of patients. The context was with respect to my friend Don. “There is no course of treatment other than palliative care.”
After a jarring week of a seizure, followed by a brain tumor diagnosis and the gathering of people who love him dearly, Don died early this morning.
The last time I saw Don, he was enjoying a night music and friends. It was a fun night of knowing glances, naughty humor, and lots of laughter. Don is and always will be a warm, gentle and delightful spirit.
Love to you, Don. Thank you for all the kind things you said at all the right times. You will be missed.