Wednesday, August 19, 2009


This is, from all places, a quote from a character in a Harry Potter book:

"Then he greeted Death as an old friend, and went with him gladly, and, equals, they departed this life."

It is much more difficult to embrace the death of a young husband and father, and the son of two of the kindest people I have ever known.

It has been a long and difficult struggle with a dehabilitating disease, the entire last month of his life spent in an ICU ward in Tucson, and opens up a long struggle for his widow and toddler son.

But I also firmly believe that Kameron has stepped outside of his pain and suffering, and looking back, knows his family will be by his side soon.

This poem was written by President Hinckley, put into song, and sung at his funeral:

What is this thing that men call death?
This quiet passing in the night?
‘Tis not the end but genesis
Of better worlds and greater light

O God, touch Thou my aching heart
And calm my troubled, haunting fears
Let hope and faith, transcendent, pure
Give strength and peace beyond my tears.

There is no death, but only change
With recompense for vict’ry won
The gift of Him who loved all men
The Son of God, the Holy One.

Please, take just a minute, and say a quiet prayer for his wife and family.