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Tom was a lovely old guy. I met him first when
he retired from his farm. He was nearly 90 years
old. He was someone who had worked hard and
been a good farmer, but the last few years of
his life had been hard. First his wife had died
and then his only child, a daughter, had died in
tragic circumstances. Now in his mid 90's I met
Tom in hospital. He had an oxygen mask on and
was finding it hard going to get enough oxygen
into his lungs which were full of fluid. He had
We talked as best we could. When the nursing
staff came by with the antibiotics I could see
Tom wince. I simply said to him, "Tom you would
like to be left to die wouldn't you?" With a weak
nod of a head he whispered "yes". We prayed
together, and I asked God to take good care of
Tom in his journey beyond us, and blessed him. I
sensed a peace in him that was not there before
our conversation. Medical staff were sympathetic
to my request that active treatment should be
stopped, and not so many hours later I got a call
to say Tom had peacefully died.
I believe this was the right course of action
to take. It seemed to me wrong to keep active
treatment going. Tom was ready to die, the
question of whether to prolong his life was
a question that needed to be asked. I didn't
believe Tom was depressed or suffering from
any issue that might later change his thinking.
Maybe most importantly I felt the peace of
God in what was being proposed, and in what
eventuated. We were walking on sacred ground
and I was thankful the medical team were able
to switch focus from life-saving to making Tom
comfortable in his final hours.
Have you let those close to you
know your wishes about what
should happen if you are close
What should happen?
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Phone: 358 5443
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HIRE OR BUY NEW
KIDS EXPO AND
Saturday 13th of October
50 Colombo St, Beckenham
$2 entry per adult
New and pre used clothing,
toys, books &
equipment for sale.
Also check out the displays
by local businesses of
child-related merchandise &
services (cash sales only)
South Parent Centre
Annual attraction: St Mark's Twilight Fair -- the
fabulous plant stall, above, and, right, two satisfied
customers enjoy a Korean meal.
An annual fete with a community spirit is the place to
entertain the children, enjoy tasty treats and discover
On Friday, October 26, St Mark's Church and
Community Centre in Avonhead will be holding its
popular Twilight Fair from 5pm till 7pm.
"The fair has an emphasis on children's activities
and because it's tea-time -- food," says St Mark's
minister Dugald Wilson.
"For the children there are donkey rides, games and
activities, a bouncy castle, and a special kids' books
and games stall."
He said food stalls include baked potatoes,
sausages, candy floss and the special feature, a food
stall where five different Korean foods can be
A growing attraction is the plant stall, which opens
at 11am. It is a great place to buy vegetable plants
with other treasures including hostas, and a wide
range of flowering plants.
"This year we have a special range of tomato
seedlings called 'Minister's Choice' that have been
grown every year from seed brought back by a soldier
after World War II,'' Dugald says.
Book lovers will find a large selection of books,
music lovers will find CD's, bargain hunters will find
second hand bargains and the large craft stall has a
huge selection of handmade items and craft supplies.
The cake stall will offer the always popular and quick
selling home made cakes and biscuits. Separate stalls
sell home made sweets and jams.
"Fairs are great places to pick up bargains and at
the same time you know you are supporting a great
cause," Dugald says.
"This year, St Mark's will be giving away at least 10
per cent of the fair proceeds to the Petersgate
Counselling Centre, which is one of the busiest
counselling centres in Christchurch.
''A clean-up bargain sale will be held the next day
St Mark's Church and Community Centre, Withells
Rd, just south of the Avonhead Shopping Mall.
Phone 358 5443
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