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It’s because I love you…

By Susan E. Ruddy-Maysonet RN BSN, 04/24/2018

It’s because I love you… that I want you to know just how much in the event I am no longer able to speak the words, “I love you”.
It’s because I love you…and you have been everything to me and know me at times, better than I know myself.
It’s because I love you… that I can’t think of anyone else to give this precious but most challenging task to.
It’s because I love you that I ask you to hold me tight when possible, as your hugs will remind me how much I am loved.
It’s because I love you… that you will know that I am wrapping my heart and my arms around you in return.
It’s because I love you… that I would have asked God to empower you with strength and courage to make difficult choices on my behalf and be reassured that no one can fulfil this task better than you.
It’s because I love you… that you will know how confident I am that you are able to help all those near and dear to me understand the choices I have made, including you to be my voice, in the event I didn’t have the chance to tell them myself.
It’s because I love you… that we need to take time out of our busy lives today to talk about this tomorrow, we hope will never come.
But, it’s because I love you… that I want you to be prepared in case it does. Let’s talk.

3 Responses

  1. Sharon Scotton says:

    This was so beautifully written that I would love to share it. Is it permissible to share this during National Health Care Decision Day (NHDD) with people I encounter?

  2. Henny Lugten-Wijmenga says:

    Beautiful and touching poem!
    Certainly I will keep this in mind in conversations about the end of life with my patients and their loved ones.
    Henny Lugten-Wijmenga, elderly physician, specialized in palliative care.[the Netherlands]

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