What a remarkable privilege it is when others allow us to enter the most difficult moments of their lives – those moments of anguish for which there are few, if any, words; those moments that seem unending and, sometimes, end badly. When it happens, thank goodness there are people who care – really care – and do their very best to comfort those who suffer. Rumi, the thirteenth-century Persian Sunni poet, put it so beautifully: "Grief can be the garden of compassion." And as we hear from Steve Ryan, it's yet another privilege to bear witness to such remarkable caring.
Steve Ryan lives in Cranston with his beloved wife Kathy, who retired recently after 40 years of dedicated service to the patients of Rhode Island Hospital.