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1st March 2008 by Arrow Durfee Posted in Uncategorized

Stan provided a self will and self knowledge to us that was remarkable. I didn’t know him personally but watched from a distance as I often do with patients that are not under my care. His diagnosis evades me now, but I it was cardiac in nature. Still independent with many of his cares he would wheel himself around in his wheel chair. He was probably in his late 60’s.

One day as I was walking past the bell room I saw Stan in there with a couple of friends. He was holding the gong and speaking. I couldn’t hear what he was saying. As I passed one window then the next I saw him raise the gong and strike the bell. Shortly after their moment of silence as the bell sounded and faded into nothingness, the small group left and Stan wheeled himself to his room.

Someone who was there for this little ceremony told me later that Stan rang the bell for his life and all the good things it had brought to him and he said goodbye to all he had known with this symbolic gesture. None of us had expected what was coming. Two hours later Stan had quietly passed on.

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