Other than mispelling my name,


Other than mispelling my name, this is a good article about our family’s experience when my mother died.

Dealing with final wishes: A family struggles to do the right thing for their dying mother
By Tim Blangger Of The Morning Call
By Joanna Poncavage Of The Morning Call

Like many people, the Rev. Nick Knisley, rector of Bethlehem’s Trinity Episcopal Church, followed the Terri Schiavo case closely.
As a member of the clergy, he often helps families facing end-of-life issues.
But Schiavo’s case also struck a personal chord for Knisley. Three times in the last five years, he’s had to deal with death in his own family. His father-in-law died, and his daughter, just 2, died after she suffered a heart attack in her crib.
And, three years ago, his mother’s death forced his family to make decisions that made the Schiavo case and its heartbreaking complexity particularly poignant. Her death, he says, underscored the concerns a family can face when critical end-of-life decisions must be made. In hopes of helping others, Knisley has spoken about his mother’s death with parishioners and has written about it in the church newsletter.

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Episcopal bishop, dad, astronomer, erstwhile dancer...